Two incumbents out as Republicans sweep Central York school board race

Jodi Grothe

In the largest school board race in the county, nine candidates for the Central York school board vied for five seats, and early election results show all could be claimed by Republicans.

The five candidates who won a spot on the Republican ballot in the May primary were leading the pack as of Wednesday afternoon.

Jodi Grothe — the only candidate to appear on both the Republican and Democratic tickets — led with 4,061 votes, with newcomers Vickie Guth, Kyle King and Edwin Speed and incumbent Gregory Lewis in the next four spots.

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The early results could change.

York County officials were still trying to tally the votes Wednesday, Nov. 6, a day after an election marred by problems with new voting machines and long lines that frustrated voters and prompted the state GOP to seek an injunction.

The county's election website began showing results of some races around midnight, but the site Wednesday was not indicating how many precincts had reported — meaning it was not known how many votes still needed to be counted.

Grothe, King and Guth had formed an alliance, based on what they said was the collective expertise they would bring in education, security and law enforcement.

Central York school board candidate Kyle King, right, greets Don Eckert, as Eckert arrives to cast his vote during Election Day at Commonwealth Fire Co. #1 in Springettsbury Township, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Dawn J. Sagert photo

If they win, the candidates said, they'll focus on balancing taxpayers' needs with those of students and on better communication with all taxpayers in the district.

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Speed, a parent who ran because he wanted to see changes in the classroom, appears to have ousted the incumbents with the most experience — Eric Wolfgang, with 20 years on the board, and Ed Blankenstein, with 30 years in the district.

Former board member Marie Damiano and her allies on the Democratic ticket, Blankenstein and newcomer Stephen Feldmann, were at the back of the pack.