Unofficial results in for school board races in Cranberry area

November 3, 2021 Cranberry Local News

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The following are complete but unofficial results from school board races in Tuesday's general election.

Mars School Board

Four newcomers were elected to the Mars Area School Board on Tuesday.

They are Lee Ann Riner, Jennifer DiCuccio, Nicole Thurner and Justin J. Miller.

Riner came in first with 23.85% of the vote, DiCuccio with 21.14% of the vote, Thurner with 20.66% of the vote, and Miller with 18.47% of the vote. Jennifer Stuber, who did not win a seat, had 14.97% of the vote.

After several months of school board meeting discussions on masking, mandates, polarization, and COVID-19 policies, the election garnered 16,715 votes total, with 12,769 being in-person votes and 3,946 being mail-in ballots.

Seneca Valley School Board

It was a sweep for the incumbents of Seneca Valley School District's board of directors, as all six members up for election retained control of their seats.

Leslie Bredl, Frederick Peterson Jr., Tim Hester, Jeff Widdowson, Eric DiTullio and Mike Jacobs were reelected, despite the first three facing competition from write-in candidates.

Bredl defeated Erin McClymonds in Region 1, receiving 63.6% of the vote; in Region 4, Peterson received 54.3% of the vote, defeating Democrat Travis Savitt-Kraft, along with Nunzio Martin and other write-in votes; Chris Marnik Jr., a write-in candidate in Region 5, lost to incumbent Tim Hester, who received 72.4% of the vote.

Jacobs received 95.3% of the vote in Region 6, DiTullio won 95.8% in Region 8; and Widdowson received 65.9% in Region 9.

Peterson said the re-election of all six incumbent candidates is a positive omen for the district.

“I think it'll maintain the integrity of the school board and support the relationship between the school board and the administration with hopefully progressive results into the future,” Peterson said. “I think winning, the four of us, also supports the diversity, inclusion and equity initiative, and, obviously, I'm tremendously grateful to everybody who worked to support my campaign.”

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