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So will Curry run for mayor? Write-in votes likely will give him a chance

Some council members also might be able to run as write-ins

By Dan Miller danmiller@pressandjournal.com
Posted 5/17/17

November's general election could be a rematch for Middletown mayor between Robert Givler - the winner of Tuesday’s Republican primary - and incumbent James H. Curry III.

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So will Curry run for mayor? Write-in votes likely will give him a chance

Some council members also might be able to run as write-ins

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November's general election could be a rematch for Middletown mayor between Robert Givler - the winner of Tuesday’s Republican primary - and incumbent James H. Curry III.

It’s too early to know if Curry got enough write-in votes in the primary to earn a spot on the Democratic ballot in the fall - and whether Curry will even choose to run if that is the case.

Curry would need just 10 write-in votes to gain a spot on the Democratic ballot in the fall, assuming no one else gets more write-in votes for mayor on the Democratic side than him. Dauphin County election results showed 90 write-in votes for mayor on both the Democratic and Republican side.

Curry told the Press & Journal on Tuesday that he's going to wait until Dauphin County makes the write-in results official.

If he does receive enough write-in votes to be on the ballot, Curry said he will first talk with his family before deciding whether to run again. Curry plans to make that decision “very quickly” after the official write-in votes are known.

“If that actually is the result that is hard to ignore - if people go out of their way to write you in,” Curry said. “That’s really quite meaningful and it would deserve heavy consideration and discussion.”

Curry believes he may have received some write-in votes on the Republican side, which would be “the public sending a message and I need to really consider that.”

Curry said he didn’t run a write-in campaign, but that Councilor Dawn Knull was passing around literature at the polls Tuesday urging people write Curry in for mayor.

Some early - and unofficial - numbers from the primary indicate chances are good that Curry got enough write-in votes to get on the Democratic ballot.

Results posted at the First Ward, First Precinct at Rescue Fire Hall show that Curry received 32 write-in votes in the race for mayor.

But the results don’t say whether Curry was written in on the Republican ballot, on the Democratic ballot, or on both.

Curry also received 12 write-in votes for mayor at the First Ward, Second Precinct at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Seven were on the Democratic ballot and five on the Republican side.

All six borough precincts posted write-in numbers, but just two of the six precincts - the two in the First Ward - posted information identifying by name who received write-in votes.

The mayor had also posted a video on his Facebook page Tuesday, informing voters they were not restricted to the candidates on the ballot but could write in the name of anyone they chose.

Curry in the video urged voters support Knull and fellow incumbent Councilor Ben Kapenstein in their bids for re-election, and also to cast write-ins for incumbents Ian Reddinger and Anne Einhorn, both of whom had decided not to run again.

Reddinger received 14 write-in votes at the First Ward, First Precinct; 12 for a four-year council seat and two for a two-year term. The results did not indicate which party.

Reddinger also appeared to receive seven write-in votes at the First Ward, Second Precinct; including four for a four-year council seat on the Republican ballot and three for a four-year term on the Democratic ballot.

“I’m fairly confident Ian has a good shot” at enough write-in votes to get on the fall ballot, Curry said. The mayor in an earlier video had said he believed both Reddinger and Einhorn would consider running again if they got enough write-in votes to be on the ballot.

Einhorn appeared to receive five write-in votes for a four-year council seat from the First Ward, First Precinct; and another two write-in votes on each of the Republican and Democratic four-year ballots at the First Ward, Second Precinct.

Earlier Tuesday Curry said it didn’t matter to him whether Givler or Richard Hiester won the Republican primary.

“They are the same candidate. They are both ex-police officers who are retired from the Middletown Police Department,” Curry said. “You don’t want a retired Middletown police officer running the Middletown Police Department. I think that would be the worst possible thing.”

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