COAL TOWNSHIP — Three incumbents and two former Shamokin Area School Board members earned double nominations in Tuesday’s primary election.

Shamokin Area School Board incumbent Stephen Cook failed to earn nominations as either a Democrat or Republican and will not appear on the general election ballot.

Former board member Bernie Sosnoskie, who earned a double nomination, edged Cook 573 to 564 in the Democratic race and Rosalie Smoogen, who also received a double nomination, snuck by Cook 633 to 577 in the Republican race to earn nominations.

Three incumbents — Charles Shuey, Melissa Hovenstine and Jeffrey Kashner — earned double nominations Tuesday.

With five open seats on the board, the Nov. 5 general election will not be contested, barring a strong write-in campaign, as five people received double nominations.

Newcomer Rich Fowler, who only ran on the Republican ticket, earned the fewest votes in the race with 497.

In addition to the incumbents, longtime board member Robert Getchey’s seat also is open. Getchey did not seek re-election but decided to run for Coal Township commissioner.

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