The spring primary is shaping up to be a competitive one for Johnstown City Council and mayor, according to petitions filed in the Cambria County elections office.
Incumbents and hopefuls for mayor and council along with candidates for other contested municipal races will meet at noon today at the Cambria County Courthouse, Courtroom 1, to draw lots for position of their names on the spring primary ballot.
The last day to circulate and file nomination petitions was March 12, and officials in the county election office are getting ready to have the ballots printed for the May 21 primary, said Shirley Crowl, county director of elections.
Also as part of today’s lottery will be drawings to determine placement of election officials from two of the consolidated precincts approved by a panel of Cambria County judges last month.
Election officials who have the same service tenure will draw to determine who will hold the polling posts.
In February judges gave the county commissioners approval to consolidate 64 precincts, a move feasible largely due to declining population and at a potential cost savings of $80,000 annually.
In following that court order, election officials met with officials of the consolidated precincts to determine seniority. Election board members in the precincts of East Conemaugh and Johnstown’s 20th Ward held the same years of service, necessitating the lottery.
In the city, with four positions up for grabs on City Council, nine people have filed petitions.
On the ballot will be incumbents: Rose Howarth, Marie Mock and Pete Vizza.
Other candidates are: Charles DiFalco, Nunzio Johncola, Ian Miller, Anthony Pinizzotto, David Vitovich and John Williams.
Candidates for mayor are Frank Janakovic and Anthony Gergely.
Election officials encourage the candidates to show up for the drawing or send a representative.
“If they don’t attend, we’ll draw for them,” Crowl said Monday.
The candidates pick from a container holding several numbered balls, Crowl said.
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