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Several Contested Races Slated for Local Primaries

Today is the last day to register to vote in the primary on May 17.

If you're planning to vote in next month's primary elections and still need to register, change party affiliation, or change your registered address, you're running out of time.

Monday, April 18 is the deadline to register to vote in the May 17 primary, which features contests for Phoenixville Borough Council, board seats for Phoenixville Area School District, and several township supervisor seats in the Phoenixville area, among a number of county-wide posts in both Montgomery and Chester counties.

See below for a list of the contested races in the upcoming primary. You can check out sample ballots for Chester County on the voter services page.

Primary elections in Pennsylvania are “closed,” meaning only voters registered in one of the two major parties can cast their ballot for candidates. Voters registered as Independent can only vote on ballot questions or in the case of a special election held in conjunction with the primary. In the Phoenixville area, none of the ballots are slated to have non-partisan questions.

For information on registering to vote, visit the Pennsylvania Department of State’s page.

Phoenixville School Board of Directors (five seats open)

Republican  

David Ziev (I)

Kyle Shirkness

J. Kenneth Butera

Leslie A. Dengler

Kevin Pattinson

Irfan A. Khan

Paul R. Slaninka (I)

Democrat

Leslie A. Dengler

Paul R. Slaninka (I)

Kevin Pattinson

J. Kenneth Butera

Irfan A. Khan

David Ziev (I)

Phoenixville Council North Ward (one seat open)

Democrat

Michael Hill

Carol Stinson

Republican

Christopher Bauers

Jon R. Ichter II

Walter Rubel

Phoenixville Council West Ward (one seat open)

Democrat

James C. Kovaleski

Nina Haslip

Schuylkill Township Supervisor (two seats open)

Republican

Barbara Cohen (I)

Kevin M. Handforth

Peter A. Mercuri

Upper Providence Township Supervisor (one seat open)

Republican

Robert Fieo (I)

Lisa A. Mossie 

Deb Ciamacca April 19, 2011 at 11:07 AM
How can you be "I" independent and run in the primary on the Republican and Democratic ballots?
Bud Horenci April 19, 2011 at 11:25 AM
Ahhhh, the "I" stands for Incumbent not Independent.
Deb Ciamacca April 19, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Thanks! You are right!
Bruce Bailey May 15, 2011 at 11:42 PM
There is, of course, a Democrat running for supervisor in Upper Providence, too. But he is unopposed and the Dems stand united no matter who the candidate ends up being on the Republican side. The Democratic candidate is George Faris, a guy who is about the least partisan candidate you'd ever want to meet. He should appeal to both Democrats and Republicans who are tired of the bitter us-vs.-them partisan wrangling that politics has become lately.

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