Spring-Ford adds new faces to school board after primary election

Spring-Ford Area School Board candidate Christina Melon greets voters on Tuesday.
Spring-Ford Area School Board candidate Christina Melon greets voters on Tuesday. Barry Taglieber — For Digital First Media

ROYERSFORD >> The Spring-Ford Area School Board primary election results were filled with surprises Tuesday night.

Each candidate was cross-filed on the ballot, meaning Democrats and Republicans were able to vote for any one of them.

Of the 1,449 total votes cast in Spring-Ford’s region 1, Linda C. Fazzini handily defeated challengers Will Cromley and Matthew Stawecki. Fazzini received 686 votes — 390 votes on the Democratic side and 296 on the Republican. Cromley took second with 395 votes, 117 Democratic and 278 Republican; while Stawecki came in third with 368 votes, 167 Democratic and 201 votes from Republicans, according to unofficial results posted on the Montgomery County website. Incumbent board member Kelly Spletzer chose not to seek re-election. Region 1 covers a portion of Upper Providence Township.

In Region 2, both candidates will advance to the November general election as candidates Clinton Jackson and Kathleen Drennan both won a primary race. Incumbent board member Todd R. Wolf chose not to seek re-election guaranteeing one new face on the board. Jackson was able to edge out Drennan on the Republican side, receiving 477 votes to Drennan’s 325. Yet Drennan defeated Jackson on the Democratic side by receiving 396 votes to his 260 votes, according to the unofficial results on the Montgomery County website. Region 2 represents portions of Upper Providence and Limerick townships.

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In region 3, incumbent board President Joe Ciresi chose not to seek re-election guaranteeing at least one new face on the board. Tom DiBello, the incumbent and board vice president, faced challengers Christina Melton and Robert A. Weber for the two open seats. Region 3 covers portions of Royersford and Spring-City Boroughs along with Limerick Township.

Melton and DiBello defeated Weber to presumably take the two seats this fall.

In Montgomery County, Melton received 467 votes from the Democrats and 326 from Republicans. DiBello received 335 Democratic votes and 300 votes from Republicans. Weber received 190 votes from Democrats and 295 Republican votes, according to unofficial results on the Montgomery County website.

In Chester County, Melton received 94 votes from Democrats and 97 votes from Republicans. DiBello 50 votes from Democrats and 72 from Republicans. Weber received 30 votes from Democrats and 56 from Republicans, according to unofficial results on the Chester County website.