Newcomer joins 2 incumbents on council

City Council will have a new member and two familiar faces after the unofficial results of Tuesday’s general election.

Derek Slaughter, a Democrat, captured one of the three seats, and was the top vote-getter with 2,118 votes, according to unofficial election results.

Slaughter, a high school teacher and coach, ran a campaign on neighborhood improvements as a means of strengthening the city structure.

“I’m excited,” Slaughter said as he watched returns and waiting until 17 wards were in before issuing a statement.

“I’m thankful to the voters and to the volunteers for placing their trust in me,” Slaughter said.

“Now, he said, “the real work begins and I am ready to work on behalf of the citizens of Williamsport.”

Slaughter was followed by incumbents Liz Miele, a Democrat, who garnered 1,805 votes, and Randall J. Allison, a Republican, who received 1,651 votes, according to the unofficial results.

Miele, as chairwoman of the council finance committee, ran a race on her years of experience and strong ties to the city neighborhoods, including the historic district, where she is executive chef of her family-owned business, Peter Herdic Inn and Restaurant.

As vice president of council, Allison ran on a campaign of fiscal stewardship and protecting the city assets, such as the levee system and support for police and public safety departments.

Rounding out the race were Councilman Clifford “Skip” Smith, a Republican, with 1,287 votes; Matilda Noviello, a Democrat, with 1,284 votes; Steve Shope, a Republican, with 1,136 votes and Bill Hall, an independent, getting 587 votes.