Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Newcomer, incumbent narrowly defeat council vice president in Nazareth race

larry stoudt.JPGView full sizeExpress-Times File PhotoLarry Stoudt lost Tuesday's general election by two votes to incumbent Thomas Heckman and newcomer Carl Fischl. However, five absentee ballots remain to be counted.

Newcomer Carl Fischl and incumbent Thomas Heckman have defeated longtime incumbent Larry Stoudt for the two open four-year terms for Nazareth council's Ward 2, according to unofficial results.

However, Heckman said Tuesday evening he was ahead by two votes and five absentee ballots remain to be counted.

Those ballots are expected to be counted by Northampton County later in the week.

“I am awaiting the results of the absentees," Heckman said.

Stoudt, who has served on the board for more than three decades, also said the race was too close to call, noting, “I’m waiting to see what the final tally is.”

Heckman is a Democrat and chairman of the borough’s Fire Committee. Stoudt, a Republican, is vice president of the council and chairman of the borough’s Police Committee. Fisch is a Democrat who was a write-in candidate in the May primary. Fischl cross-filed in both sections.

Fischl did not know the outcome when reached at his home Tuesday evening and said he would find out the results today.

You have to love close local elections, 2 vote difference, 5 absentee ballots to be counted, it's not over, till it's over.

Posted via email from Ross Nunamaker

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