There were some interesting results from the 2019 general election.
For example, although county-wide write-in candidates were not successful, in Greenwood Township a write-in candidate — Kurt Dennis — beat the incumbent by three votes.
It is difficult to conduct a successful write-in campaign against an incumbent unless there is a major issue or the incumbent is relatively new. In this case, Ed Papsun had only been in office less than a year, as he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of the late Cecil Stevenson. The issue was reportedly in response to a proposed junk ordinance.
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In Conneaut Lake borough, Billy Paris was on the ballot, but he had resigned from council and it was too late to take his name off the ballot. Paris campaigned to have his successor, Ryan Lang, win in a write-in campaign. However, Paris still won.
Now council will have to appoint somebody come January when it reorganizes.
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Meadville attorney Chris Youngs is the only attorney who has said publicly he will seek an appointment to the Crawford County Court of Common Pleas to fill the unexpired term of Crawford County President Judge Anthony Vardaro, who has announced his retirement, which starts in January.
However, reports are that Diane Adsit of Greenwood Township also will seek the appointment.
Reports from Harrisburg indicate the state will not appoint a successor but have senior judges fill in until 2021 when a new judge will be elected. In the meantime, Judge John Spataro will be the president judge as Crawford County's tradition is the judge serving the longest is the president judge.
If memory serves me right when the late P. Richard Thomas and the late F. Joseph Thomas were elected the same year, they flipped a coin to decide who would be the president judge. P. Richard won.
For those not familiar with the process, a president judge becomes the administrative judge as well as handling all types of cases.
Some counties have judges who only handle certain types of cases — such as criminal, civil, juvenile, etc. In Crawford County, our judges handle all types. Crawford County has a juvenile master who handles all juvenile matters — unless there is an appeal of the master's decision. Then the judges handle the appeals.
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The two major political parties in Crawford County are already gearing up for the 2020 election. Republicans already have campaign materials for President Donald Trump. Although the Democratic Party has no party candidate yet — they are still having debates between the candidates — the party is focusing on congressional elections as well as the state office of auditor general and attorney general as well as the state House seats.
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The clock in the Linesville Borough Building stopped several months ago and there is a new one on the wall. The center has the state's symbol on it.
At last week's budget meeting, discussion was held concerning hiring a business to do a lot of computer work — such as backup and various other tasks. Tom Deighton, a council member who owns a computer business, was discussing how easy some of that work is and although he doesn't want the job, he suggested other quotes be received.
Some members discussed issues with the computers after installing Windows 10. Currently when there are computer issues, the chief of police helps to solve them, but that takes away from his police work. Deighton said he has no problems with Windows 10.
"That's because you are a computer geek," office manager Karen Moss said with a laugh.
Jane Smith is a retired Meadville Tribune reporter who specialized in covering government and politics.