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Ezra Nanes Appears Favorite To Secure Democratic Nomination For State College Mayor

Following Tuesday’s primary election, Ezra Nanes appears likely to secure the Democratic nomination for State College’s next mayor.

According to preliminary election results as of 11:25 p.m., Nanes earned 1,568 votes (65.8%) from State College voters, easily giving him the edge over fellow Democratic candidate Jim Leous, who received 815 votes (34.2%).

The Centre County Elections Office said it’s counted all in-person votes from its 87 precincts, but about 2,000 mail ballots remain to be counted. Processing is set to resume at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

No Republican ran in the mayoral primary. One Democratic candidate could, hypothetically, secure the GOP nomination with at least 10 write-in votes. Nearly 200 write-in votes have already been cast, but those names aren’t available yet.

This election’s turnout already surpassed 2017’s mayoral primary by nearly 200 votes.

Nanes is currently the director of business development at AccuWeather in State College. Leous, meanwhile, is a three-term member of the State College Area School Board and an employee in Penn State’s Office of the Associate CIO for Research.

State College’s mayor serves a four-year term while earning a $13,000 yearly salary. He or she can’t vote among the Borough Council but can veto or approve ordinances and preside over council meetings.

Election Day is set for Tuesday, November 2.

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Matt DiSanto

Matt is a senior majoring in journalism and Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football aficionado, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza and "Arrested Development" quotes. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ if you hate yourself or email Matt at [email protected] if you hate him.

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