Lorenzini declared winner of Green Tree council seat

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Nearly three weeks after the Nov. 5 election, Republican David Lorenzini was declared the winner of the fourth seat on Green Tree council after he pulled a wooden pellet numbered 35 from a leather bottle Friday in the Allegheny County Elections Division office.

After drawing lots, Democratic candidate Kristina Pusateri selected number 9. Both had received 497 votes, prompting the tie-breaking procedure. The race was the only one to end in a tie vote in Allegheny County.

A pleased Mr. Lorenzini was stunned by the result but indicated he is looking forward to taking a seat on the seven-member board. A vacancy became available because Ed Schenck, a Democrat, was elected mayor.

Mr. Lorenzini called his opponent  "a wonderful lady."

Ms. Pusateri, who was the lone female candidate in the election, expressed dismay with the way in which the tie vote was resolved.

"I think it's a large disappointment that the people's final vote is ultimately decided by drawing a numbered pellet," she said.

The state elections code provides for using the ancient lots procedure to resolve ties. A red leather bottle was filled with 51 numbered pellets. Mr. Lorenzini's name was listed on the ballot first, so he had the first pick. Prior to the drawing, he joked to Ms. Pusateri that they should split the four-year term at two years apiece.

Ms. Pusateri said she had hoped to win the election, in part to bring diversity to the council, which is made up of all men.

Mr. Lorenzini, 48, has lived in Green Tree for 44 years. He is a 1983 graduate of Bishop Canevin High School and holds an accounting degree from Duquesne University. He is the owner of Rico's restaurant in Ross. He also is involved in local and school district athletics.

He and his wife, Bonnie, who is president of Green Tree's Great White Sharks swim team, have two daughters, Marina, 19, and Sofia, 13. The family belongs to St. Margaret of Scotland Church.

Ms. Pusateri, 50, is an account manager for a global brokerage company and a 17-year borough resident, where she is involved with the Women's Civic Club and the Parkedge Sound Barrier Commission. She also is a founding member of the Green Tree Farmers Market and is a community fundraiser.

In 2011, she was named Green Tree Rotary's Person of the Year for her work with homeless people and animals.

"I love the community and will continue to be involved," she said.

Mr. Lorenzini expressed thanks to his campaign workers and the voters.


(Correction: Published Dec. 4, 2013) It was incorrectly reported last week that David Lorenzini, the winner of a Green Tree council seat, is a member of the borough's volunteer fire department.

Carole Gilbert Brown, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com.

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