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Middletown Borough Council election results

Posted 11/5/13

This page was updated at 10:03 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5.First Ward

In Middletown's First Ward, unofficial results show that challenger Thomas Handley and incumbent Robert Louer have defeated challenger Rachelle Reid for two seats on borough …

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Middletown Borough Council election results

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This page was updated at 10:03 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

First Ward

In Middletown's First Ward, unofficial results show that challenger Thomas Handley and incumbent Robert Louer have defeated challenger Rachelle Reid for two seats on borough council.  Handley received 304 votes, Louer received 233 votes, and Reid received 202 votes, with both precincts reporting.

“I hope that I can bring some needed change to the council,” said Handley, who ran on an anti-incumbent platform.  “I’m happy to see the amount of change that we did get.  I’m glad to see that that happened, so we’re looking at at least four new faces on council, and maybe this is what the town needs.”

Louer, however, said he is glad to have been reelected to continue to implement council’s current policies.

“I want to continue on, and if we had been elected out, we wouldn’t be able to carry them through,” he said.  “Once [the new councilors] see what it is and they understand [the financial situation], they’ll pick up where we are.”

Reid congratulated Handley and Louer on their victories, but promised to continue letting her voice be heard in borough government.

“It is what it is, and in this case, Bob won - but I’m still going to play watchdog,” she said. “I’m not going to disappear, I’m not going to recede back into the wood work.  This is where I live, and I’ve got a right to voice my opinions and my thoughts. If they mess up, I’ll be right there to tell them.”


Second Ward

In Middletown's Second Ward, 2nd precinct, unofficial results show that challengers Benjamin Kapenstein and Anne Einhorn have defeated incumbents Barbara Arnold and Donald Brooks.  Kapenstein received 342 votes, Anne Einhorn received 345 votes, Barbara Arnold received 242 votes, and Donald Brooks received 214 votes, unofficial results show.

Einhorn and Kapenstein campaigned as running mates, and both said they were happy their victories.

I feel blessed, I just want to thank everybody for the support.  I’m looking forward to getting started, and helping to move the town forward however we can,” Kapenstein said.

“I’d like to put all the negativity behind us – it’s over now, the election’s over, so hopefully everybody can move forward,” he added, congratulating all the winners.

Einhorn expressed similar thoughts.

“Of course, I’m really pleased to have won and thankful for everybody who voted for change,” she said. “ I’m thankful that Ben won as well. I think that it will be an interesting movement on council. I think that it will be challenging, and hopefully there will be debate, discussion, and progress.”

Brooks wished Einhorn and Kapenstein luck moving forward. 

“The results speak for themselves,” he said. “Apparently the people don’t have the faith in Barbara and I, and that’s their choice. I wish them all the luck - they’re going to need it.”

Arnold could not be reached for comment.

 

Third Ward

In Middletown's Third Ward, unofficial results show that Victoria Malone has defeated fellow challenger Marcia Cleland for a seat on borough council.  Malone received 239 votes and Cleland received 237 votes, with both precincts reporting.

Third Ward challenger Marcia Cleland is not conceding defeat after trailing fellow challenger Victoria Malone by two votes according to unofficial election results.

“I will leave that open,” she said, noting that there may be provisions for recounts in a race determined by such a slim margin.

In addition, Cleland’s daughter cast a provisional ballot today because her name was not on the voting rolls despite being registered to vote, she said. Jerry Feaser, Director of the Dauphin County Bureau of Elections and Voter Registration, confirmed that provisional votes are not included in the unofficial results, although absentee ballots are included.

The county will begin a computation of all votes, including provisionary votes, on Friday, Feaser said.

There is no automatic recount provision for close races in local elections, he added.

Assuming the results stand, Cleland said, “I’m definitely dissatisfied that I didn’t win, but it’s a close race and I did everything that I could, so I’m happy with it, and I wish Vicki luck.”

Malone could not be reached for comment.

 


Unofficial Vote Tallies By Ward

First Ward (Two Seats Open)

Thomas Handley:  TOTAL:  304
-1st Precinct:  101

-2nd Precinct:  203

Robert Louer:  TOTAL:  233
-1st Precinct:  94

-2nd Precinct:  139

Rachelle Reid:  TOTAL:  202
-1st Precinct:  89
-2nd Precinct:  113 

2 of 2 precincts reporting

Second Ward (Two Seats Open)

Barbara Arnold:  TOTAL:  242
-1st Precinct:  126

-2nd Precinct:  116

Donald Brooks:  TOTAL:  214
-1st Precinct:  106

-2nd Precinct:  108

Anne Einhorn:  TOTAL:  345
-1st Precinct:  194

-2nd Precinct: 151

Benjamin Kapenstein:  TOTAL:  342

-1st Precinct:  183
-2nd Precinct:  159

 2 of 2 precincts reporting

Third Ward (One Seat Open)

Marcia Cleland:  TOTAL:  237
-1st Precinct:  100

-2nd Precinct:  137

Victoria Malone:  TOTAL:  239
-1st Precinct:  103

-2nd Precinct:  136

2 of 2 precincts reporting