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Voters elect Thomas, Robinson in Ligonier Township

Republicans Wade Thomas and Bruce Robinson will fill two seats added to the Ligonier Township board of supervisors.

They defeated Democrat Albert H. “Mike” Shadron on Nov. 4 in the race for one five-year term and one three-year term, according to unofficial election returns.

Thomas received 63.6 percent of the votes for the five-year seat, and Robinson took 61.3 percent to win the three-year term.

The two posts were created after voters approved last year a referendum to expand the board from three to five members. Lifelong Ligonier resident Thomas, 53, served a six-year term as supervisor from 1988 to 1994, after which he did not seek re-election. He operates George Thomas Contracting.

“The voters came out and spoke, and they want change in Ligonier Township,” Thomas said. “Ligonier Township is coming out of the 1950s the first Monday in January,” when the two new supervisors take office, he said.

Robinson, 63, was president of the Ligonier Valley School Board for seven years and is secretary for Ligonier Township. He is the general manager of Laurel Valley Golf Club and has been a resident for about eight years.

“I appreciate the voters coming out to support Wade and I,” Robinson said. “We’re going to work real hard for the township.”

Both Thomas and Robinson said prior to the election that they planned to waive their $2,000 supervisor monthly stipends if elected.

Neither of them wish to serve as roadmasters. Shadron said he wishes Thomas and Robinson the best of luck and hopes they accomplish what they set out to do. The supervisors will hold their reorganization meeting Jan. 5.

Nicole Chynoweth is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2862 or [email protected].


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