SUNBURY — Republicans Sam Schiccatano and Joe Klebon and Democrat Kymberly Best won the three four-year spots on the Northumberland County Board of Commissioners, according to unofficial election results on Tuesday.
Schiccatano, an incumbent, was the lead vote-getter with 8,960 votes followed by Klebon with 8,814 votes and Best, also an incumbent, with 5,024 votes. Democrat Tom Aber, with 4,490 votes, and independent John Burd, with 1,772 votes, lost the election. Commissioner Chairman Rick Shoch, a Republican, did not run for re-election.
“We would like to thank the many people who in the past five or six months who helped us in this campaign,” said Schiccatano. “They not only helped at the polls but went out to friends. That’s a reflection of what Rick and myself have done for four years, working with our administration. I think we were doing the right thing and the people saw that and wanted that to continue.”
Klebon and Schiccatano said they will do their best to do the right thing for the people.
“We had tremendous support from the electorate in the county,” Klebon said. “Our campaign committee, our poll workers, were tremendous and worked really hard today. We are thankful for what they did today. To win by the margin we won by shows the overwhelming support we had throughout the whole county.”
Klebon and Schiccatano said they will be full-time commissioners working with all department employees.
Best said she is “humbled and grateful” that the constituents elected her for another four years to serve. As the minority commissioner for the second term in a row, Best said she is approaching the job as she has over the first term.
“I’m going in with a positive attitude, I am going to encourage lots of communication with the new board, and hopefully the relationships will be more positive as a result,” she said.
Best thanked Aber for running a “clean positive campaign.”
“He worked incredibly hard, and he is one of the most honest, most decent men I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting,” said Best. “I hope he’s proud of the strides he’s made. I’m proud of him, and I wish him the best.”