Dressler ousted by rookie Spletzer in Spring-Ford Region I

ROYERSFORD — Two of the three Spring-Ford Area School Board incumbents up for re-election will extend their campaigns to November but it seems one’s campaign has been cut short.

According to sources, Edward Dressler lost on both the Republican and Democratic sides of the Region I ballots in Upper Providence to rookie challenger Kelly Spletzer.

Spletzer originally attempted to join the school board last fall to fill the seat David Shafer left when he moved to Florida for work. Willard Cromley was eventually unanimously named to the board but Spletzer among the top names considered.

Running on the merits of her 17 years of experience with corporate taxation, finance and accounting with a mutual fund investment company, Spletzer also said she served as a leader with the Spring-Ford Girl Scouts’ service unit.

Both candidates in Region II serving Limerick will return for November’s election, though Helen Karchner made it by the skin of her teeth.

According to Montgomery County’s unofficial election results, Todd Wolf handily won over Karchner on Republican ballots 300 to 120, but Karchner squeaked by 108 to 107 on the Democrat side to secure a run in November.

Wolf said he wanted to guide the district through difficult economic times by being accountability to students, staff and taxpayers in the district.

The Mercury couldn’t reach Karchner before the election.

In Region III, serving both Royersford and Spring City, it appears that Joe Ciresi will be assured a spot on the school board, getting the most votes on both sides of the ballot.

Final vote totals were not published as of press time, but according to sources, Ciresi won on both sides of the ballot, Tom DiBello secured the second-most votes on the Democrat side and Robert Weber had the second-most on Republican ballots.

Ciresi is the vice president of the current board, which he’s served on for roughly eight years.

He said there was a low voter turnout which may have affected the races.

“You never know,” he said Tuesday night. “It is what it is. (DiBello and I) have worked hard to move Spring-Ford forward.”

DiBello is the president of the current board. This is his first re-election attempt.

Weber is a challenger looking to join the board for the first time.

Challenger and former board member John Grispon failed to secure enough votes to return to the ballot in November.

Cromley, who ran unopposed, will be the only name on the November ballot for a two-year term in Region I.

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