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August 3, 2013

John K. Manna:Limited choices, Many November contests have been decided

NEW CASTLE —

The November general election is just 94 days away.
I realize few people are thinking about it, but I thought this would be a good time to emphasize that despite what you may have been reading or seeing on TV, Lawrence County voters will not have the opportunity to vote for Anthony Weiner.
Of course, there’s always room on the ballot for a write-in.
Nonetheless, there won’t be much for voters to decide. That’s because most of the choices were made for voters in the May primary.
A few days before the primary, I wrote: “By the time the November election rolls around, many races — particularly for school boards — will have been decided. And some people will bark then that they don’t like any of the choices.”
So that’s where we are. There won’t be many decisions to make unless voters opt to go the write-in route.
Leading the list of decideds are the races for district attorney, sheriff and register and recorder.
The New Castle council race is not decided, although at least one Democrat is certain to be elected to a four-year term. That leaves Republicans with the hope of winning another seat for a four-year term one for a two-year term. But it’s an uphill climb for the GOP in the city because of registration.
If there is any race to bring the voters out in the city, this would be it.
In several townships, supervisor races have been settled.
In many of the county’s boroughs and townships, races have been decided due in large part to the absence of opposition in the primary.
And then there are the races for the county’s eight school boards. While nothing is official until the votes are cast on Nov. 5, it can be said that races in six districts have essentially been decided because of crossfiling.

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