WELLSBORO - It looks like the Wellsboro Area School Board may have a problem if no one steps up as a write-in candidate to run for one of four open seats in Tuesday's general election.
So far, only three people are running for seats left open by Jonathan Lawton, Dennis Crumb and Charles Borden, who are not seeking re-election, district Superintendent Phil Waber said.
The only incumbent seeking re-election is board president Glenn B. Poirer.
Those not up for re-election this year are assistant secretary Atalanta Shabloski, vice president Anna M. Vail and members Wayne Hackett, Todd Coolidge and Albert E. Bieber.
At last month's Tioga County Development Corp. board meeting, Waber put the word out for anyone interested in serving on the board to run as a write-in.
"Someone could still run as a write-in, but if anyone is interested, they should notify their family and friends, so they can get write-in votes," Waber said.
"If we don't get a legitimate write-in candidate, the board will have to appoint someone and that person would only serve a two-year term," he added.
The board would advertise the position, which is volunteer, Waber said.
If someone is elected through the write-in process it would be for a full four-year term, he said.
In Richmond Township, first-time candidate Gary L. Fish and Tricia Hall are running for two open seats.
Hall is an incumbent, appointed by the board to fill the two-year term left vacant by Ron Hager when he moved out of the township last year.
Long-time supervisor Verne Doud is not seeking re-election, so his seat will be open.
Fish crossfiled as both Democrat and Republican and Hall is running as a Republican.
In Rutland Township, Democrat Emily Rizzo and Republican Steve Dziuba are running for supervisor.
In Sullivan Township, Democrat Bernard H. Cole and Republican Corey E. Smith are running for supervisor.
In Tioga Borough, Republicans Harry L. Colegrove and Doreen Carroll are running for two-year terms on council.
In Wellsboro, running for open seats are: representing the 1st Ward, incumbent Joan S. Hart; 2nd Ward, incumbent John M. Sticklin and Terry Bryant, who was appointed in March to replace retiring long-time councilman John E. Dugan. All are Republicans.
In Mansfield, incumbents Steve Gee, current council president; Ben Hutcheson; and Heather Morgan, all Republicans, are on the ballot.
In Blossburg, Democrats Stephen Wagner and Tanya McNamara are running for four-year terms on council as are current council president Jerome C. Ogden, newcomer Roger C. Bunn, incumbents James J. Bogaczyk and Thomas R. Bogaczyk, all Republicans.
In Elkland, eight people are running for seats on council, including Democrats Michael A. Hackett, Jackie C. Snyder, Tony P. Daley and Janice G. Gausline; and Republicans Robert D. Gee III, Stephen M. Brauchle, Charles F. Smith and Peter Vangorden.
Lawrenceville will see a mayoral race between Democrat C.E. Bryce Taft and Republican Diana L. Barnes.
The mayors of several boroughs also are up for re-election, including Blossburg, Elkland, Mansfield, Knoxville, Liberty, Roseville, Tioga, Wellsboro and Westfield.
At the county level, former Wellsboro chief of police Tom Young, who crossfiled, is on the ballot for retiring John Perry's county sheriff position; county treasurer Frank A. (Sandy) Higgins Jr. (R ) is up for re-election and prothonotary and clerk of courts Mary Kay Clark (R ) also is up for re-election.
Tioga's Sallie Mundy (R), is seeking a seat on the state Superior Court, to replace Republican Joan Orie Melvin of Allegheny County. Melvin is running for a seat on the state Supreme Court against Democrat Jack Panella of Northampton County.