Election yields some intrigue and some scary hints for future

It was about as low-key as an election gets in Lycoming County last week.

The turnout for a Primary Election without a high-profile race was just 17.8 percent of registered voters.

That is not to say the day was without drama.

Two new faces battled for the third spot in the Republican nomination race for City Council and ultimately were separated by nine votes.

In Montoursville, a late-hour write-in campaign by incumbent Mayor John Dorin after he previously announced his retirement earned him the Democratic nomination for the fall race.

Both outcomes will lead to interesting races in the fall.

In the Jersey Shore School District, Loren Koch won the special election for an immediate appointment to a vacant seat on the school board. The special election was necessitated by a court-ordered reapportionment of the school board boundaries.

So even in a relatively unsexy Primary Election, important decisions were made by voters.

One of the scary sidelights of this election were the number of races in which there were fewer candidates than the number of seats open. There weren’t enough candidates on the ballot to fill the positions, though we were heartened a write-in drive at the polls for the Williamsport Area School Board.

Are we entering an era when there aren’t enough people to fill the chairs on school boards, councils and supervisors boards? We hope not. These boards and councils are the real soul of our democracy and grassroots representation by citizens for fellow citizens.

If you think you want to get involved for valid reasons in public representation in your township, borough, school district or city in the future, we encourage you to do more than think about it and step forward.