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Council, ward 1

Vote for one

Robert Veres (I)


Experience: Current incumbent four-year Councilman; former four-year Carlynton School Board member with two years as vice president; chair of three Carnegie council committees.

Phil Boyd


Experience: Current member of the Carnegie Zoning Board

CV School Board

Vote for four

Eric Kraemer


Business: More than 15 years of executive level management experience at regional real estate firms; finance council member at Our Lady of Grace Church and school.

Julie Murphy


Business: Twenty-five years business experience, 12 in executive positions; former regional leader for the Girl Scouts of WPA, CV Education Foundation leadership board; Phipps Conservatory board of trustees; CVSA soccer coach.

Debra Rice (I)


Experience: Incumbent school director; 18 years as an educator with degrees in education.

Alka Patel


Business: Managing director and senior legal counsel for BNY Mellon.

Anthony Mazzarini Jr.


Business: Owner of Parkway Service Center and Mazzarini Real Estate.

Jeff Choura (I)


Experience: Incumbent school board member



Vote for three

Wayne Chiurazzi


Business: Attorney and owner of Chiurazzi and Mengine.

Charles Hackett


Business: Owner of C. Hackett Chrysler Jeep Dodge and the Hancock County Courier, both in West Virginia.

Jason Oskamp


Experience: Collier Township Parks and Recreation Board; Collier Republican Party member; community volunteer.

Mary Ann Cupples


Experience: Political action chairperson of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers; leadership roles at the state American Federation of Teachers; instructional team leader at Westwood School.

Kevin Vaughn


Experience: Current Collier Township Planning Commission member.

Nichole Kauer


Experience: Alternate member Collier Township Civil Service Board.

Business: Accountant at L.B. Foster Company; part-owner Presto Qwik Stop.

Scott Township

Commissioner, Ward 2

Vote for one

Herb Ohliger


Experience: Former Chartiers Valley School Board member; president of the Scott Township Athletic Association; previous candidate for Allegheny County Sheriff.

William Wells (I)


Experience: Current Scott Township council member

Terrance Cassidey Sr.


Business: Appointed to the Scott Township Democratic Committee in 2002 and re-elected twice since.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

While the Nov. 11 general election still is months away, election season already is upon the area with the May 21 primary.

Twenty-nine candidates are vying for spots on November's ballot throughout Bridgeville, Carnegie, Collier, Chartiers Valley and Scott.

Most races in the area won't be contested until after the primary, when the field is narrowed down for the general election.

In Collier, four Republicans will be running for three spots on the November ballot: Wayne Chiurazzi, Charles Hackett, Jason Oskamp and Kevin Vaughn. Two Democrats are running for the three Democratic ballot spots: Mary Ann Cupples Wisniowski and Nichole Kauer.

Township manager Sal Sirabella said the fact that three incumbent commissioners are not seeking re-election is helping to contribute to the high volume of candidates.

Chartiers Valley will have six candidates run for four school-board positions. Candidates are cross-filed, meaning they are running on both the Republican and Democratic tickets. They include incumbents Jeff Choura and Debra Rice and newcomers Eric Kraemer, Anthony Mazzarini Jr., Julie Murphy and Alka Patel.

In Carnegie, the only contested primary race is that between Democrats Bob Veres and Phil Boyd in Ward 2. Veres, an incumbent, said his biggest goal is to finish writing the ordinance for the Carnegie Volunteer Fire Department — something he says will enable the department to operate in a more business-like fashion. Boyd, a member of the Carnegie Zoning Board, could not be reached for comment.

The Carnegie mayoral race won't heat up until November, when incumbent Jack Kobistek faces current Councilman Mike Sarsfield on the Democratic ticket. Kobistek does not run in the primary because he is an Independent.

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