There are only four Chester County municipal and school board primary contests in The Mercury's coverage area, but one of them is a whopper.
As Laura Catalano reported on May 10, there are 17 candidates running for six open seats on the Owen J. Roberts School Board.
Of the 17 candidates, three are seeking to fill a two-year term, and the remaining 14 are vying to fill five seats for four-year terms.
Nearly all the candidates are campaigning in teams that range in size from four to six candidates. The sole exception is Colleen Blute who is running independently.
The three teams are Owen J. Roberts 4 Great Governance, with four candidates; Leaders Who Listen, with six candidates; and OJR Cat Pack, also with six candidates.
On the Phoenixville School Board, by contrast, five candidates are running for five open seats and only one of them is an independent.
The other three contests are in Spring City and West Vincent.
In the Spring-Ford School Board's Region 3 contest, two candidates are seeking a single seat. The Region 3 seat includes Spring City, Royersford and part of Limerick.
Tom McMonigle is seeking both the Republican and Democratic ballot line for the November election. Diane C. Sullivan is seeking the Democratic line only. Neither is an incumbent.
If she is successful, the two will face each other again in the November general election.
Spring City has another primary race as well, for Spring City Borough Council.
Four incumbents are seeking the Republican nomination for three open seats on council.
They are Eugene Sweeney, Daniel L. Bauman Jr., Donald H. Shaner Jr. and Michael Battelle, according to Chester County Voter Services.
The only other primary is in West Vincent Township, where two candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the single open township supervisor seat, which carries a six-year term.
The candidates are Sara Schick and Tina Gibson. Neither is an incumbent.
(Information about elections in all three counties, for all school board and municipal races can be found on The Mercury’s Tri-County Elections website https://pottstownmercury.wixsite.com/tricountyelections. As a public service, a subscription to the newspaper and/or the online site is not required to view it.)