EDGMONT — Republican Supervisor Ron Gravina survived a challenge by Democrat Linda Yu in a race that had a ring.
In the unofficial returns, Gravina got 456 votes to Yu's 387.
A Gravina supporter, Randy Bates, was accused by Democrats of leaving a threatening voicemail for a neighbor who supported Yu. In the message, Bates reminded his neighbor that he and Gravina were among those that helped extinguish a fire on his property almost 20 years ago. The homeowner, Don Kidder, and his family said the call seemed like fire services were transactional. Bates said he was merely confused why he wasn't supporting Gravina.
A lifelong resident of Edgmont, Gravina has been a member of Edgmont Township Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 since 1973. Gravina began serving the township in the fire marshal capacity in the 1980's and has served as township supervisor for more than 20 years. His background is in land development and custom home building. Gravina said the two issues in this campaign were the Runnymeade development and the need to minimize development and the safety concern related to the natural gas pipelines.
A 16-year township resident, Yu's expertise is in strategic planning, having worked on natural disaster and terroristic response strategic plans under the Bush and Obama administrations. She's also been an IBM systems engineer and is currently an entrepreneur. She was running on a message of facing inevitable growth, expansion by developers - in particular with Runnymeade, and with threats associated with the natural gas pipelines.