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Commissioner (vote for three)

Wayne Chiurazzi

Age: 47

Residence: Presto

Family: Two children

Education: Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University.

Party: Republican

Background: Attorney, 12-year Collier resident. Never held office and decided that it was a good time to give back.

Nichole Kauer

Age: 25

Residence: Presto

Education: bachelor's degree in accounting from University of Pittsburgh

Party: Democrat

Background: Accountant at L.B. Foster Company, part owner of the Presto Qwik Stop and alternate member of the Collier Township Civil Service Board.

Jason Oskamp

Age: 41

Residence: Oakdale

Family: Wife, Cindy, and children Kyle and Megan

Education: Chartiers Valley High School, University of Pittsburgh

Party: Republican

Background: Collier Township Parks and Recreation Board, Collier Republican Party member and community volunteer.

Chuck Hackett

Age: 51

Residence: Collier

Family: Wife, Janice, and three children

Education: Mars High School

Party: Republican

Background: Owner of C. Hackett Auto and the Hancock County Courier.

Mary Ann Cupples-Wisniowski

Age: 63

Residence: Collier

Education: Undergraduate and graduate degrees from Duquesne University

Party: Democrat

Background: Political Action Chairperson of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers for 20 years, leadership roles at the PFT, PA American Federation of Teacher, Instructional Team Leader at Westwood School and Breast Cancer Coalition.

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Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Eight contested races in the area will be decided on Nov. 5 but for one borough, everything has been decided since May.

In Carnegie, incumbent Mayor Jack Kobistek won both the Democratic and Republican votes during the May primaries, and any challengers would have to campaign as write-ins.

In terms of borough council, three seats are up for grabs. In Ward 1, where there is one open seat, Democrat Phil Boyd is running unopposed. In Ward 2, there are two open seats, and Democrats Rick D'Loss and Pat Catena are the only candidates on the ballot.

Races for both school districts — Carlynton and Chartiers Valley — are uncontested.

Chartiers Valley public relations coordinator Chuck McCartney said it is an unusual situation for the district.

“That is not the norm,” he said. “I'm sure it has happened in the past where the board spots have been uncontested, but usually there are several more candidates than positions.”

Carlynton candidates on the ballot are Antriece Hart, Carl Hunt, Joe Appel and Nyra Schell. Chartiers Valley candidates are Alka Patel, Julie Murphy, Eric Kraemer and Anthony Mazzarini Jr.

In Collier, five candidates are vying for three open seats on the board of commissioners – none of them incumbents: Wayne Chiurazzi (R/D), Nichole Kauer (D), Jason Oskamp (R), Chuck Hackett (R) and Mary Ann Cupples-Wisniowski (D).

Collier Manager Sal Sirabella said he is pleased with the number of candidates seeking office.

Commission President Bob Schuler is not seeking re-election. He is, however, running for tax collector.

In Green Tree, it is a battle of the Eds — Republican Edward Stewart is challenging incumbent Mayor Edward Schenck. For council, eight candidates are vying for four spots, including incumbents Mark Sampogna (D), David Rea (D) and John Novak (R). Other candidates are Ken Nolte (R), Dan Gall (D), David Lorenzini (R), Tom Bean Jr. (R) and Kristina Pusateri (D).

Heidelberg Mayor Ken LaSota is the probable winner in the borough, as the independent candidate is running unopposed. There are three open seats on borough council, with four candidates running: Carrie Nolan (D), Ricky Jordan (D), Richard Pattinato (D) and Raymond Wayne (R).

In Rosslyn Farms, both the mayoral and council races are uncontested, with Mayor James Stover running unopposed and three candidates running for four open council seats: Daniel Harkins (D), David Robb (R) and Patrick McNamara (R).

In Scott, only one ward is contested – Ward 2, where incumbent Democrat William Wells is being challenged by Republican Herb Ohliger.

The balance of the open township seats are: Ward 4, David Calabria (D); Ward 6, David Jason (R); Ward 8, Pat Caruso (D); and Ward 9, Donald Giudici (D).

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or

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