CLARION — Republican challenger Brett Whitling defeated William Miller on Tuesday to become the next mayor of the Clarion Borough.
Whitling trailed Miller for most of the evening, but overcame a single digit deficit to claim the win by 25 votes. Whitling tallied 371 votes to Miller’s 346.
Miller was appointed by Clarion Borough Council to replace Dan Parker, who resigned earlier this year to seek employment elsewhere. He is the former swimming coach at Clarion University and has served on numerous committees in Clarion.
Whitling is a husband, father and foster parent. He is a local small business owner for the past 10 years and a volunteer at Clarion Fire & Hose Co. 1. He is employed by Clarion County and is a former Clarion News reporter.
In Clarion, the mayor serves a two-year term.
Clarion Borough Council
Four-year term (three to be elected): Carol Lapinto, Republican,428 votes; Brenda Sanders Dede, Democrat, 408; Zachary Garbarino, Republican, 398; LouAnn Steiner, Democrat, 393.
East Brady Borough Council
Four-year term (four elected): Dennis King, Democratic/Republican, 142; Joseph D Hillwig, Democrat/Republican, 136; Barbara Mortimer, Democrat/Republican, 131.
Foxburg Borough Council
Four-year term (three to be elected): Judy Fleming, Democrat, 44.
Two-year term: Rebecca Ann Gates, Republican,46.
Hawthorn Borough Council
Four-year term (three to be elected): Jennifer Beamer, Republican, 82; Bryan Watkins, Republican, 74.
Four-year term (four to be elected): Carl S Salser, Republican,196; Jack Bish Jr., Republican,195; Harold E. Bud Price, Republican,181; Linda Ann Runyan, Democrat, 156.
New Bethlehem Borough
Four-year term (three to be elected): Gordon Barrows, Democrat/Republican, 151; Brian Fox, Republican, 88; Scott Barrett, Democrat/Republican, 87.
Two-year term: Sandra C. Mateer, Republican,107.
Rimersburg Borough Council
Four-year term (three to be elected): Tim Yeany, Republican, 149; Pamela Curry, Republican, 145; Roger Crick, Republican, 145.
Shippenville Borough Council
Four year term (three to be elected): Charles Knight, Republican, 87; Paul R. Woodburne, Democrat, 43.
Sligo Borough Council
Four-year term (three to be elected): Todd Andy Wiser, Republican, 103; Kerry Graham, Republican, 101; Michele Divins Elder, Republican, 97.
St. Petersburg Borough Council
Four-year term (four to be elected): Barry F. Sullivan, Republican, 60; Judy Zerbe, Republican, 58; William Dennis Logue, Republican, 56; Richard J. Feicht, Democrat, 47.
Strattanville Borough Council
Four-year term (three to be elected): Karen Reddick, Republican, 93; Wesley Lander, Republican, 83; Jonathan Stants, Democrat, 54.
Two-year term (two to be elected): Richard M. Thompson, Republican, 104.