Chappell wins seat on board

NEW CUMBERLAND-The second time around was a charm for Michelle Chappell, whom Hancock County voters elected to the school board on Tuesday.

Chappell, 49, of New Cumberland, was the top vote-getter in the four-way race for three seats on the Hancock County school board. She received an unofficial 2,142 votes in Tuesday’s primary election.

Also winning in the race were incumbents Toni Hinerman, with 2,088 votes, and John Manypenny, with 1,916 votes.

The results are unofficial partly because the canvass is on Monday and partly because of technical difficulties with a voting machine from precinct 22, County Clerk George Foley said.

Sixty-nine votes from precinct 22 were not included in Tuesday’s unofficial tally. County election officials hope to have the problem fixed by the time of the canvass. The results will be certified 48 hours after the canvass.

Chappell monitored the election results late Tuesday from the Hancock County Courthouse with her husband, Chip. “I’m very humbled and honored,” she said.

Chappell, who lost in a three-way race for two school board seats in 2012, attributed this year’s convincing win to her visibility as a parent, a volunteer and a committee member in the district.

“I have a reputation for doing a lot of follow-through. I dot all my I’s and cross all my T’s,” she said.

Chappell, an account representative for the American Cancer Society, said she spent the last two years addressing “shortfalls” from the last election.

“Being approachable. Talking to people and seeing where their concerns are,” she said.

Chappell, Hinerman and Manypenny will be sworn in around July 1.