5 Phoenixville School Board candidates to square off again in November

PHOENIXVILLE — It looks as if all five candidates for the Phoenixville Area School Board will return for the November election.

According to Chester County’s election results website, it looked as if incumbents Joshua Gould, Betsy Ruch, Jan Potts and Dan Cushing finished in that order on the Republican side of the ballot.

Gould scored 607 votes, Ruch had 581, Potts and Cushing tied with 573 and rookie challenger Lisa Longo had 348.

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On the Democratic side, Longo won by more than 25 votes over the next highest vote-getter, Gould. Cushing came in last on the Democratic ballot.

The vote totals came to 439 for Longo, 411 for Gould, 371 for Ruch, 347 for Potts and 336 for Cushing, according to the Chester County website.

On Facebook around 11 p.m., Longo tentatively announced her victory on the Democratic ballot, thanking supporters.

Longo said she is focused on two issues: better food service for students and energy efficiency in the district.

“(I’m) working on energy costs so we can put that money in the classroom,” Longo said.

Gould currently serves as the school board president and has been on the board for two terms, during which he’s been a lead voice during budget discussions.

Potts is the board’s vice president, leads the board curriculum committee and serves on the personnel committee with Ruch, who serves as chairwoman.

Ruch told The Mercury she is concerned with land acquisition for the district’s expansion and “keeping taxes down as much as possible so that senior citizens will not be forced out of their homes.”

“It’s a strong bunch of candidates, Lisa and the four incumbents,” Gould said late Tuesday. “It will be a strong board.”