MIFFLINTOWN - Republicans will continue to hold the majority number on the Juniata County Commissioners board, according to unofficial voting results Tuesday.
Republican candidates Jeffrey Zimmerman, an incumbent who is finishing his first term and also serves as the board chairman, and newcomer Robert Reynolds received the top number of votes.
Democratic candidate and incumbent Teresa Long O'Neal, currently serving her second term, came in at a close third to Reynolds.
Sentinel photo by BUFFIE BOYER
Sarah Lewis carries in the ballots from the Black Log precinct Tuesday night at the Juniata County Courthouse in Mifflintown.
"It's always an exciting evening in the courthouse and humbling to have the confidence of the people of Juniata County," Zimmernan said. "I'm looking forward to another four years of progress in Juniata County."
Reynolds, his running mate and a retired educator, said he looks forward to working with the new board.
"I hope the three of us can work together as a team for the people of Juniata County," Reynolds said after the election Tuesday. "I'm very pleased and humbled (to be elected commissioner)."
O'Neal, who will remain the only Democrat on the board, said she was "genuinely overwhelmed by the support" voters continue to show to her.
"I thank the voters for putting their trust in me," O'Neal said. "I'm looking forward to working with the new board ... there are going to be difficult issues to address."
She also thanked the people who volunteered on her campaign.
According to the unofficial results, Zimmerman received the most votes with 2,754, and Reynolds secured 2,440 votes. O'Neal received 2,305 votes.
Democrat Mark Partner, a local businessman who has served on the board of commissioners in the past, received 2,019 votes.
In the race for county auditor, both Republicans overwhelmingly won two of the three positions.
Incumbent Miriam "Mim" Anstine received 3,350 votes, and Nancy H. Phelan received 2,668 votes to secure the two seats.
Democrat Laura A. Cunningham gained the third position with 1,680 votes; and Democratic candidate David S. Stetler secured 1,502 votes.
In other unopposed county races:
Incumbent Coroner Lee Snyder, a Republican, retained his position with 4,390 votes.
Prothonotary Lori Ferry, a Republican incumbent, secured 4,333 votes to win the race.
Magisteral District 41-3-02 Judge Jackie Leister, an incumbent who ran unopposed, also retained her seat with 2,159 votes.
Voter turn-out for the county was 39.415 percent, according to the unofficial results.