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2/22/2013 8:58:00 AM
Mercer town primary narrows the field to two
School referendum also passes

Brian Jopek
of The Lakeland Times

The town of Mercer has 1,200 registered voters. 

Of those, 662 actually voted in Tuesday’s primary. 

While many towns in the area reported the customary reduced number of voters for a primary election, Mercer had, along with the State Supreme Court race that was a statewide primary, a referendum dealing with the Mercer school district and the primary for town chairman. 

“The school referendum brought out a lot, too,” Opal Roberts, the Mercer town clerk, said. That referendum, to determine whether or not the Mercer School District would receive $650,000 a year in a recurring mill levy, passed 430 votes to 230 votes. 

Roberts was also a candidate in  Tuesday’s town primary. 

She came in second in the town chairman race, garnering 260 votes. The incumbent town chairman, Jim Kichak, received 315 votes. 

In third place was James “J.D.” Davis with 65 votes. He was eliminated from contention. 

In April, it will be the incumbent town chairman, Kichak, taking on the town clerk, Roberts, in the General Election. 

If Roberts doesn’t defeat Kichak in April, she’ll no longer be the Mercer town clerk. At least in the foreseeable future. 

“In November, I filed non-candidacy papers stating that I wouldn’t be running for town clerk,” Roberts said. “So, our treasurer, Christan Brandt, took out papers to run for clerk and she’s running unopposed.”

Brian Jopek may be reached at bjopek@lakelandtimes.com.to come

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