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There are Republican and Democratic primaries in six out of the 21 Montgomery County municipalities covered by The Mercury.

On May 21, voters in the boroughs of Pennsburg, Pottstown and Royersford and in the townships of Lower Frederick, Skippack and Upper Hanover will have choices to make.

Borough Primaries

• In Pottstown, the only primary is in the Second Ward, where incumbent Borough Council Vice President Carol Kulp is being challenged by Lisa Vanni for the Democratic nomination.

There are no Republican candidates there and the Democratic incumbents —Trenita Lindsay in the Fourth Ward and Rita Paez in the Sixth Ward — are also unopposed in the primary and general elections.

• In Royersford, four Democrats, two of them incumbents, are running for three open seats on Royersford Borough Council.

The challengers are John K. guest and Kimberly Kirschner. The incumbents are Joe Moskal and Tiffany Moyer.

• In Pennsburg, four Republicans are running for two open seats with two-year terms on Pennsburg Borough Council.

Two of the candidates, Joan M. Weider and Patrick M. Suter, are incumbents. The challengers are Wayne Stevens and Larry Hange.

There is no contest for the three open Pennsburg council seats with four-year terms. Two incumbents, Kristopher G. Kirkwood and Bob Seville, along with Maggie Hange, are unopposed in both the primary and general election in November.

Township Primaries

• In Lower Frederick, a voter decision to expand the board of supervisors from three to five members has triggered a flood of candidates.

As a result, there are four seats open and two Republican primaries.

For two seats with six-year terms, three candidates are seeking the Republican nomination. They are Terry Bird, incumbent Terry Sacks and Nathan J. Schadler.

The winner of that contest will face Democrat Chuck Yeiser.

For the one seat with a four-year term, two Republicans are vying for the chance to face Democrat Christopher Kristofco, who is unopposed in the primary,

The two Republican candidates are Bryan J. Hill and Dan Orfe.

There is no primary contest for the seat with a two-year term, which will pit incumbent Republican Chuck Liedike against Democrat Noelle Halter.

• In Skippack, three Democrats are running for two slots on the ballot, each with a six-year term.

The candidates are Karen Lynch, Kathryn Cressman LeSage and Carl E. Bubek.

The two victors will face two Republicans in November who are running for the same two seats. They are incumbent Paul Fox and Tammy D'Agostino.

• In Upper Hanover, two Republicans are vying for the single ballot line for an open seat with a six-year term.

They are Beverly Plosa-Bowser and Timothy Woodward. The winner of the Republican primary will face Democrat LaBrea Huff in the November general election.

Remember that the last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot is May 14 and the last day if will be accepted by the Montgomery County Elections Board is May 17.

(Information about elections in all three counties covered by The Mercury, for all school board and municipal races can be found on The Mercury’s Tri-County Elections website As a public service, a subscription to the newspaper and/or the online site is not required to view it.)

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