With all of the districts in Upper Southampton Township reporting, here are the unofficial results for the local races in Tuesday’s primary election:
In the only contested race in the township, the unofficial results are as follows
|Centennial School Board Director||Votes||Percentage of Vote|
|Republican:Mark B. Miller
|Democrat:Mark B. Miller
Two seats are available representing Region 1 for Centennial School Board. The top two candidates will be on the ballot in November’s election.
Incumbents win ballot spots
Centennial – Both incumbents won at the polls, giving them a ballot spot for the November election, according to unofficial results Tuesday night with 27 of 28 precincts reporting.
Republicans Mark Miller and Andrew M. Pollock both appeared to have won on both the GOP and Democratic tickets in Regions 1 and 2, respectively.
Also winning in Region 1 – Upper Southampton – was Celina Cancelliere on the Democratic ticket and David Shafter on the GOP ballot. All three will face off for two seats in November.
Pollock, Democrat Mark Greiner and Republican Steven A. Adams will face off for two seats in Region 2, which includes Ivyland and Warminster east of York
Road, except the Speedway section.Newcomer Charles Kleinschmidt, a Democrat, also won on both sides for one seat Region 3, which includes Warminster west of York Road, plus the Speedway section.
Pollock and Adams were neck and neck by the end of the evening. Pollock said he’d wait the rest of the evening to see if anything changed.
“Whatever happens, happens. The voters will speak, and they’ll decide what they want. Whatever they want, I’ll abide by,” he said.
If he were to win in November, he said he would focus on finishing up the building of two schools and renovations of William Tennent High School and the Region 3 school.
“We still need to focus on the budget and make sure we can do what we need to keep cost down for taxpayers,” Pollock said.
Adams said he’s not sure what will happen in November.
“You still have to go out and pound the streets for the final election. I look forward to a lot more hard work,” he said.
Miller, a Republican, said he was surprised to come out ahead on the Democratic ballot.
“I appreciate everyone in Upper Southampton who supported me. The reality is, that doesn’t assure me a victory in November, so I’m just going to continue doing my job,” he said.
Miller and Pollock have at times been on opposite sides of issues. While Miller said that neither the district nor taxpayers can afford increased salaries and benefits in this economy, Pollock voted for the new four-year teachers contract as a fair plan.
Kleinschmidt said he’s very fortunate.
“It’s really thrilling for me, it really is. I’m looking forward to addressing some of the challenging issues, which is obviously keeping the budget balanced and making sure we minimize any tax increases going forward. Also, to help see a smooth transition as elementary schools are merging together,” he said. He said the vote on the teachers contract was a difficult decision for the existing board to make, “but teachers had reduced the rate of increase they were looking forward to,” he said.
Some voters said that concerns over taxes and a desire for economic growth drove their decisions at the polls. The fact that Centennial is building two new elementary schools and heavily renovating one is a factor that will affect the local economy, some said.
“I just keep hearing taxes are going to rise, with the new schools being built. Everything’s going up but our paychecks,” said Elizabeth Hewitt of Upper Southampton.
Senior citizen Rosemary Burns of Upper Southampton said most people her age are probably concerned about the impact of the school construction projects. But she’s fine with it.
“It’s very important to have the new buildings, (and close the old ones) because the student population has gone down and it’s a good plan. That children from different schools can be together is important,” she said.