By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item
BEAVERTOWN — For the first time in more than two decades, Cloyd “Bill” Wagner’s name will not appear on an election ballot as a mayoral candidate in Beavertown, but he hopes voters will remember it when they vote Tuesday.
Wagner said he was prompted “at the urging of many voters” to run for the office he’s held for 24 years as a write-in candidate after losing the Republican nomination in the May primary by 14 votes to political newcomer Lee Hollenbach Jr.
It was 82-year-old Wagner’s first loss in a contested race.
Hollenbach, 43, is director of a daycare center and has worked as a case manager at CMSU Mental Health and for the Snyder County Area Agency on Aging.
In addition to serving as mayor, Wagner is publisher and editor of the local newspaper, Beavertown News, founded the Beaver Drop, held on New Year’s Eve, and headed the “We Hear You America” contest, which won $10,000 for the borough.
Both Hollenbach and Wagner say they want to lead the community of about 900 residents as it celebrates its centennial in 2014.