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City Council gets 3 new faces, 1 incumbent

A familiar face and three new ones are on Williamsport City Council, according to unofficial returns by Voter Services.

Republican incumbent Councilwoman Bonnie Katz garnered the most votes in Tuesday’s general election, unofficial results show.

Katz received 2,565 votes, followed by Republican Adam Yoder, with 2,459 votes, Democrat Jon Mackey, with 2,339 votes and Republican Vincent Pulizzi, with 2,294.

Democrats David Banks had 2,202 and Tiasha Machuga, 2,151 followed by Republican Bill Hall, with 2,122, according to unofficial results.

“I’m thrilled,” Katz said, a second time in her political career on council that she was a top receiver of votes. “I am so happy with people who had faith in me,” she said.

Katz said she is excited about the new police K-9 program, which she helped initiated. “I appreciate all of the voters who voted for me and had faith in me.”

Slaughter’s mayoral victory set up a situation in which candidates for filling the vacancy will send in their resumes. Existing members of council will interview prospective candidates to fill the vacancy left by Slaughter becoming mayor, said Councilwoman Liz Miele.

Councilwoman Gerry Fausnaught said she went through a similar process in September to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of former Council President Jonathan Williamson on July 3, Miele said.

Fausnaught said she looked forward to taking part in the budget process, and would use her previous experience on council and council leadership, in that role.

In the controller race, Margaret “Peg” Woodring retained her position with 2,568 votes narrowly defeating her Democrat challenger Milissa Augustine, who received 2,407 votes.

There were eight write-in votes.

Treasurer and tax collector Nicholas Grimes was unopposed and received 3,838 votes and there 58 write-in votes.

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