Election roundup: Results from races across Western Pennsylvania
The Tribune-Review has you covered across Allegheny and Westmoreland counties as election races are decided.
You can find complete results and stories from dozens of races from across the region as they become available.
As many as 8.4 million voters in Pennsylvania were eligible to cast a ballot, but rain and cold weather helped contribute to low turnout across the region.
In a high-profile race for Pennsylvania's highest court, Republican Sallie Mundy held off Allegheny County Judge Dwayne Woodruff on Tuesday in what was the most closely watched race in the off-year election. Woodruff is a former Pittsburgh Steeler.
■ ALLEGHENY COUNTY COUNCIL
Democrat Anita Prizio edges out Republican Ed Kress on Allegheny County Council
Democrats gained at least one more seat on Allegheny County Council, strengthening their already strong majority on the 15-member council. O'Hara Democrat Anita Prizio narrowly defeated incumbent Shaler Republican Ed Kress for the District 3 seat.
■ ALLEGHENY COUNTY COURT
Connelly, Spurgeon elected to Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
Allegheny County voters Tuesday elected two new judges to the Court of Common Pleas. Patrick Connelly and David Spurgeon edged out Mary C. McGinley for two open seats, according to unofficial election results.
■ PLUM SCHOOL BOARD
Republicans sweep to victory in Plum School Board race
Republican candidates made it a clean sweep for four seats on the Plum School Board. Former school director Scott Kolar was the top vote-getter, followed by newcomers Angela Anderson, Brian Wisniewski and Scott Coulson.
■ PITTSBURGH CITY COUNCIL
■ DELMONT COUNCIL
Marx, Cheyne, Simpson, Shissler win Delmont council spots
Newcomers William Marx, Stan Cheyne and Pamela Simpson will join incumbent Andrew Shissler on Delmont Borough Council following their wins in Tuesday's general election.
■ GREATER LATROBE SCHOOL BOARD
LoCascio, O'Barto to join Greater Latrobe School Board
Steven LoCascio and Mike O'Barto are poised to join returning directors Heidi Kozar and William Palmer Jr. when the Greater Latrobe School Board reorganizes Dec. 5.
■ GREENSBURG CITY COUNCIL
Republicans take two open seats on Greensburg City Council
Republicans won two seats on the four-member Greensburg City Council, which traditionally has been dominated by Democrats.
■ GREENSBURG HEMPFIELD LIBRARY REFERENDUM
Greensburg Hempfield library tax fails in 4 of 6 municipalities
Four out of six communities rejected the Greensburg Hempfield Area Library's appeal for a 1-mill property tax, including Hempfield, which would have provided the majority of the money.
■ GREENSBURG SALEM SCHOOL BOARD
Four elected to Greensburg Salem school board
Ronald Mellinger Jr., Rachel Shaw, Jeffrey Metrosky and Lynna Thomas defeated Jonathan O'Brien and Rich Guerrieri in the race for four seats on the Greensburg Salem School Board.
■ HEMPFIELD AREA SCHOOL BOARD
Hempfield incumbent school board members claim majority of seats
Four of five candidates for Hempfield Area School Board earned seats in Tuesday's election, with sitting board members claiming three of the four open seats.
■ HEMPFIELD SUPERVISORS
Incumbent George Reese, former manager Rob Ritson win seats on Hempfield Board of Supervisors
Republicans won the day in the Hempfield supervisors race, with fire chief George Reese winning a full term on the board and former manager Rob Ritson earning a chance to sit on the other side of the dais.
■ JEANNETTE COUNCIL
One incumbent returns to Jeannette council, second ousted
Republican Chuck Highlands was elected to a four-year term, while fellow Republican incumbent Gabriel Homan lost his seat to Nancy Peters, a Democrat.
■ LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
Former solicitor earns spot on Latrobe council
Jim Kelley, Gerald Baldonieri and Christine Weller led the race for three seats on Latrobe City Council.
■ MT. PLEASANT AREA SCHOOL DIRECTOR
20-year Mt. Pleasant Area school director loses election; 3 newcomers win
A longtime Mt. Pleasant Area school director was ousted and three newcomers are set to join the board for four-year terms. Robert Gumbita Sr. lost re-election — he has been on the board for the last 20 years — while newcomers Donald Seder, Kimberly Grindle and John Sarnese are set to join the board.
■ MT. PLEASANT SUPERVISORS
Mt. Pleasant voters return Duane Hutter to board of supervisors
Duane Hutter secured his fourth term Tuesday on the Mt. Pleasant Township board of supervisors, topping challenger John Wilkinson.
■ MURRYSVILLE COUNCIL
Republicans appear poised to sweep Murrysville council seats
Republican candidates appeared poised for a sweep of Murrysville council seats, as Toni Brockway, Loren Kase, Carl Stepanovich and Dayne Dice were leading the field.
■ NEW STANTON MAYOR
Ron Echard wins mayor's seat in New Stanton
A write-in campaign in the primaries led to victory for Ron Echard, 65, who defeated borough council president Scott Sistek, 58, to become New Stanton's next mayor.
■ NORTH HUNTINGDON COMMISSIONERS
Incumbent headed for loss in North Huntingdon commissioner race
With all four precincts reporting in the Fourth Ward, Republican Brian Blasko was the apparent winner with 50.1 percent of the votes. Richard Gray, an incumbent Republican seeking his fifth term, was running as a write-in candidate because he lost in the primary
■ NORTH HUNTINGDON DISTRICT JUDGE
Gongaware wins first term as district judge in North Huntingdon
Incumbent Wayne Gongaware won his first six-year term as district judge in North Huntingdon. Gongaware was appointed to fill the unexpired term of former district Judge Douglas Weimer Jr., who retired.
■ NORWIN SCHOOL BOARD
2 incumbents, 2 others elected to Norwin school board
Two incumbent Norwin school board directors, a former director and a political newcomer led the pack of five candidates seeking four seats on the board.
■ SOUTHWEST GREENSBURG MAYOR
Southwest Greensburg voters re-elect Teacher as mayor
An electoral rematch had a repeat result in a tight race in Southwest Greensburg, making Shaun Teacher the borough's next mayor. Teacher has been mayor before, serving from 2000-08.
■ UNITY SUPERVISORS
Ed Poponick wins race for Unity Township supervisor
Democrat Ed Poponick defeated Republican Paul McCommons in the race for Unity Township supervisor and will succeed longtime Supervisor Mike O'Barto, who opted not to seek another term.
■ WESTMORELAND COUNTY CORONER
Ken Bacha rolls toward fifth term as Westmoreland County coroner
Westmoreland County Coroner Ken Bacha was headed to election to a fifth four-year term in a rematch with former deputy coroner F. Christopher O'Leath.
■ WESTMORELAND COUNTY COURT
Silvis elected Westmoreland Common Pleas Court judge
Republican Jim Silvis will be Westmoreland County's newest Common Pleas Court judge. Silvis defeated Democrat Lisa Monzo to win the seat, which has been vacant for more than a year after the death of Judge Debra Pezze.
■ WESTMORELAND COUNTY PROTHONOTARY
Westmoreland voters re-elect Christina O'Brien as prothonotary
Democratic incumbent Christina O'Brien appeared to win a third term as Westmoreland County prothonotary.
■ YOUNGWOOD COUNCIL
In Youngwood Council race, six candidates, five seats, four winners
Charles Lutz, 65, won both the two-year term created by former councilman Kris Long's appointment to mayor last year and one of the four-year terms. The other three winners of the four-year seats were Timothy Vastell, Billy Cowherd and Paula Mazurek.
■ BRACKENRIDGE MAYOR
Brackenridge voters keep Tom Kish as mayor for another 4 years
Brackenridge's mayor is here to stay, at least for another four years, as incumbent Thomas L. Kish defeated political newcomer Ronald R. Crawford.
■ CHESWICK COUNCIL
Uncounted write-in votes may decide Cheswick Council race
A large number of write-in votes were cast for Cheswick Council in Tuesday's election, making it unclear who the victors were for four council seats. According to unofficial election results, 485 write-ins were cast — accounting for about 30 percent of the vote.
■ NEW KENSINGTON-ARNOLD DISTRICT JUDGE
Frank Pallone Jr. retains job as Arnold-New Kensington district judge
District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr. will continue to serve on the magistrate's bench in the district court presiding over Arnold and New Kensington. The three-term incumbent beat Arnold Councilman Phil McKinley.
■ SPRINGDALE COUNCIL
Helwig, Ziencik, Overly and Miller win four-year terms on Springdale Council
The second time was a charm for a Springdale man looking for a seat on borough council. Harry Helwig Jr. was the top vote-getter among five candidates vying for four, four-year seats. Also re-elected were incumbents Jason Overly and Eileen Miller.
■ TARENTUM MAYOR
Tarentum voters turn to Eric Carter to become the borough's next mayor
Tarentum Council President Eric Carter said it was time for a change, and it looks like borough residents agree with him. The longtime councilman beat Mayor Carl J. Magnetta Jr. in the mayoral election, according to Allegheny County's unofficial election results.
■ UPPER BURRELL SUPERVISORS
Michael Conley defeats Allen Uhler in Upper Burrell supervisor's race
A familiar, more fracking-friendly face will be returning to the Upper Burrell supervisors. Michael Conley edged out incumbent Supervisor Allen Uhler for a six-year seat on the board in a contest Conley entered through cross-party write-in votes.