Crawford County Court of Common Pleas is being asked to order a special election in the race for a six-year term on the Wayne Township Board of Supervisors. Bruce M. Peterson, a Wayne resident who was the Democratic Party nominee for the supervisor’s post, is petitioning the court because his name was left off the township’s ballot in the Nov. 5 general election. Peterson won the Democratic Party nomination for the supervisor’s post in the May 21 primary while Lee Singleton, another Wayne resident, won the Republican Party nomination for the same position in May 21 primary. Both names were to appear on the township ballot for the Nov. 5 election, but only Singleton’s did, according to the petition filed with county court.
Singleton received a total of 187 votes in the Nov. 5 election while Peterson received two write-in votes, according to official vote tabulations from the Crawford County Board of Elections. Singleton was declared the winner by the board’s acceptance of precinct tabulations Thursday.
However, under Pennsylvania election law, results are subject to potential challenges for five business days after they are accepted by an election board.
“It’s never happened before that I’m aware of,” Diane Putney Adsit, chairwoman of the Crawford County Democratic Committee and Peterson’s attorney, said Sunday of a party nominee not being on the ballot in Crawford County. “It was just an error.”