Newcomer takes spots in Central York primaries

Central York High School in Springettsbury Township, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Ten candidates were running for five open seats on the Central York school board, including three incumbents: board President Eric Wolfgang, board Vice President Gregory Lewis and Ed Blankenstein.

All of them cross-filed in the Democratic and Republican primaries, except for Blankenstein, who only appeared on the Democratic ticket.

Former board member Marie Damiano was victorious in the Democratic primary, winning the top spot with 733 votes and 13.33% of the total, followed by Wolfgang, Blankenstein and newcomers Jodi Grothe and Stephen Feldmann.

Eric Wolfgang

Grothe won the Republican primary, with 1,674 votes and 16.52% of the total. The second-highest vote went to newcomer Kyle King, followed by Vickie Guth, and Lewis took the fourth spot. Edwin Speed claimed the final spot.

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Twenty-nine write-in votes came in for the Democratic primary, and 135 write-ins came in for the Republican primary.

Recently, board member Joseph Gothie said perceived political factions among board members had arisen.

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Veronica Gemma was one board member perceived to be in the Republican faction, and her house was vandalized with mustard a couple of weeks ago. Gothie said he'd been targeted at the polls two years ago and that signs for this year's primary candidates Grothe, Guth and King had been torn up.

Neither Gothie or Gemma were up for reelection in the 2019 primary, but Grothe, Guth and King fared well, all moving on to the November election.

A Central York School District school board campaign flier was torn up (Photo courtesy of Joe Gothie).