Pristash appears to secure Northampton council seat
Although unofficial vote counts for Northampon Borough council write-in candidates Richard Ackerman, Anthony (Tony) Pristash and Jennifer M. Schwartz were not available last night, Northampton's second ward election board posted Tuesday's returns on the door of the Northampton Memorial Community Center precinct.
Based on a preliminary review, it appeared Pristash secured the Democratic and Republican nod for the four-year-seat.
"I had clearly more votes than anyone else," said Pristash, a Republican who was appointed to council after Sherry Maikits resigned last year. He said in looking at the unofficial results that he received 20 additionally absentee ballots.
On Monday, Pristash submitted to the Northampton County Election Board office variations of his name that voters could use when casting write-in votes for him.
"They were fine with that," Pristash commented.
"They [write in votes] are all over the place," Pristash said when looking at the posted returns with candidate names on it. He said it appeared as if he had twice as many votes as the other two candidates seeking the 2nd ward council seat.
A surprise to many was that Schwartz was seeking the write-in vote for a position on council. Schwartz is a school crossing guard in the borough. He commented he may have won both the Democratic and Republican ticket for council.
If certified by the election count overseen by the Northampton County Voter Registration Office – which begins the official count Friday – Pristash would more than likely secure a four year-term, effective January 2014.