Barring an unexpected successful challenge, former long-time Middletown Mayor Robert Reid be returning to elected office in January to serve a four-year term on borough council representing the First Ward.
Unofficial results from the Nov. 3 election gave Reid 160 write-in votes, more than enough to defeat the two candidates who were on the ballot for the four-year First Ward seat - Democrat David Scully, who garnered 90 votes; and former councilor Republican David Rhen, who received 85.
Reid's total was increased to 175 through a Dauphin County count of the write-in votes that received a preliminary certification on Nov. 12.
The county allows a week between the first certification on Nov . 12 and the final certification on Nov. 19, in order for anyone to challenge the results, said Gerald Feaser, county director of elections and voter registration.
Unless there is a challenge between Nov. 12 and Nov. 19, Reid on Nov. 19 will be officially certified as the winner of the First Ward four-year seat.
"Write ins are tough. I was fortunate,'' Reid said late on Nov. 3 after the first counting of the ballots. "If the write-ins hold up it shows that the people had faith in me. Being out of politics a number of years and asking them to write my name in is a pretty good thing."
Reid, a retired school teacher, said that he intends to serve the entire four years of his term, debunking a rumor that he planned to resign soon after he was elected and allow a new council majority to select a replacement.
"Nine of us have to work together," Reid said. "Right now the downtown looks like one of those old Wild West movie towns. We just have to make some improvement."
Dawn Bixler Knull and Greg Wilsbach also appeared to win council seats, according to unofficial returns – Knull a two-year term representing the First Ward and Wilsbach a four-year term representing the Second Ward. In the Third Ward, Diana McGlone, a former councilor, and businessman Damon Suglia were unopposed for two council seats.
Knull called for council to be more transparent in conducting business and to communicate better with constituents.
"We need to get this town back as one,'' she said. "There shouldn't be sides on council. We should all work as a team. We are all for the same community."
"I hope to see a change for this town, and for the better."
In Lower Swatara Twp., Republicans appeared to sweep the three seats up for grabs in the election, while two incumbents appeared to be ousted in the race for five seats on the Middletown Area School Board.
In Dauphin County contested races, Republicans won the courthouse, as incumbent Republican commissioners Jeff Haste and Mike Pries and incumbent Democrat George P. Hartwick III won re-election. Republicans claimed the Dauphin County sheriff's race and Dauphin County controller's race, too, according to unofficial returns.
MIDDLETOWN BOROUGH COUNCIL
FIRST WARD (4-year term)
Write-in candidate Robert Reid, the former long-time mayor of Middletown, appears to have beaten two candidates on the ballot to win a four-year term representing the First Ward.
Reid had 175 write-in votes, according to unofficial returns posted at the two precincts on Tuesday night, while Democrat David Scully had 90 and Republican David Rhen had 85.
FIRST WARD (2-year term)
Democrat Dawn Bixler Knull defeated Republican Dana Ward, 210 to 104, according to unofficial returns posted at the two precincts on Tuesday night.
Republican Greg Wilsbach defeated Democrat Travis Arndt, 323 to 87, according to unofficial returns posted at the polling places on Tuesday night.
LOWER SWATARA TWP. COMMISSIONERS
Republicans swept the three seats up for grabs on the Lower Swatara Twp. Board of Commissioners, according to unofficial returns.
With 4 of 4 precincts reporting, incumbents Mike Davies and Jon Wilt and newcomer Todd Truntz, an attorney, defeated Democratic challenger Danielle Prokopchak.
Davies had 1,344 votes, while Wilt had 1,250, Truntz had 1,018 and Prokopchak had 662, according to unofficial returns.
MIDDLETOWN AREA SCHOOL BOARD
Linda Mehaffie, Chris Lupp, Jennifer Scott and incumbents Mike Richards and Terry Gilman appeared to win the five seats on the Middletown Area School Board, which includes Middletown, Lower Swatara Twp. and Royalton.
Incumbents Barbara Layne, the board's president, and Gordon Einhorn lost their bids for re-election, according to unofficial returns.
With 12 of 12 precincts reporting, Mehaffie led with 2,369 votes, followed by Lupp (2,324), Scott (2,316), Richards (1,666) and Gilman (1,620) in the race for five seats. Layne (1.090) and Einhorn (1,048) finished sixth ad seventh., according to unofficial returns.
DAUPHIN COUNTY COMMISSIONER
Incumbents Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick III won re-election to the Dauphin County Board of Commissioners in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 3, according to unofficial returns.
Haste, a Republican, led the field with 23,849 votes, while Pries, a Republican, was second with 21,528 and Hartwick, a Democrat, was third with 19,165 with 162 of 162 precincts reporting, according to unofficial returns. Democratic challenger Tom Connolly, a Swatara Twp. commissioner, was fourth with 15,730 votes.
DAUPHIN COUNTY SHERIFF
Republican Nick Chimienti defeated Democrat Tim Carter, 22,831 to 17,138 with 162 of 162 precincts reporting, according to unofficial returns.
DAUPHIN COUNTY CONTROLLER
Republican Timothy L. DeFoor defeated Democat Eric Gutshall, 22,072 to 17,507 with 162 of 162 precincts reporting, according to unofficial returns.
STEELTON BOROUGH COUNCIL
Democrats swept the four seats up for grabs on Steelton Borough Council, according to unofficial returns.
With 6 of 6 precincts reporting, Michael A. Segina (513 votes), Keontay R. Hodge (429), Kelly S. Kratzer (394) and Sharon Salov (376) won seats. Incumbent Mike Albert (348 votes), Dennis Heefner (287) and Chris Hughes (252), all Republicans, lost their bid.