Write-in votes could hold the key to several contested races in Lycoming County from Tuesday's primary elections.
In Montoursville Borough, Republican Kimberly A. DiRocco received 316 votes to 281 write-in votes in unofficial results. Many of those votes may have been for incumbent Republican Mayor John Dorin, who staged a late-game write-in campaign to retain his office after earlier announcing his retirement, but both candidates may have received write-in votes in the Democratic ticket.
Candidates who get at least 10 write-in votes in the opposite party can go on the November general election. However, only the candidate who receives the most write-in votes goes on the November general election ballot on the opposite party.
There were 202 write-in votes for Montoursville mayor on the Democratic ticket, according to unofficial results.
"I won't know until the final results," Dorin said Tuesday night.
Sandy Adams, county director of elections and voter services, said unofficial write-in votes would be tabulated today.
The same case holds true for Republican David Shirn, who challenged incumbent Old Lycoming Township Supervisor John W. Eck.
Shirn received more votes than Eck - 289 to 197 - but Eck said he may have enough write-in votes on the Democratic ticket to make it to the November election.
Shirn said he was pleased with the results he saw Tuesday.
"I'm happy about it and I feel like the taxpayers have spoken. I think they want change," he said.
In Loyalsock Township, where two supervisor seats are up for grabs, Richard Caschera Jr. led Democratic votes for township supervisor with 142. He and Jennifer Black, who received 130 votes, move on to the November election.
Black ran a dual campaign with Christopher Benson, who finished third with 114 votes.
"It's kind of bittersweet," Black said. "I said it would work out however it was supposed to. I look forward to the fall."
On the Republican side, Paul Nyman received 579 votes for Loyalsock Township supervisor. Incumbent supervisor John Bower staged a write-in campaign to preserve his seat and most likely received at least 10 such votes out of the 196 write-in votes on the Republican ticket to move to the general election this fall.
In Jersey Shore, incumbent Republican Mayor Dennis Buttorf held off a challenge from Dennis Thompson. Buttorf received 143 votes to Thompson's 70 in unofficial results.
"To me, it's like a report card after four years how the people feel," Buttorf said about his nomination.
Montgomery Mayor Andrew Onufrak II held on to his seat over a 43-to-20 vote victory over challenger Terry E. Turner in unofficial results.
In Plunketts Creek Township, James W. Lewis came out on top of a four-person race on the Republican ticket and beat incumbent township supervisor Marvin F. Springman in unofficial tallies. Lewis received 35 votes to Springman's 19 votes. Casey Parker received eight votes to Randy L. DeVinney's seven votes, according to unofficial results.