2012-03-10 / News

Recount expected in race for county prosecutor

By Charles Prince

LANCASTER – There will be a recount unless provisional ballots pads incumbent Greg Marx’s unofficial lead of 41 votes over Terre L. Vandervoort for the Republican nomination for county prosecutor.

The battle between Marx, who was appointed last May to complete David Landefeld’s unexpired term when long-time prosecutor retired early, and Vandervoort, who has been Lancaster’s law director and prosecutor since 1996, was one of two hotly contested primary contests in the county. Marx has been first assistant county prosecutor since 1982.

The other race pitted challenger John Bowman against incumbent County Clerk of Courts Deborah Smalley. She held him off by a 9,398 to 8,386 unofficial vote.

Buckeye Lake Marina owner and Millersport Council President Dave Levacy garnered 12,910 votes in his unopposed bid for the Republican nomination to replace retiring County Commissioner Judy Shupe. Levacy will face Greenfield Township Trustee George C. Hallarn of Carroll in November. Hallarn received 3,939 votes in his unopposed bid for the Democratic nomination.

Incumbent County Commissioner Steven Davis will face Reed Bailey in November. He was appointed early last year to fill Commissioner Jon Myers’ unexpired term after he retired early. Neither Davis nor Bailey were challenged in their respective primaries. Davis garnered 12,789 votes in the Republican primary while Bailey received 3,788.

Democrats are only fielding candidates in November for the two county commissioner positions. Provisional ballots and a possible recount will determine whether Marx keeps his job as county prosecutor.

The rest of the county incumbents were unopposed in the Republican primary and will not face a Democrat challenger in November. They are:

• Sheriff Dave Phalen - 16,828 votes Tuesday;

• Recorder Gene Wood - 14,096 votes;

• Treasurer Brian Kuhn - 14,251 votes;

• Engineer Jeremiah D. Upp - 13,476 votes; and

• Coroner Thomas R. Vajen - 14,100 votes.

Incumbent State Representative Gerald Stebelton will face Democrat Kelly Bryant in November. Stebelton garnered 10,659 votes in his unopposed bid for the Republican nomination. Bryant was also unopposed, receiving 3,075 votes in the Democratic primary.

Voters in Baltimore’s Precinct B approved two liquor options. By a 205-71 vote, Broken Spoke Garlic LLC at 108 N. Main St., is permitted for weekday and Saturday sale of beer, wine and mixed beverages and on-premises sale of spirituous liquor by the glass. The same applicant, by a 185-92 vote, is permitted to make Sunday on-off premises sale of beer, wine, mixed beverages and liquor.

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