The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 8, 2013

Write-in candidate wins two-year Spring Township Supervisor seat

By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item

— BEAVER SPRINGS — Benjamin Zeigler was confirmed today as the winner of Spring Township’s two-year board of supervisor seat.

A write-in candidate, Zeigler received 173 votes compared to the 112 votes cast for Republican candidate Nelson Gilbert, according to the official results released Friday.

Zeigler was appointed to the board in April following the death of veteran supervisor Doug Garrison. He sought the Republican nomination in the May primary, but lost to Gilbert.

It didn’t stop Zeigler from campaigning for the spot and it paid off.

On Tuesday, 188 write-in votes for the two-year seat were cast and a majority were in Zeigler’s name.

Snyder County Board of Elections Director Patricia Nace said the remaining 15 write-ins were cast for several other people.

The six-year seat was won by incumbent Democratic board chairman John Kauffman II, with 186 votes. His Republican challenger John D. Stone received 53 votes.