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February 19. 2013 4:41PM
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Residents from the Back Mountain lined up to cast their votes for the 2012 elections on Nov. 6.


Presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Mitt Romney weren't the only names on the ballot.


First-time runner Aaron Kaufer ran against veteran state Rep. Phyllis Mundy for the 120th Legislative District seat. Gene Stilp contested U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta in the 11th Congressional District and Tom Smith took on U.S. Sen. Robert Casey Jr. for a Senate seat.


The polls were busy at all locations with Dallas Borough seeing a steady flow in the early morning.


Resident Linda Zanelli said the most important for her was the debate over health care.


I work in the health care field, said Zanelli, and the outcome really determines so much for everybody. Zanelli, who voted for Romney added: We need a change. Obama tried but he just couldn't accomplish it.


Sister of Mercy Catherine McGroarty disagreed.


Our country is in a terrible state and we need the right person to pull us together, she said. Someone that has experience.


McGroarty voted for Obama because she felt his experience in the position and with foreign governments would give him the upper hand in dealing with economic issues and that he simply did not have enough time during a four-year term to accomplish everything that needed to be done.


First-time voter Nicole Clemson, a Dallas High School senior, arrived at the polls at 9 a.m. with her mother to cast her vote.


I've seen some positive changes and would like to see it continue, Clemson said. Her mother Trudy Clemson said, I'm just so excited that she's voting. It's worth going in late to work just to have her vote.


Clemson was not the only first-time voter at the polls. Misericordia University helped to register its students at various polling locations, allowing for students from out of the area to cast their votes with ease.


At the Dallas Township Municipal Building, 19-year-old Brian Eshleman, a Misericordia student from Lancaster County, voted for president for the first time.


I'm a Republican; so are my parents, said Eshleman. We need to get back on track and out of debt and I think Romney is the man to help us with that.


Eshleman admitted it felt strange voting for the first time and that it made him feel a lot more grown up.


Fellow Misericordia student, A.J. Mancini of Pittston cast his first vote based on the debates.


I watched the debates and I looked for certain points, he said, adding the most important issue to him was having a job when he graduates from college.


State Rep. Karen Boback visited more than 25 polling locations on Election Day, wrapping up the day in Harveys Lake where she cast her own vote.


I just felt it was important to say thank you, she said.


Boback said many people brought their children along to the polls and recalled attending polling places with her parents as a child, adding she was happy to see so many parents involving their children in the process.


Boback, who has been a state representative since 2006, shared a story of her father who used to say you don't have any right to complain unless you're willing to do something about it.


She attributes her father's influence to her willingness to help others. I'm very grateful to the people I have the privilege to represent and I will continue to serve them to the best of my ability, she said.


Candidate Kaufer, of Kingston, was at the Trucksville United Methodist Church greeting voters. This election was the 24-year-old's first stab at political office.


My background is in economics and I hope to bring new ideas to the area, he said.


Kaufer's campaign manager, Joyce Dombroski-Gebhardt, actively informed voters of Kaufer's views.


He needs to be elected to lead his generation, mine and the greatest generation (seniors) to a better future, said Dombroski-, sharing with voters that Kaufer supports the H.B.1776 property tax elimination bill, a topic on the minds of many local residents.


The Trucksville church was bursting with voters and volunteers all day long. Church members held an Election Day Café and bake sale, offering lunch specials to hungry voters on the run with proceeds benefiting homeless shelters.


The line of voters wound through the inner workings of the building and down the front sidewalk. There was some speculation that the polling location was down two machines, but volunteers confirmed there were the same 10 machines the location has every year.


Wyoming Area teacher turned political supporter Lisa Barrett was outside the church to show her support for Mundy. She had been at the church since 7 a.m. and intended to stay until 8 p.m.


We owe her a lot for what she does for our kids, Barrett said of Mundy. Twelve or 13 hours is the least I can do to show my support.


Voters agreed this election was an important one for everyone and many expressed how nice it was to see so many exercising their right to vote.


Back Mountain voting results by municipality:


Dallas Boro


• Approximately 62% for Romney.


• Approximately 39% for Obama.



Dallas Township


• Approx. 64% for Romney.


• Approx. 37% for Obama.



Franklin Township


• Approx. 60% for Romney.


• Approx. 39% for Obama.



Harvey's Lake Boro


• Approx. 53% for Romney.


• Approx. 46% for Obama.



Jackson Township


• Approx. 59% for Romney.


• Approx. 39% for Obama.



Kingston Township


• Approx.56% for Romney.


• Approx. 42% for Obama.


• Referendum vote 67% yes.



Lake Township


• Approx. 56% for Romney.


• Approx. 41% for Obama.



Lehman Township


• Approx. 57% for Romney.


• Approx. 40% for Obama.



Ross Township


• Approx. 65% for Romney.


• Approx. 33% for Obama.



PA State Elections



Senator Bob Casey Jr. reelected with 53% of the total vote.



Auditor General - Eugene Depasquale



Attorney General -Kathleen Kane



Treasurer - Robert McCord



11th Congressional District Lou Barletta reelected by 58% vote over his opponent Gene Stilp.



117th Legislative District


Karen Boback



120th Legislative District



Phyllis Mundy defeated first time runner Aaron Kaufer to win her 12th term in the state House of Representatives.



 


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