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May 22, 2013

3 incumbents feel N.C. wrath

NORTHERN CAMBRIA — Voters in the Northern Cambria School District spoke loudly in Tuesday’s primary election, as three of the four incumbents failed to earn the Democrat or Republican nomination.

Delvin Lockard was the only sitting board member to receive enough votes to put him on the ballot in the fall general election.

Political newcomer Brian Bougher came out on top of both ballots, capturing 634 votes (15.7 percent) of the Democratic vote and 228 votes (16.1 percent) on the Republican side.

Lockard came in second with 441 votes (10.9 percent) of the Democratic vote and third on the Republican side with 162 votes (11.5 percent).

Often the most outspoken of the board members, Lockard said he was not surprised at the election results.

“The people have spoken,” he said after all eight precincts reported. “They just ran the school board like they wanted.”

Former board member Ronald Dolansky came in third on the Democratic ballot with 408 (10.1 percent) of the votes.

Newcomer Kevin Krug earned a spot on each ballot by capturing 374 Democratic votes (9.3 percent) and 175 Republican votes (12.4 percent).

Norma Krug captured the fourth slot on the Republican side with 143 votes of 10.1 percent.

Incumbents defeated were:

• Sherry Atkins, who received 177 Democrat and 75 Republican votes.

• Robert Tomallo, who got 129 Democrat and 53 Republican votes.

• John Sedlock, who finished with 175 Democrat and 66 Republican votes.

The hotly contested and bitter primary race spilled over into the school board committee and regular meeting Tuesday.

April Miller, the business manager who joined the district about six months ago, tendered her resignation despite compliments from board members and the public regarding her efficiency and practical approach to finances.

Miller, who has accepted a position at Indiana Hospital, said her decision was, in part, because of the election and the bitter confrontations that have been part of most of the public meetings for months.

“It is ridiculous, what is going on here,” Miller said. “What is wrong with you people? Why I am leaving, this is part of it.”

Lockard, in asking for a change in the way the committee and regular board meetings are handled, urged the directors to change the format to allow public input earlier in the meetings.

When he failed to generate any support for his idea of having a single meeting with discussion followed by immediate action, he lashed out at the board.

“Maybe we’d get some respect if we respected them,” he said throwing an arm in the direction of the 100 or more people at the meeting. “At the polls you can see we don’t have a lot of respect from this community.”

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