All primary candidates in Perk Valley will square off in November

With Tuesday’s primary behind them, all eight candidates seeking seats on the Perkiomen Valley School Board are still in the running in the November general election.

Six candidates — Lynn Bigelow, Richard Bouher, Rachael Charyna, John King, Alex Rodriguez and Lori Snyder — had been vying for four seats with four-year terms. Two other candidates — Andrea Galambos and Paul Smith — were running unopposed to remain on the board for two more years.

The incumbents in the primary included not just Galambos and Smith, but also Bigelow, King and Snyder. King and Rodriguezran only as Democrats; the other 6 candidates were on both parties’ tickets.

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With just four Republican candidates seeking the four-year seats, each was assured of being able to continue on to the November general election. As it turned out, the vote was divided nearly equally among them.

Unofficial primary results from the county’s website for the four GOP contestants showed that, with the returns from all polling places counted, Snyder led the way with 769 votes, or 25.35 percent, followed closely by Bouher, with 766 votes, or 25.26 percent, and, just behind him, Bigelow, with 765 votes, or 25.22 percent. Charyna captured 733 votes, or 24.17 percent.

Among the six candidates running as Democrats for the four seats with four-year terms, Rodriguez, Snyder, Bigelow and King will continue on to the general election. In the primary, Rodriguez received 306 votes, or 21.50 percent, among Democrats, while 301 votes, or 21.15 percent, went to Snyder, and Bigelow polled 292 votes, or 20.52 percent. King rounded out the top four candidates with 227 votes, or 15.95 percent.

Behind him was Charyna, with 185 votes, or 13 percent, among Democrats, and Bouher, with 112 votes, or 7.87 percent.

For the two other seats, with two-year terms, Republicans cast 748 votes for Smith, who also received 230 Democratic votes. Galambos collected 529 Republican votes, and 423 from among Democrats. Both candidates will be on both parties’ tickets in the November election.

Thus, Snyder and Bigelow will be running in the general election on both parties’ tickets, while Bouher and Charyna will be running only as Republicans, and King and Rodriguez will appear only on the Democratic side.

Snyder is a Lower Frederick Township resident who has lived in the district for about 30 years. She is a human resource director with Readington Farms and has served on the board for about 20 years and is currently its president.

Bigelow, 51, resides in Collegeville and has lived in the district for 23 years. He is director of finance for Sedona Corp. in King of Prussia. Now in his eighth year on the school board, Bigelow is currently its vice president.

Bouher, 43, lives in Perkiomen Township, where he has been Republican committeeman for the past three years. A construction manager with Scozzari Builders Inc., Bouher has lived in the district for 22 years.

Charyna, 37, is also from Perkiomen Township, where she serves as its auditor. A homemaker, she has been a district resident for 11 years.

King, 72, is likewise from Perkiomen Township. He has lived in the district for about 36 years and has served on the board for 26 years. King is a retired food store manager.

Collegeville resident Rodriguez, 41, has lived in the district since 2007. A public defender in Chester County, he has not previously held political office, although he has run unsuccessfully for a seat on borough council.

Galambos, 41, from Perkiomen Township, joined the board last June, replacing David Warren, who had resigned. She has lived in the district for about 13 years and is quality management director for the Montgomery County Office of Behavioral Health/Development Disabilities.

Skippack Township resident Smith, 66, became a board member at the beginning of February, replacing the late Sam Schweigert. Smith has served as a spokesman for the Perkiomen Valley Taxpayer Advocacy Coalition. Retired from business management in a number of industries, Smith has lived in the district for 17 years.