Emmaus Patch Election Results

Polls closed at 8 p.m.; check here for results from Emmaus, Upper Milford and East Penn School Board races.

*All vote counts are unofficial until certified by the county.


Emmaus Borough Council

Four candidates will be elected. (With all 6 Emmaus Districts Reporting)

VOTES Nathan Brown, Republican, Incumbent
Giovanni Landi, Republican 972
Lee Ann Gilbert, Republican, Incumbent 1295
Brian Holtzhafer, Democrat, Incumbent 1259
John Donches, Democrat 960
Jeff Shubzda, Independent 986



Upper Milford Board of Supervisors

One candidate will be elected. (With both Upper Milford Districts Reporting)


VOTES George DeVault 756
Carl R. Stevenson 619


East Penn School Board

Five candidates will be elected. (With 100 percent of East Penn Districts Reporting)


VOTES Incumbent 6645 Incumbent 6316 6718 4152 4416 Incumbent 4648 5108


Alan Earnshaw November 09, 2011 at 04:58 AM
Congratulations to all the winners! Best wishes as you embark on your new (or continuing) adventure in public service!
Dana November 09, 2011 at 12:35 PM
One word....PHEW!
Kevin R. November 09, 2011 at 12:48 PM
emmaus124......It is concerning to see your comments. People like you maintain that everyone in East Penn needs to think alike. You obviously do not agree with diversity, and having diverse opinions and representation on the school board. You are talking about complainers, but you are the one complaining in your comment here. I suggest that you should not label voters as complainers. That is demeaning to the voters who turned out. Also, Otto was not running for election, so your comment about this is a myth. Sounds like you are a sore loser, and you should show more maturity when you post here.
optimist November 09, 2011 at 01:16 PM
Want to take a moment to congratulate the winners in the Emmaus Borough race. It was a model campaign. Great teamwork in getting out the vote and standing firm in the face of people who have no business in public service.
matt November 09, 2011 at 02:33 PM
I could not be happier that Stolz and Donches got the nod for school board. They bring some sanity to the Board.
matt November 09, 2011 at 02:54 PM
anyone that is against the teachers union has got my vote.
Rob Hamill November 09, 2011 at 03:00 PM
When I had 5 teacher union members handing out literature for Ballard/Slattery, I got a little worried. The union slate got elected in the primary with big teacher union backing in a low turnout. It is great news to have Julian Stoltz and Lynn Donches representing the families and children first and not the teacher's union first. Slattery has assembled a good public sector army for his next move.
An interested bystander November 09, 2011 at 04:22 PM
I don't know Lynn Donches so I cannot comment on her. However, I have attended many school board meetings, and Julian Stolz is a failure as a board member. Unprepared, looks to Otto constantly for direction, does not understand basic concepts, etc. I want costs controlled as much as everyone else does, but I also want an effective school district. If the best we can come up with is Julian Stolz, then we all need to move.
optimist November 09, 2011 at 04:23 PM
Mr. Hammill your anti-teacher anto-union battle cry makes for very good politics. I'm much older now, but I remember years ago when part of this strtegy was to hand out teacher salaries to the community prior to election night. That was the election when the CEPTA majority was swept out of the school board. I'm very glad for my children who went through the school system here that it went down that way. Your folks did an amazing job rallying your anti-public education constituency. Well done!
manfromuncle November 09, 2011 at 04:24 PM
Gee, I thought everyone has the right to participate in our political process, whether it's teachers, taxpayers, Tea Partiers, unions, whomever. As to Stolz and Doncehez restoring "sanity" to the board, well, lets just see how that works out. Their literature claimed they would cut taxes and achieve lower class sizes. For the life of me, I can't figure out how they're going to do that. I don't think they can either. And people bought it.
optimist November 09, 2011 at 04:48 PM
Here is a big financial contributor to the Stolz election survival this time around: http://www.bobguzzardi.com/
matt November 09, 2011 at 05:57 PM
need help packing?
matt November 09, 2011 at 05:58 PM
and your problem with him?
Rob Hamill November 09, 2011 at 06:09 PM
Dear Man From Uncle, The answer to your question is simple. Cut or freeze salaries and especially benefits for our public employees. The reason why class sizes are so high is that it costs $80,000 to hire a new teacher(According to our superintendent). The wages and benefits are way above the private sector( see yesterday's WSJ article on the subject), therefore should be reduced. You reduce 75% of the budget, and voila, you can reduce taxes and class sizes at the same time. The teacher union poll workers were telling people that the ballard-boys were "pro-education", well that doesn't hold any water when the salaries(gone up 4.9% for 7 out of 8 years) gobble up everything, leaving nothing. When I was on the Finance Committee for the School board, we did exactly that, and reduced taxes, started the renovations on the high school, built a middle school, and established a fledgling merit pay system(which the next pro union board axed). Let me know if I can explain anything else to you. Cordially, Rob Hamill P.S. What's your name?
optimist November 09, 2011 at 06:27 PM
Bravo Mr. Hammill. By tossing the 80,000 dollar figure out there you lead people to believe that new teachers have a first year salary of 80,000 dollars. Again, great politics. That figure includes benefits. Tell me, when you tell people how much money you make per year do you have the benefits placed into that figure? Are you aware of the runaway cost of healthcare in this country? Is that also the fault of unions? If I'm wrong and the 80,000 dollars is only salary, I'm heading back to school. I'm not a young man anymore, but a career change may be in order. You are a true mastermind of public perception. Again, my compliments.
Upper Milford Lefty Righty November 09, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Congrats to George DeVault! Looking forward to you taking care of Upper Milford for the next 6 years.
An interested bystander November 09, 2011 at 07:55 PM
Sure, I'll give you a call. In the meantime, go to a meeting or two, then comment.
careless fills November 09, 2011 at 08:29 PM
The source of the $80,000 figure for hiring a teacher is from the school board and aministration, The school board president and his immediate predecessor (Mssrs. Ballard and Earnshaw), have posted this info in other blogs at emmaus.patch. It is a number they use in budget discussions and covers what they estimate as the typical total cost for hiring a new position, and could be higher or lower depending on the experience of the actual person selected, but this number is typical and useful for them in their planning.
jeff shubzda November 10, 2011 at 01:47 PM
I would just like to thank everyone who worked so hard on my behalf. I would also like to thank all the people who voted for me and the other candidates.
optimist November 10, 2011 at 01:56 PM
Jeff you and the other members of your team are a tree blessing to this community. Others may have not had the stomach for what you had to endure. Again, well done!
Barrytee November 16, 2011 at 03:44 PM


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