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Local Candidates Visit With Voters on Election Day

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 @ 12:05 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

-2171226326088611300_1D4A2073CLARION CO., Pa. (EYT) – While most people only spend a few minutes at the polls on election day, for local candidates, the day is a busy culmination of months of work.

(Photos by Dave Cyphert of ProPoint Media Photography)

ExploreClarion.com spoke to some of the local candidates on Tuesday about how they spent their time on Election Day.

Many of the candidates were up early, visiting polling places and talking to voters.

“I started the morning at seven o’clock in my home precinct of Monroe Township,” said Clarion County District Attorney candidate Drew Welsh.

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“After I voted I stayed there for a little while talking to voters as they came in. I spent a little time driving around the county, stopping in at other voting location and checking in on volunteers.”

Erich Spessard, candidate for Clarion County Judge of Common Pleas, was also out early.

“I started the morning in Elk township greeting voters, I just was at the New Bethlehem fire hall meeting voters voting for lunch, and I’ll be spending the evening probably in Porter Township.”

Several of the County Commissioner candidates were also out greeting voters today.

Incumbent candidate Wayne Brosius said he started in Leeper and visited a few other polling places.

“I’m just greeting people as they come in and thanking them for voting,” he noted. “Everyone seems very positive and friendly, and the weather has been perfect, just cool and dry.”

Challenger Kirke Wise spent most of his day concentrating on greeting people at one location.

“Most of the day so far I’ve been standing in front of the Clarion Township Building. Everyone seemed very friendly. I haven’t been handing out campaign materials or cards myself. Rather I modified one of my signs to carry and have been using it as a versatile advert for me which doesn’t create extra paper for the trash.”

Write-in candidate Braxton White also took to the polls, with the help of a few others.

“I spent the morning at a few precincts and then came into work for a few hours,” White said.

“We have a team of volunteers working about 20 different precincts today who deserve a ton of credit. I’ve been there before and it’s not an easy day, but at least the weather is cooperating. We also have a volunteer driving around delivering meals and drinks to everyone.”

For one candidate, though, Tuesday wasn’t just about the polls.

“I worked today,” said incumbent candidate Ted Tharan. “I’m a commissioner, I can’t just take the day off. I did county work all day. I had an Economic Development meeting this morning, then met with several attorneys, and had several other meetings.”

“If people don’t know who they want to vote for by now, I’m not going to go out and stand at the polls and bother them.”

Tharan did say he has some plans for later this evening, though.

“I’m going to go vote and then start taking signs down tonight.”

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