LEWISTOWN - All nine of the candidates running for Mifflin County School Board Director cross-filed on both tickets, and according to the unofficial results of Tuesday's primary election, the five winning candidates won the nominations from both parties.
Running on both the Republican and Democratic tickets in the November general election will be: incumbents Dave Molek and Ruth Armstrong, as well as Mary Lou M. Sigler, Beth Laughlin, and Annemarie Swineford.
Sigler led the Democratic nominations with 1,087 votes, and won the second Republican spot with 2,195 votes.
"I very much appreciate the support of the voters, my committee, and all those who worked to help me be elected," Sigler said. "I am looking forward to working with all members of the school board to advance the education of all students in Mifflin County School District."
Molek came in second on the Democratic ticket with 991 votes and led the Republican polls with 2,353 votes. He declined to comment on his nominations.
Placing third on the Democratic ticket was Armstrong with 805 votes. She also took the fourth place Republican nomination with 1,697 votes.
Armstrong said: "The only thing I dislike about being on the School Board is campaigning. My goal is to do everything we can to make our district outstanding in student academic achievement."
Laughlin clinched the fourth Democratic nomination with 800 votes and the fifth Republican spot with 1,625 votes. Attempts to contact Laughlin for comment late Tuesday night were unsuccessful.
Swineford earned the final Democratic nod with 727 votes and earned 1,775 votes to gain the third place Republican nomination.
"I'm going to work hard for the kids and the taxpayers," Swineford said, "We've got a lot of work to do; let's roll up our sleeves and get to it."
Other candidates running for Mifflin County School Board were Kent A. Smith, Neil Russler, Thomas White Jr. and Janel Harrop.
Their unofficial election totals were: Smith - 712 Democratic and 1,435 Republican votes; Russler - 674 Democratic and 1,466 Republican votes; White - 598 Democratic and 1,603 republican votes, and Harrop - 485 Democratic and 1,220 Republican votes.
Barring any successful campaigns from write-in candidates, Molek, Armstrong, Sigler, Swineford and Laughlin will be running unopposed in the November general election.