Uncontested races set in Jenkintown
When voters hit t he polls jay 21 f or t he primary election t hey will f i nd uncontested r aces f or t he six Jenkintown Council seats and f our school board director seats up f or election t his year.
fn Jenkintown Borough, Democratic i ncumbents jatthew Boutcher and Deborra Sines- Pancoe will cont end f or t he t wo open seats i n Ward 1 and Christian Soltiysiak is vying f or t he open seat i n Ward 2.
cellow i ncumbents Richard Bunker, who was r ecently appointed to t he board and now must r un in t he elect i on, along with i ncumbent hieran carr ell, will contend f or t he t wo open seats in Ward 3 and will also be on t he Democratic ballot.
Democrat and newcomer Justin jixon, 4M, is vying f or t he open seat i n Ward 4.
jixon said he i s r unning i n t he election because he wants t o give back t o t he community, support t he schools and help develop downt own Jenkintown.
“f want t o make sure we maintain our i nfrastructure,” he said. “f want t o make sure t he school district and borough can collaborate effectively and f want to work to promote new and existing businesses.”
f ncumbent Allyson Dobbs, who served on t he board f or eight years, will not be seeki ng r e- election. She said t hat her stint was sufficient and she is l ooking f orward to r econnecting with her f amily.
“f ’ m glad about t he f r i endships f ’ ve made on council,” she said. “jixon x who is r unning f or my seatz will be great. The t orch has been passed.”
ln t he school board, i ncumbents jaya Cheek, Carmen Ezzo and Douglas joore, as well as newcomer Stephen Schaphorst cross- f i l ed — r unning on both t he Republican and Democratic ball ots.
Schaphorst, who att ended Jenkintown schools and whose sons attended t he schools, said he has always t aken an i nterest in t he school board. f f elected, he said he r eally wants t o f ocus his attention on t he school district’s budget and help with i ssues t hat his background as a software engineer may be of service.
f ncumbent Patty Caster, who has served on t he board f or 12 years, will not be seeki ng r e- election. Caster said she’s enjoyed serving on t he board, but t hat i t ’s t i me f or someone else with new i deas t o have a t urn.
“kow t hat my children are grown, f am also i nterested i n putt i ng my t i me and energy i nto my art career,” she said. “f n addition, f am battling cancer and need my t i me and energy to meet t his challenge.”