Parkesburg’s Primary Election Results 2013

Originally published May 22, 2013 @ 6:00AM, last updated May 22, 2013 @ 9:16AM

Parkesburg Gazette is your Parkesburg Election Center! While other news sources have ignored local primary races, Parkesburg Gazette has been and will be here with your election coverage.

In a primary election in which few races had any opposition, and some offices with no candidates, Parkesburg voters selected incumbent Republicans to be on the November ballot to represent the borough on Parkesburg Borough Council. The four council members who represent the borough ran unopposed, and had no counterparts running in the Democrat primary. Mayoral incumbent John P. Hagan, running as a Democrat, also ran unopposed, as well as Joseph Rzonca, mayoral candidate for the Republicans. Additionally, running for Magisterial District Judge, Nancy A. Gill ran unopposed on both Republican and Democrat ballots.

Parkesburg Borough Precincts
Other than the Republican race for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, only Octorara Area School District‘s Region 3 (which only includes Parkesburg-South) faced any opposition from multiple prospects.

Parkesburg-South returns were the last to come in from Region 3, and turned this School Director race into a nail-biter. Before Parkesburg’s votes were counted, Frank Dangelo was strongly in the lead for the #1 spot in the Republican race, and Stoltzfus and Alexander were separated by 1 vote, fighting for the second Republican nomination  In the end, Parkesburg-South turn it around for Stoltzfus, and only 3 votes turned this from a 3 person to a 2 person race come November.

Parkesburg-South had a 17.43% voter turnout for Republicans (91 ballots) and Democrats had a 7.94% turnout (46 ballots). Out of 1321 overall possible voters, there was just over 10% turnout. The unofficial numbers break down as follows:

  • Nelson Stoltzfus: REP 63 / DEM 36
  • Timothy Alexander: REP 47 / DEM 28
  • Frank Dangelo: REP 34 / DEM —

Totals for Region 3 have Nelson Stoltzfus in first in the Republican and Democratic races, receiving 141 and 59 votes respectively. Timothy Alexander in second place in both the Republican and Democratic races, with 124 and 46 votes. Frank Dangelo placing 3rd in the Republican race with 121 votes, and not running in the Democratic primary.

As it stands,  Nelson Stoltzfus and Timothy Alexander will be on ballot come November for the two seats in Region 3.

              **** Primary 2013 Results ****

                    ** Republicans **
                                            VOTES PERCENT
JOSEPH RZONCA .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        63   60.00
WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        42   40.00

KATHLEEN M RICK  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        99   27.20
MARK AGEN  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        87   23.90
JOSEPH W DYNESKO JR .  .  .  .  .  .  .        83   22.80
WILLARD J MARSH  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        90   24.73
WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         5    1.37

WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        13  100.00

WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         4  100.00

WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         7  100.00

WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         4  100.00

WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        12  100.00

     -Results include all of Octorara Region 3
TIMOTHY ALEXANDER.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       124   31.71
NELSON K STOLTZFUS  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       141   36.06
FRANK DANGELO .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       121   30.95
WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         5    1.28

                    ** Democrats **

JOHN P HAGAN II  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        68   94.44
WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         4    5.56

WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        49  100.00

WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        10  100.00

WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         2  100.00

WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         8  100.00

WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         2  100.00

GALE P FULMER .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        42  100.00
WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0SCHOOL DIRECTOR OCTORARA REGION 3 (vote for 2) 
     -Results include all of Octorara Region 3
NELSON K STOLTZFUS  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        59   55.66
TIMOTHY ALEXANDER.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        46   43.40
WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1     .94

Days Leading to November Election 

  • May 22: First day to REGISTER after primary
  • May 28: Last day for County Board of Elections to receive voted military and overseas absentee ballots (must be postmarked no later than May 20)
  • Aug 1: Last day to circulate and file nomination papers 
  • Aug 8: Last day for withdrawal by candidates nominated by nomination papers
  • Aug 12: Last day for withdrawal by candidates nominated at the primary
  • Oct 7: Last day to REGISTER before the NOVEMBER election
  • Oct 29: Last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot
  • Nov 1: Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted civilian absentee ballots
  • Nov 12: Last day for County Board of Elections to receive voted military and overseas absentee ballots (must be postmarked no later than November 4)

85 responses to “Parkesburg’s Primary Election Results 2013

  1. You stated the “60 people” meaning the voters who put Joey as the Mayor in the primary are sick in the head, so don’t try to run now David. You made a mistake but won’t admit it even though 9,000 viewers read what you wrote. At least Joey admits to his mistakes on here, and that is why he will win the election.

  2. Someone should make a reality TV show out of borough council if joey is elected. Hilarious.

  3. I can see it now, “The funny sniper takes pot shots at Council and police.”

  4. personwhocares

    Wow, by reading a lot of these comments; I don’t know who is more corrupt.. The Borough or The People in the Community!!!!! The way people bash each other on here, is WAY out of hand!!!! I was taught “if you don’t have anything nice to say, then Don’t say anything at ALL!!!
    So many people need to OPEN their EYES, this community is going down hill!!!! I personally don’t think any of the council members care about their residents what so ever. The only people that get recognized are the ones that have the MONEY to afford everything that they want. When the rest of us STRUGGLE with everything. Most likely the reason why people aren’t coming to the meetings is because NO matter what they would like to point out is always put aside or put on the back burner!!!
    Even though as many people who voice their opinions about anything, NOTHING will get done about it!!!!!
    And personally I know Joey and I prefer that you don’t talk trash about him!!!! He is the most wonderful, honest person that I have talked to that lives in this community. He strives to do everything in his power to get the things done that these people in this community ask of him. I have seen him do work for others that can’t afford it. He would set away something that he needed to, to help someone else in need. So don’t go around and saying that about him. Stop digging up things that happened years ago, because they don’t have anything to do with him running for Mayor. People need to grow up themselves NO matter how old you are…. Age doesn’t matter!!!! We only live once so these childish acts of fighting on here isn’t going to make any of you, the man that your suppose to be.!!!!!!

  5. I personally know Joey and to me he is a great person who helps people in need.I can honestly say Joey has helped people i know and continues to help people so to have someone like him to run for Mayor is great.Joey has also helped my Elderly grandmother many of times and he contines to call her his adopted grandmother and she calls him her grandson,so as for people bashing Joey just because you all can not handle a honest person running for Mayor or doing things good for the town is ridiculous and childish.I can not believe you are all grown men and playing grade school games by bashing a great person Like JOEY.come on people stop actuing your shoe size and start acting like you are gown ups and STOP.

    • Personally, I said I was willing to let it go and I didn’t say anything for more than 24 hours and I wasn’t planning on saying anything again, but now I’m starting to finally get it. Joey can threaten me, he can tell me he hates me and I should leave town, he can say the police are corrupt and a year later still provide no evidence to back his accusation, he can make accusations about my tenure in office and provide no evidence. He can do all of this while promoting himself for Mayor and no one can say anything about him in return. I guess that’s the grown up approach I missed somehow? PERFECT!

  6. I think that it’s very entertaining that the others running in the election were threatened enough by joey running that they had to dig up something that happened in the past I also find it entertaining that Parkersburg even though small the politics are corrupted… But I’m just a women what would I know :/

    • This is why I continue to respond. Other people actually are writing about corruption based on Joey’s comments from a year ago even though he has not shared one shred of evidence. If there is any creedance to this charge where is the evidence? It’s easy for people like Katy to get things wrong because she knows so little that she actually says “the others running in the election.” This is another allegation Joey made over a year ago, that my comments were because I would run against him for Mayor. Never happened! The comments have been many over the past year for sure Katy, but NONE of them have been made by anyone actually running for office besides Joey. Let’s keep in mind, when you run for Mayor of Parkesburg longer than anyone has every campaigned for President of the United States, lots can be said. Also, the best predictor of what someone will do in the future is their past behavior. It is well known that people form their responses to stress at a very early age and that often follows them throughout life. So, if Joey’s response to stress has been to threaten people in the past that is a good indication of how he will respond now and in the future. In this case it has BEEN PROVEN because he threatened me last year. Bringing up this FACT is accurate, fair and true. I make the case because I don’t want a Mayor that makes false allegations and threatens people when things don’t go his way. If Joey is allowed to say whatever he wants to promote himself and his followers repeat his false allegations, then the people he has falsely accused have the right to point out his lies and lack of character., not because these things are far in his past Katy. They are actually still part of his campaign for Mayor.

    • I think Joey may be the last hope for this town, and regardless of his past I’m still voting for him even though a critic said I was sick in the head for doing so.

      p.s. I wanna thank Tim Alexander for his hard work and dedication towards the news and bringing us the uplifting articles, which give us all hope towards the future.

      • Please vote for Joey if you so choose, that is your right. Aren’t Tim’s articles cut and pasted from other news sources readily available? I wouldn’t call his personally created articles uplifting Mark. When he creates his own material it all seems to be doom and gloom about how bad everything is in Parkesburg and the Octorara School District.

        • David,

          Do we address the problems causing the decay, or do we play the fiddle while Rome burns? Doing nothing or focusing on the trivial, knowing that poor decision making and actions by local governement has dug this hole, doesn’t seem to be at all productive.

          • David Jones

            By all means available address the problems and do as you are by running for school board to try to have your points heard and even acted upon. Focusing on the past decisions and continually harping on them doesn’t change anything and I don’t find that uplifting, particularly when there was plenty of time to address that at the time the decisions were being made. Focus on the future and provide a path toward improving prosperity and I would then agree your messages are uplifting. Just like yesterday when you headlined the resignation of the superintendent, a negative and misleading headline, instead of heading the article with a much more positive message, “Superintendent agrees to salary reduction.” Then you could have even asked, “Should the teachers follow his lead?” I just haven’t found your articles to be uplifting when they are coming directly from you. You constantly point out that salaries are too high, but you haven’t offered a realistic way to roll them back or even slow them down.

      • David

        You said “there was plenty of time to address that at the time the decisions were being made.” Tell me how there was time to have public discussion about Dr Newcome’s contract extension when the board held secret negotiations for 9 months, and then intentionally left it off the agenda for the work session? Whether you are for or against this action, how can anyone say this is transparency? Many people believe decisions are made behind closed doors, before ever being brought to the public, and this is an example.

  7. notpbtodayfan

    A child, a mormon, and a wiccan minister walk into a bar. The bartender turns and says, “what is this, some kind of joke?”

  8. I heard the pope resigned because he was sick with the bird flu. He got it from a cardinal.

    • Parkesburg Gazette is gaining more and more attention around the area, and does a great job posting headlines that inform the public. Tim should be proud of himself for getting the facts out there. I remember when we had a news paper years ago, but it was replaced by a ranting blog full of arguments without facts, and no facts about anything. This news blog really inspires the readers to get out and make a difference rather than just complain and bash others for trying.

      Good job Tim!

  9. I wasn’t going to say anything about Monday nights Boro council meeting in Parkesburg but it keeps coming to mind so here it is. The Mayor was not there so I can’t say anything about that. We sat and listened to the whole meeting like you are supposed to. At the end when it came to public comments, this is where the trouble started. Jim asked a question about them posting the agenda somewhere at least 24 hours before the council meeting. Mel said she would try but things change. That’s fine, but we’d like an idea of what’s to come the next month. And I asked about the committee meeting minutes having so much info in them, should we maybe consider the subject matter in those minutes as what the upcoming agenda will be. Answer was no, things keep changing. ?? Anyway I noticed in the last committee meeting minutes that they were implementing a 3 minute limit to the public comments. I did a little homework and it didn’t say that anywhere so I wondered why. The secretary told me it was legal, I said it was not, I had the sunshine act there she could look at. She said that I always have to be right. I don’t always haveto be right so I asked John Carnes sitting next to her was I right or not?? 3 times I asked him that while he looked at me. I don’t know why it took that long. but anyway he said it says “reasonable” amount of time and the council had decided that 3 min. was reasonable. Well I said I know there was no way I could make a comment or ask questions in 3 minutes. And on it went. My point being, the secretary has no business addressing the public at all period. She is there to take minutes and answer questions from council pertaining to her position that she can answer. She did it to the other person that commented before us, and continued to talk while we were addressing Mel Keen and Kathy Rick. It turned into a 3 ring circus so to speak. Her telling me I’m wrong and saying I always have to be right and I don’t. I’ll be the first to admit when I’m wrong. That’s why I asked the attorney to clear it up. So to make this long story shorter, again they don’t want us there. We were also told that we can’t speak at a committee meeting, and that’s not true. It’s the law that any public meeting has to give the public time to make comments. Or if there’s not enough time, to provide time at the next scheduled meeting. So we are going to the committee meeting next month and we will see what happens.

  10. Was Kathy Rick’s son Paul Rick appointed by Chief Sheller to do the civil service job? Anybody know the details with that?

  11. Yes he was but I don’t know the details.

  12. Oh really! So the Chief appointed Paul Rick…very interesting!

  13. I don’t have my notes with me but it was Paul Rick and another guy were sworn in for civil positions by the Mayor at a committee meeting. Not sure if that was this month or last.

  14. Oh so the Mayor swore them in as well…very interesting to know!

  15. Tim, I believe the school boards across the state are permitted to handle personnel matters like the super’s contract outside of public meetings. You may want them to be more transparent so you can weigh in, but I don’t believe it is required by law. It might be more accurate to call them “private” negotiations rather than “secret” which implies some sort of deception. I believe “private” contract negotiations are more than standard in PA. The same is true for municipal contracts by the way.
    I also think the word “appointed” as it relates to the Civil Service Commission in Parkesburg “may” not be accurate. The Chief “may” have “recommended” Mr. Rick, but the appointment is voted on and approved by council as I understand the borough code. The swearing in by the Mayor completes the process. The “main” function of the Civil Service Commission in Parkesburg is to work with the filling of vacant positions. The overwhelming majority of those positions will most likely be in the Police Department. The Commission basically reviews applications for qualifications, they do not hire or fire. Their basic function is one of review.
    To the issue of the 2 blogs in Parkesburg, it might be more accurate to say that one leans to the left and one leans to the right. Depending on your own political affiliations and beliefs, you may find one more accurate than the other.
    Conservatives reading this blog may find it funny when Mr. Alexander makes his joke about liberals ruining the country, others may find that just as offensive as some of Mr. Knickerbocker’s comments have been portrayed. This particularly interesting since the Commonwealth has been run by a Republican Governor and a Republican majority in both branches of the Legislature and that certainly doesn’t seem to improve our “State” of affairs now does it?

    • David,

      It depends what we are talking about as to whether certain things should be private or in open meeting. They can, in executive session, “discuss any matter involving the employment, appointment, termination of employment, terms and conditions of employment, evaluation of performance, promotion or disciplining of any specific prospective public officer or employee or current public officer or employee employed or appointed by the agency, or former public officer or employee.”

      However, there were nonpubic policy decisions, official recommendations, and votes which lead to the decision to extend the contract, before the negotiations, that are not covered by the exception… at lease under my current understanding of the Sunshine Act. The “deliberation” and “official action” by the board to create the conditions to decide to extent and then enter contract negotiations should have taken place in public. I have come across a number of cases where agencies have tried using the “personnel exemption” and found the court overturning official actions. The exemptions, under the Sunshine Act, are focused and limited… as least from the opinions and court case examples I have been given. One Superintendent even lost his pay increase because a board thought that it came under the “personnel exemption,” but the courts thought different.

      In the press release, they prefaced their statements with “based on the advise of legal counsel” without any real explanation why it was all kept nonpublic… hinting to the idea even they believe what they did may have been nefarious, or at lease that the public would perceive it as misuse use of power.

      At the end of the day, whether this particular incident was exempt or not does not really matter. The public perception of the board was created long before this one occurrence. The idea that the district works with intent to keep the public deaf, dumb, and blind on the most important issues facing the schools is nothing new.

      • That is “your” opinion Tim and most likely that of others as well, but that does not mean it is the “majority” opinion of the voters in the district. You can always take your claim to court if you believe that strongly in your position, but what purpose would that serve? I am not a Republican (as you well know by now), but I feel comfortable in our elected school board members and I trust them to make the right personnel decisions and the outcome with the Superintendent’s new contract I take as affirmation. I don’t think it is advisable to have the public intimately “involved” in every small detail of the personnel matters. My goodness Tim, what are they elected for if we can’t trust them with anything? I’m not real clear from your statement exactly what it is you are alleging they did wrong. You say the fact that they stated “under legal counsel” implies they know they did something wrong. I think there is an equally plausible explanation, they want us to know that they checked with legal counsel to make sure they did not do anything wrong and discovered they had NOT done anything wrong. What good is legal counsel if you don’t use it?

        • David,

          Written into Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Act is the statement, “The General Assembly finds that the right of the public to be present at all meetings of agencies and to witness the deliberation, policy formulation and decision making of agencies is vital to the enhancement and proper functioning of the democratic process and that secrecy in public affairs undermines the faith of the public in government and the public’s effectiveness in fulfilling its role in a democratic society.”

          Those are words are worth repeating, “…secrecy in public affairs undermines the faith of the public in government and the public’s effectiveness in fulfilling its role in a democratic society.

          This is not the public intimately “involved” in every small detail of the personnel matters. The negotiations and offer to extend the contract were based on policy changes, official recommendations, and votes… all which seem to had done behind closed doors.

          When “fact finding” for information to resolve the issue of expiring leadership positions changed to official deliberation, decision making, and actions of the board… that all needed to be in the bright light of day.

          • I know all about the Sunshine Act Tim. I don’t believe the School Board violated it as you seem to think. This is why you have the right to take the board to court if you so desire.

          • Yes, I’m sure you are aware there are civil and criminal liabilities for violating the Sunshine Act. Can we at least wait for my Right-to-Know Request to come back before trying to push me into something?

  16. Perhaps a lawsuit should be filed against the school board as Mr. Hume suggested.

    • Mark, could you elaborate on what the question would be in a lawsuit against the school board?

      • Sorry David, but I’m not saying a word…

        Your not someone I would give that information to anyway, but thanks for asking!

        • That’s an interesting approach Mark, thinking a lawsuit against the school would be out of the public eye and you won’t have to explain it sometime. You may be looking over your shoulder just a “little” too much Mark. Over the past 2 years I’ve heard numerous claims and allegations against the police, the borough council and the school board. To date, there has been no “official” action or even explanation of what the allegations are based on. There’s been no evidence of wrong doing uncovered anywhere, yet these silly little statements continue to fill the internet. The latest was Joey’s comment last week that the school board may have committed “Treason.” That’s an interesting statement from a man who wants to be Mayor within the school district. At some point if your group wants to actually be taken seriously you will have to either put up some actual evidence or stop making these outrageous and unfounded claims. In my decades of experience in public life it wasn’t the people who boasted the loudest that actually did something. As I reviewed my past postings from Joey, I find it very interesting that your P.S. is almost word for word the same as a response I got from Joey in May 2013 when I asked him what he would do for the borough and what his ideas for improving the borough were.

  17. I didn’t know “p.s.” had a copyright? I actually got it from C. Vail…

    p.s. I just wanted to say “p.s.”

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