After falling to Don Hahn in the Democratic primaries for State College Mayor on Tuesday, Michael Black secured the Republican nomination via write-in votes, according to a press release sent out from the Black campaign.
The result is still unofficial, but with no Republican candidates entered in the race, the campaign says Black “received more than enough votes to qualify as the Republican nominee and easily outpaced all of his opponents to win the nomination.”
The names of the write-in candidates were not released, but there were 312 write-in votes. To secure the nomination, Black would need the most write-in votes, and at least 10 votes total.
The Centre County Board of Elections is expected to certify Black as the Republican candidate for the election early next week.
In the Democratic primaries, Black received the second-most votes (779), while Hahn won with 949 votes.
JUST IN: Don Hahn wins the mayoral Democratic primary with 44% of the vote. There were no Republican candidates on ballot. pic.twitter.com/xyFK96UPyQ
— Onward State (@OnwardState) May 17, 2017
Black was endorsed by the BugPAC campaign to “reclaim State College,” which launched earlier this year as the brainchild of now-former student government presidents Kevin Horne and Terry Ford.
The campaign was created out of frustration with some current local officials who refuse to consider student initiatives simply because they come from students. BugPAC says Black is the best mayoral candidate to recognize the interests of both students and non-residents in State College.
This year’s general municipal election is slated for November 7.