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Sites still mum on possible Middletown Borough Council run

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 7/10/19

Dauphin County is still waiting to hear from Scott Sites on whether Sites will accept a position on the fall ballot in the race for Middletown Borough Council.

Sites, who served two terms on …

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Sites still mum on possible Middletown Borough Council run

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Dauphin County is still waiting to hear from Scott Sites on whether Sites will accept a position on the fall ballot in the race for Middletown Borough Council.

Sites, who served two terms on council before deciding not to run again in 2015, had received 26 write-in votes from Republican voters in the May 21 primary.

That earned him a spot on the ballot if he wants it, but as of Monday, county Elections & Voter Registration Director Jerry Feaser said he still had not heard from Sites.

Sites in a Monday email to the Press & Journal did not say what his intentions are.

According to state election law, people who receive enough write-in votes in the primary have until July 15 to respond to the county as to their intentions, Feaser said.

That deadline is based on when the county gives final approval to primary election results. This year that approval occurred June 5.

By July 15, write-in candidates must do two things, Feaser said. One is to indicate on a form sent by the county whether they will be on the fall ballot.

The other is to file a financial statement of interest, which the candidate files with both the municipality and with the county, Feaser said.

If the county receives no response from Sites by July 15, then he will not be on the fall ballot, Feaser said. The ballot position will remain unfilled.

Four seats are up on the seven-member borough council this year.

Four Democrats advanced in the primary to be on the fall ballot — incumbent Council President Angela Lloyd, Council Vice President Mike Woodworth, Councilor Ellen Willenbecher, and newcomer Phyllis Dew.

Two Republicans who were on the primary ballot advanced to the fall election, being Richard Kluskiewicz and former Councilor David Rhen.

Willenbecher, who received the most votes from Democrats in the primary, also received enough write-in votes from Republicans to also be listed on the fall ballot as a Republican. Willenbecher has told the Press & Journal she will accept also being on the Republican ballot.

Lloyd and Woodworth also received write-in votes from Republicans in the primary — 18 and 15, respectively.

But under state election law only Willenbecher and Sites qualify to fill the two available slots on the GOP ballot, by virtue of having received the highest number of write-in votes from Republican voters in the primary. Willenbecher received 19 write-in votes from Republicans.

At least one new face is guaranteed on council come January, as Councilor Robert Reid is not seeking re-election.