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Sites to run for council as Republican; Willenbecher will be on ballot twice

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 7/17/19

It’s official: Scott Sites is in.

Sites last Wednesday said he will accept the Republican nomination to be on the fall general election ballot competing for a Middletown Borough Council …

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Sites to run for council as Republican; Willenbecher will be on ballot twice

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It’s official: Scott Sites is in.

Sites last Wednesday said he will accept the Republican nomination to be on the fall general election ballot competing for a Middletown Borough Council seat, county Elections & Voter Registration Director Jerry Feaser told the Press & Journal.

Sites received enough write-in votes — 26 — from Republicans in the May 21 primary to earn a spot on the fall ballot. However, Sites did not make his intentions known until last week.

Sites served two terms on council before deciding not to run again in 2015.

Four seats are up on the seven-member council this year. Council is guaranteed at least one new face come January, as incumbent Robert Reid is not running again.

Sites is one of four Republicans who will be on the fall ballot. The others are Richard Kluskiewicz, former Councilor David Rhen, and incumbent Democratic Councilor Ellen Willenbecher.

Willenbecher was already on the ballot as a Democrat, having gotten the most Democratic votes in the primary.

Willenbecher also received enough write-in votes from Republicans in the primary to also earn a spot on the fall ballot as a Republican, because only two Republicans were on the ballot and there are four seats open.

Besides Willenbecher, the three other Democrats on the fall ballot will be Council President Angela Lloyd, Council Vice President Mike Woodworth, and newcomer Phyllis Dew.

Willenbecher, Lloyd and Woodworth were all appointed to borough council in 2018, and are all seeking election to a full four-year term.