Incumbents re-elected to Warren school board; newcomers win in Girard, Hubbard

Staff report


City voters have re-elected Bob Faulkner Jr. and Regina Patterson to the Warren Board of Education.

Faulkner, who has been a board member 23 years, received 33 percent of the vote.

But the race between Patterson and Rhonda Bennett was close for the second position, with Patterson getting 28 percent and Bennett 27 percent.

This will be Patterson’s second four-year term.

Bennett, president of the Southwest Neighborhood Association, also recently ran for Warren City Council.

Roderick Lewis Jr., a 2009 Warren G. Harding High School graduate, received 12 percent of the vote.

In Girard, voters chose Cheryl Asente, a mental health therapist who has participated in various school committees, and Joseph J. Melfi to fill two seats on the Girard Board of Education out of seven candidates.

Assente received 19 percent of the vote. Melfi received 18 percent.

The race was wide open because neither of the incumbents, Phillip C. Fisher or Mark P. Zuppo, ran for re-election.

The five others running for two four-year terms were William Bell, Mike Costarella, SueEllen H. Davis, Michael E. Masich and Sharon Spence, who had the third-most votes at 15 percent.

Peter D. Cardiero, the lone candidate to fill the last two years of an unexpired term, was elected to the seat.

Voters chose Anthony J. Pantone Jr. (42 percent) and James R. Adams (33 percent) to fill two seats on the Hubbard Board of Education. The third candidate was Donald Cheffo (25 percent). Neither of the incumbents for those seats, Raymond N. DeLuco and B.M. Hayek, ran for re-election.

In Liberty, voters cast 975 votes for three write-in candidates for three open school-board seats. The vote totals for each candidate will be announced today.

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