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Lunzer Expected to Win Newspaper Guild Presidency

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Lunzer Expected to Win Newspaper Guild Presidency

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Challenger Bernie Lunzer will win The Newspaper Guild presidential election, according to voting data obtained by E&P that indicates he has a lead of more than 900 votes with only some 600 potential ballots left to be counted.

Sources within the guild revealed that out of 6,420 votes tabulated so far, Lunzer, the longtime secretary-treasurer, has 3,648, while incumbent Linda Foley has just 2,722.

"We are pleased with the results we have seen this far," said Tim Schick, campaign manager for Lunzer and administrator of the Providence (R.I) Newspaper Guild. "That is about as far as I want to go."

Schick declined to comment on the specific data, but several sources said that the votes tabulated so far gave Lunzer an insurmountable lead.

Although votes from the York Newspaper Guild in York, Pa., are still yet to be counted, along with some 600 potential votes from a handful of Canadian units, the vote totals from those locations would not give Foley, the 13-year incumbent, enough to win.

Voting among most of the 28,000 eligible members of the guild occurred between April 24 and April 29. But final returns have been delayed somewhat due to the York unit, with 62 eligible members, failing to administer its voting in time.

Tracy Simmons, chair of the Sector Election and Referendum Committee, which oversees the election, said that unit voted later and its balloting will occur until May 15, when the election is certified. …

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