Republicans win all 4 seats on Tredyffrin Township Board of Supervisors and Democratic candidates win 3 of the 5 seats on TE School Board

The results are in for Tredyffrin Township Board of Supervisors and the TE School Board. Four supervisor seats and five school board seats were up for grabs with only one incumbent supervisor candidate, Paul Olson (R) and one incumbent school board candidate Kris Graham (R) seeking reelection. The four open seats on Tredyffrin Township Board of Supervisors went to the Republicans and three of the five seats on the TE School Board were won by Democratic candidates.

For the two at-large supervisor seats, Republicans Sean Moir and Trip Lukens will replace Michael Heaberg (R) and Kristen Mayock (R) who did not seek reelection as at-large supervisors in Tredyffrin. The results are as follows:

TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR AT-LARGE TREDYFFRIN TOWNSHIP
ELVA BANKINS (DEM) . . . 3,326
LOUIS HORVATH (DEM) . .3,320
SEAN MOIR (REP) . . . . . .  3,786
TRIP LUKENS (REP). . . . . .3,700

In the Tredyffrin West 3rd District supervisor race, Heather Greenberg (R) beat Yolanda Van de Krol (D) by 27 votes and will take the vacated seat of John Buenaventura (R) who did not seek reelection. The results are as follows:

DISTRICT SUPERVISOR 3RD DISTRICT TREDYFFRIN 3RD DISTRICT
YOLANDA VAN DE KROL (DEM) . . . . .  1,186
HEATHER BOYD GREENBERG (REP) . 1,213

Paul Olson (R) retains his seat as Tredyffrin East 1st District supervisor against challenger Tory Snyder (D). This was the second match-up for these two candidates. Four years ago in a close race, Snyder lost by 13 votes to Olson. In the 2015 race, 20 votes separated the two candidates. Olson is the longest serving supervisor in Tredyffrin Township history with more than thirty years of service. The results are as follows:

DISTRICT SUPERVISOR 1ST DISTRICT TREDYFFRIN 1ST DISTRICT
TORY SNYDER (DEM). . . . . . . . 1,233
PAUL W OLSON (REP) . . . . . . . 1,253

On the TE School Board, there were five school board seats available, four from Tredyffrin and one from Easttown.. In the Easttown Region III race, Kate Murphy (R) will fill the seat of Peter Motel (R) who did not seek reelection. The results are as follows:

SCHOOL DIRECTOR TREDYFFRIN EASTTOWN REGION III
FRANCIS M REARDON (DEM). .  829
KATE MURPHY (REP). . . . . . . . 1,420

Democratic candidates Roberta Hotinski and Todd Kantorczyk won the two seats in the Tredyffrin Region 1 race. The results are as follows:

SCHOOL DIRECTOR TREDYFFRIN EASTTOWN REGION I
ROBERTA M HOTINSKI (DEM) . 1,394
TODD KANTORCZYK (DEM) . . . 1,378
NEAL COLLIGAN (REP) . . . . . . . 1,287
NEILL C KLING (REP) . . . . . . .    1,269

The one incumbent TE School Board director Kris Graham (R) finished in last place in the Tredyffrin Region II race. Turnout was high in the precincts close to Valley Forge Middle School so it appears that fencing was an important issue to voters. Stressing transparency and public engagement during the campaign, Michele Burger (D) and Ed Sweeney (R) were the top vote recipients. The race results were as follows:

SCHOOL DIRECTOR TREDYFFRIN EASTTOWN REGION II
MICHELE BURGER (DEM). . . .  2,527
ALAN YOCKEY (DEM). . . . . . . . 2,189
EDWARD C SWEENEY (REP) . 2,310
KRIS GRAHAM (REP). . . . . . . .  2,055

Thank you to all candidates for your time, energy and willingness to serve as township supervisors and school district directors. Congratulations to those candidates who won and we look forward to your service to the community.

All results are from the Chester County Voter Services website.

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  1. What a strong message from voters! A endorsement of the way the Township has been run: efficient services, open government, reduced debt, moderate taxes. An indictment of the School Board leadership: added staffing, wasteful spending, unnecessary debt and unconstrained tax increases.

    I’m personally disappointed that Tori Snyder and Neal Colligan got caught up in the waves, but I’m hopeful that they will continue to make the contributions that have added so much over the years.

    I hope, too, that the successful candidates will remember what got them elected.

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  2. I am so disappointed that Tory Snyder did not win. I think she would have been a real contributor to the BOS. Why is it that the Dems can’t get out the voters in close races like Snyder/Olson? It was really close last time around too. I live in that area and I never heard anything about how close the race would be and how important my vote was. I voted anyway, but there was no sense of urgency that I picked up on. To lose by 20 votes this time, and I think about 12 the last time… really disappointing, because we needed a change.

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  3. I wouldn’t exactly say any election results are strong messages. When you have a 30% turnout of registered voters in Tredyffrin, Easttown, Chester County and the country it tells you why we are in the place we are. Half of the people that do vote are voting the straight party line. Takes a lot of thinking to mark 1 box. So I do congratulate you because you are probably in the 5% of eligible voters who actually thinks about their vote.

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  4. With both boards now composed of some new voices, perhaps now is the time when the wishes of the people are heard. I’d like to see the “No Tax Increase” mantra apply to both the Tredyffrin BOS and the TE School Board. How about one year without an increase in school taxes? Zero base budget and look at our reserves without adding new buildings and unnecessary fences. Come on School Board—you can do this at least once!!!!!

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  5. In considering the 20 vote ugh comment i have a few thoughts. I don’t know the candidates and this is not about them..
    1- if your person won by 20 would you say “ugh”?
    2- if more people came out and voted, Mr Olsen may have won by a bigger margin.

    No question more people should vote in these off-off years.. It is important, and good modeling for the younger generation too.. But 20 votes is 20 votes, close yes, but that is the reality.. other scenarios would produce other realities…

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  6. I don’t think Ray can vote. He’s not an American citizen. I think he said as much at a school board meeting and here on this blog.

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    Pattye Reply:

    Ray Clarke became an American citizen — if memory serves me, I think it was the spring of 2014, making this his first election.

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  7. Congratulations on your recent election as school directors!

    Roberta Hotinski, Todd Kantorczyk, Michele Burger, Ed Sweeney and Kate Murphy.

    As School Board members, we will look to you to represent the community and lead the district. You are stewards of both our district’s children and our tax dollars.

    Please engage stakeholders. Invite us to participate in committees, advisory panels and forums offering us an opportunity to participate in and influence decisions.

    I have spoken in public and private about the need for parent participation on the technology committee.

    This would be a great place to start.

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  8. You must have a really sad life that this would make you happy. My experience is people that say things like this have never done anything to help anyone else, it is all about themselves.

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