One failed in Tuesday's election. If passed, it would have exempted borough officials from the
new, more detailed financial disclosure rules required by state law. The unofficial
results, with all nine borough precincts reporting show the proposition lost by
85 votes, with 1,070 people voting no and 985 voting yes.
Pat Branson said it was the will of the people:
guess people want ... and that's their wishes.")
attribute this year's lack of candidates for borough assembly, school board and
service area boards to the new 12-page forms, which some consider intrusive.
Neither the assembly nor the school board had a full slate of candidates
seeking the six available seats, while three service areas had no candidates at
said she is concerned that the trend might continue now that the voters have
upheld the use of the new forms:
my concern is ... people have to fill out.")
school board President Betty Odell said earlier this year that the forms might
keep her from seeking re-election, and indeed she did not run. But she said
closer to the filing period that her busy schedule was the reason. Two
incumbents on the borough assembly chose not to seek re-election, but did not
give the financial disclosure forms as the reason.
In the five
service area elections there were 11 open seats, but only four declared
candidates. In Fire Protection Area 1 Mike Dolph won re-election with 751
votes. There were 66 write-ins for the other two openings.
no candidates for the Service Area 1 board, where three seats for three years
were available, however there were 128 write-ins. Both Bay View Road and
Monashka Bay Road service areas had a single seat open apiece, but no
candidates. There were a handful of write-in votes.
three candidates for the three open seats on the Women's Bay Service Area:
Scott Griffin, John Isadore and David Heuman, all got in.