Daily Local News, November 5, 2009
By DAN KRISTIE
WEST CHESTER — Only one Borough Council race was contested in Tuesday’s election.
Democrat Tom Paxson, a salesman for a pipe company, and Independent Dave LaLeike, a freelance artist, were running for the Fifth Ward seat that is being vacated by Councilwoman Carolyn Comitta.
Paxson won, with 157 votes, or 58 percent. LaLeike, who did not appear on the ballot, ran a write-in campaign. Voters submitted 114 write-in ballots, and unofficial returns indicate that 113 of them were for LaLeike.
Despite the two candidates’ efforts, only 15 percent of the voters in the Fifth Ward came to the polls. The rest of West Chester’s municipal races were uncontested, and turnout across the borough was similarly low. …
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