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By RICK BOSTON
Staff Writer 

Webster In; Kelley or Erb Too Close to Call

 


Editor's Note: Full Bedford County Primary Election results were not available by the Herald's presstime. However, Bedford has now posted more complete results at this website:

https://www.mcheraldonline.com/cgi-bin/htmlos.cgi/0076.3.3341912925145982754

Blair County's results are available at this website:

http://www.blairco.org/Dept/Elections/Pages/Election-Results.aspx

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Republican Amy Webster, an attorney, real estate agent and minister from Hollidaysburg, easily secured a place on the November ballot in the race for a Blair County Commissioners seat with an unofficial total of 7,657 votes.

In a close vote for the second Republican spot on November’s ballot, Bruce Kelley, an Altoona City councilman, edged incumbent Commissioner Bruce Erb with an unofficial vote total of 5,694 to Erb’s 5,691.

With only three votes separating them, an automatic recount will occur. Absentee ballots, to be counted Friday, may be the deciding factor on who goes on to this fall’s general election.

On the Democratic side, incumbent Ted Beam garnered 2,836, coming in second to newcomer Laura Burke, who received 3,215. Both candidates will go on to November’s general election where they will face off with the two Republican nominees for a spot on the three-member Board of Commissioners.

Webster centered her campaign around reassessment and was able to harness the anger of Blair County residents who saw their property tax drastically increased.

Although he was elected and took office after reassessment was voted on and implemented, Erb may have become a victim of the public backlash against it.

Rounding out the Republican candidates, Debra Weston came in fourth with 1,573, Joseph Zolna came in fifth with 1,372 while Spring Cove School Board member and Memorial Park Executive Director Chuck Gojmerac finished sixth with 1,239.

 

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