Local Candidates Talk Election Day Activity

| May 22, 2019

VENANGO CO., Pa. (EYT) – Each of the candidates for local positions in Venango County seem to have different ways of handling Election Day.

ExploreVenango.com reached out to some of our area candidates to see how they spent their day.

“I woke up bright and early, posted on my Facebook page asking people to consider voting for me, and then went and voted at my precinct in Oil City and spent some time there greeting voters,” said Venango County Commissioner candidate Same Breene said.

After stopping for a quick lunch, Breene moved on to visit volunteers campaigning at several other polling stations before stopping to visit with voters for a while in Cornplanter Township.

“Unfortunately, it seemed like a low turnout. It’s sad to see because local elections are so important.”

Democratic candidate Bonnie Summers said she had an early day on Tuesday, as well.

“I had a very early start, said a prayer, and went for a run, and then voted,” Summers said.

She also visited several polling places before returning to election headquarters to wait for the returns.

“The poll workers and election staff are really great but so far the numbers appear low,” she noted. “However, I commend all who make the effort and take the time to make their voice be heard and vote.”

Incumbent candidate Albert “Chip” Abramovic said he spent a good portion of his day driving around.

“I’ve been stopping to say hello to people. I took my mom out to lunch. It’s really been a nice day,” Abramovic said.

“I’m just trying to relax a little before it gets crazy tonight, so it’s just been kind of a calm day. There’s just not much you can do at this point because everything is already done.”

Challenger Mike Dulaney noted some of the same sentiments.

“I’m just trying to keep calm, I guess, trying to keep myself occupied,” Dulaney explained.

Dulaney said he spent some time at several different precincts throughout the day, but mostly concentrated on keeping his mind busy.

“At this point, after seven months of work, it’s in the voters’ hands.”

Like Breene, he also noted concerns about the turnout.

“It feels like it’s going to be a low turnout, which is unfortunate. These local elections often have more influence on people than the big national elections, but the national elections get more attention.”

Joe Carulli said he spent a good portion of his day outside of his local polling place.

“Being on the ballot, I have to be outside,” he noted. “Also because of the Hatch Act, I cannot campaign. So, I do have some people at different places, but I’m contained to keeping the peace.”

Darrell Karns took a slightly different approach, visiting with just a handful of voters at a couple of polling places in the morning.

“I just thanked them (voters) for coming out to vote and encouraged them to consider me,” he noted.

He said he then spent the remainder of his day working on an air conditioner installation for a customer.


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