GantDaily’s Election Preview

CLEARFIELD – When the polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday, voters in Clearfield County will have several races to decide in the primary election from state judges to municipal posts.

The race getting a great deal of attention is that of Clearfield County Commissioner. Two incumbents and seven challengers are running for a total of three seats to be awarded in the general election.

Incumbents include Mark McCracken, Democrat; and Rex Read, D. Challengers are J. Barry Abbott Sr., Republican; Samuel F. Carr, R; Larry Lynn Garner, R; Sharon Josefik, R; Joan Robinson McMillen, R; Bill Rishel, R; and John A. Sobel, R.

Voters will also choose who will run for other county seats in the fall.

On the Democratic ballot, Clearfield County District Attorney William A. Shaw Jr. is running for another term. Carol A. Fox is also seeking reinstatement as county treasurer, and Henry T. Guthrie is looking to be named register and recorder. R. Joel Heath is seeking re-election as county coroner.

On the Republican side, Gary A. Knaresboro will challenge Shaw for district attorney. There is no Republican candidate running for either the county treasurer or county coroner post. Maurene E. Inlow is running for register and recorder.

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