A challenger led the field in the York Suburban School Board race that saw the ouster of a long-time member.

Nicholas Pandelidis got the most votes in the Republican primary, taking home 18 percent of all votes, followed by incumbent Cathy Shaffer, challenger Ralph Felter, and former board member Ellen Freireich, who is seeking a return to the board.

Pandelidis, who did not cross-file like other candidates, said he was pleased he and Felter advanced.

"Hopefully we'll continue to get our message out of fiscal responsibility," Pandelidis said.

The four Republican winners will advance to the fall election, facing off against Democratic primary winners Shaffer, Freireich, and incumbents Emily Bates and Lynne Leopold-Sharp. Four seats are available.

John DeHaas, an incumbent and former board president, did not advance. DeHaas, who has spent about a decade on the board, said he didn't spent money on advertising, hoping his experience would help him. While disappointed, DeHaas said he's confident in the winners.

"I'm sure the people who have been elected will protect the school district," he said.


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