Municipal misprint: York newspapers make mistakes on election ad

Staff report
York County chief deputy prosecutor Dave Sunday said that the heroin being sold by drug dealers is the most lethal it has been throughout the opioid epidemic.
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Several mistakes were printed in York County's newspapers Friday, Nov. 3, for the municipal election proclamation.

York County district attorney candidate Dave Sunday, who ran during the primary election as a Republican, is incorrectly listed twice as a Democrat. He won the Republican primary over challenger Jonelle Eshbach and won enough write-in votes on the Democratic ticket to be listed on both sides of the ballot.

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Incumbent county Coroner Pam Gay is listed twice as a Republican, which is the party she ran for during the primary election, though she also won enough write-in votes on the Democratic ticket to be listed on both sides.

Other mistakes include circles missing beside Court of Common Pleas judge candidates Sandra Thompson and Kathleen Prendergast and a misspelling of Commonwealth Judge candidate Christine Pizzano Cannon (spelled Christime in the newspapers).

Jason Markel, ad services manager for York Newspaper Co., said the proclamation will be reprinted at no cost to the county in The York Dispatch and York Daily Record on Monday, Nov. 6. A corrected version of the ad will run in the Hanover Evening Sun on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Markel said the mistakes happened after the county had originally contacted a newspaper employee who no longer works for the company. When the county didn't hear back, it contacted the company on Thursday, Nov. 2, to send the ad.

The ad was sent in a Word document, which had to be converted into a different format in order to run in the newspaper, Markel said. The tight deadline to fit the ad into Friday's paper prevented newspaper staff from having time to proofread the ad before it was printed, he added.

The errors occurred when newspaper staff converted the advertisement into a newspaper-friendly format.

County Commissioner Doug Hoke said he and President Commissioner Susan Byrnes got several calls from residents about the mistakes but that he understands these things happen.

As long as the errors are corrected, he said, he doesn't believe it will have any impact on the election, which will occur Tuesday, Nov. 7.