Wait – there’s an election? Not a lot of foot traffic at the polls during this year’s primary election

By on May 23, 2013


LUCY RICCOMINI Record Express Staff

, Staff Writer

Tuesdays primary elections proved to be a relatively quiet voting night in Lititz. It may may have been a lack of contested races that kept the polls quiet, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s our civic duty to vote.

"I’m very very disappointed," said Karen Harnly, a committee person for the republican party in Warwick. "People have that "’it doesn’t really matter so why should I bother?’ attitude."

Harnly said she never saw the polls so slow.

"It was a boring day," she added. "People at the ground roots level, it’s a valuable thing for part of their life, we really need to wake up to that."

Despite the low turnout, Lititz residents will see new faces for mayor and council in the November elections, a vote that will most likely prove to be a technicality for the candidates.

Republican Timothy Snyder won the primaries and will vie for Ronald Oettel’s seat as mayor of Lititz, whose four-year term ends in December.

Snyder is a former council president and also served as a member. He is the owner of Julius Strugis Pretzel Bakery.

Historic Area Advisory committee member Cory Van Brookhoven, representing the first ward, will remain on the November ballot as a council member candidate.

Van Brookhoven is a life-long Lititz resident and third generation Lititz historian. He currently serves as board president of the Lititz Historical Foundation and is a technical editor for Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering firm.

"I look forward to serving my ward and the town of Lititz as a whole by putting the people first," said Van Brookhoven. "I would love to get more people interested and excited about so much of the wonderful history we have here in town, and look forward to championing efforts and initiatives to further help preserve it."

Current council president Karen Weibel, second ward, was voted in for another term. Christine Sensenich, representing the third ward, and also a member of the Historic Area Advisory Team, retain their seats through the primaries and Jeannie Nearhoof won the vote for tax collector.

Debra Wenger, Millard Eppig, Jr., Michael Landis and Timothy Quinn all retained their seats on Warwick’s school board.

Vic Stabile won the republican seat for judge of superior court. Merrill Spahn, Jr. who cross filed for both parties, will be on the republican and democrat tickets in November.

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