Election 2013: Most officials re-elected in West

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While most incumbents easily won re-election Tuesday, some council members and school directors in West towns and school districts were defeated. Here's a roundup of some West races, according to unofficial results from the Allegheny County Division of Elections:


Mayor Donald Dolde's bid for a seventh term came up 61 votes short as he was upset by challenger Pasquale B. DeBlasio.

"I tried my best to do a good job," Mr. Dolde said of his 24 years as mayor. In 2007, he was named Mayor of the Year by the Pennsylvania State Mayors' Association.

"I wish the new guy good luck," he said.

Mr. DeBlasio previously served one term on council.

Longtime Councilwoman Mary Weise and council Vice President Joseph Colosimo Jr. fell short in their bids for new terms. Bruce Ghelarducci Sr. and William Colussy retained their seats, and William Henderson and Neil Lyons won seats on council.

-- Bob Podurgiel

Carlynton school board

Antriece Hart of Carnegie and Carl A. Hunt of Crafton will be new members of the school board. Both crossfiled.

Ms. Hart, a sales representative for Forest Pharmaceuticals Inc., will fill the seat that was occupied by Sandra Hughan, who served from 1987-1991 and then from 1993-2013. Mrs. Hughan did not seek re-election.

Patti Schirripa from Rosslyn Farms, who served for a decade -- from 2003-2013 -- did not seek re-election. Her seat will be filled by Mr. Hunt of Crafton, a marketing manager for Gannett Fleming, an international planning, design and construction management firm.

Both new board members have children in the district, and this will be their first time in public office.

Incumbents Joe Appel of Crafton and Nyra Schell of Rosslyn Farms will remain on the board for new four-year terms. Both reclaimed their seats without opposition.

Mr. Appel was appointed to the board in December 2011 and Mrs. Schell has been on the board since 2009.

-- Kim Lawrence


Incumbent Jack Kobistek, an independent, won easy re-election with no opposition.

In Ward 1, Phil Boyd, a Democratic newcomer, won a council seat. Ward 2 Democrats Pat Catena and Rick D'Loss won re-election. All were unopposed.

Chartiers Valley schools

Four new school board members, all newcomers, will be seated next month. None of them faced opposition in the general election.

They are Julie Murphy, Anthony Mazzarini Jr., Eric Kraemer Jr. and Alka Patel.

-- Carole Gilbert Brown


Three new commissioners won seats Tuesday -- Wayne Chiurazzi who crossfiled; Jason Oskamp, a Republican; and Nichole Kauer, a Democrat. They will replace Kay Downey-Clarke, Robert Schuler and Timothy Young, who are retiring.

Mr. Schuler will gain a new seat in township government following his election as tax collector.

"I think it's going to be a really diverse board. I'm really excited about it," said Ms. Kauer, 25, who along with Mr. Oskamp and Mr. Chiurazzi will join Commissioners Wilson Durisko and George Macino on the five-member board.

-- Carole Gilbert Brown


Incumbent Tony Celeste will return as mayor for a four-year term. He was unopposed and ran on both the Republican and Democratic tickets.

Democrat Thomas W. Mangan was unopposed for tax collector; he will serve a four-year term. Democrat incumbent Helen Manna, who had been tax collector for 16 years, chose not to seek re-election.

Democrat Edward Pitassi, a newcomer, was unopposed for council in Ward 1.

Incumbent Democrat Rudy Bolea retained his seat representing Ward 2 without opposition. Incumbent Democrat Diane Pittman also retained her seat in Ward 3 against Republican Tom Toomey. Democrat Dan La Rocco, who has been on council for 18 years, retained his seat representing Ward 4 over Republican David Bates.

-- Kim Lawrence

Green Tree

Come January, Green Tree Councilman Edward Schenck will be changing seats at the municipal building.

He will move from council, where he has served for eight years, to the mayor's chair, which is being vacated by Chuck Hammer.

Mr. Schenck, a Democrat, beat Republican opponent Edward Stewart.

"I'd like to thank the voters for their confidence in me," Mr. Schenck said Wednesday.

An attorney specializing in civil litigation, Mr. Schenck added that he has been active in Green Tree for more than 20 years.

His challenger, Edward Stewart, attributed his defeat to changing demographics in the borough. For many years, Green Tree was a considered a Republican stronghold, but there has been an increase recently in Democratic voters, especially among residents moving from the city.

A 14-year borough resident, Mr. Stewart is a former Navy SEAL, retired Reservist and founder of an investment management company.

In races for Green Tree council, incumbents Mark Sampogna and David Rea, both Democrats, each were re-elected. Republican John Novak also won another term.

The fourth open seat remained undecided.

According to the county election website, Democrat Kristina Pusateri and Republican David Lorenzini both have 497 votes. And another Republican, Tom Bean Jr., has 495 votes.

-- Carole Gilbert Brown


Retired Montour School District athletic director Mitch Galiyas, who had been appointed as a commissioner, was unchallenged to finish the last two years of the seat he had been holding.


Joseph Rehak will replace Michael Schaal on McDonald council in January.

Mr. Rehak, a former councilman and president of the McDonald Volunteer Fire Department, had 141 votes to return to council for a four-year term, according to unofficial results from the Allegheny and Washington county election boards.

Mr. Rehak, who is retired, said he's interested in issues such as enforcing ordinances and cleaning up untidy properties.

"I think I'll stir things up anyway, and get somebody thinking," he said. "I'll do my best."

Mr. Schaal, with 129 votes, has served on council since 2009. He also is a youth baseball coach.

"I was involved before [council], and I'll be involved after," Mr. Schaal said. "Maybe I'll have a stab at [another term] in the future. We'll see."

Four incumbents kept their spots on council -- Marilou Ritchie, Steve Matta Jr. and Raymond Miller for four-year terms and Tom Rockwell for a two-year term.

Fire department lieutenant Elmo Cecchetti III was unsuccessful in gaining a seat.

-- Andrea Iglar


There will be a new supervisor on the board. Republican Joseph M. Wise will fill the seat of Frank Sinatra, who did not run for re-election.

Mr. Wise defeated former Republican supervisor Edwin L. Nelson.

This is Mr. Wise's first time in office. He has a bachelor's degree in political science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an MBA in marketing from Duquesne University. He and his wife, Mary Jo, have a son, Christian, 9.

Mr. Wise said he is committed to Moon, where he was born and raised. He is a member of St. Margaret Mary Church and is a Moon Area School District graduate.

Supervisor James A. Vitale, a Democrat, retained his seat.

Republican incumbent Sally L. Cross, township auditor, will serve another six-year term. She was unopposed. Tax collector Catherine Tress was re-elected. She defeated Democrat Eugene A Casasanta.

-- Kim Lawrence


Ward 2 had the only contested race in the township, with incumbent Bill Wells, a Democrat, winning a second term by defeating Republican Herb Ohliger 206-68.

Mr. Wells, who spent the entire day at the polls, said Wednesday, "I'd like to see the township develop a strategic plan for the budget that would cover four to five years."

Incumbent commissioners Patricia Caruso in Ward 4, David Jason in Ward 6 and David Calabria in Ward 8 faced no opposition.

-- Carole Gilbert Brown

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