Malinchak seeks to retain McKeesport controller seat as independent
McKeesport's incumbent city controller will not be on the spring primary ballot, but he isn't retiring, either.
Ray Malinchak said he will run for a third term as controller as an independent, the same route he took two years ago in an unsuccessful campaign against then-Councilman Michael Cherepko for mayor.
He said at the Allegheny County Elections Division that he will run a low-budget campaign, as he did in 2011.
Malinchak's likely fall foe is Harry C. Walsh, a constable in the city's Seventh Ward and chairman of the city's redevelopment authority.
Walsh was the only filer for the job in the May 21 primary, seeking the Democratic nod Malinchak won in 2005 and 2009.
Other contests include Democratic mayoral races in the two other area third class cities. Republicans did not file for city offices in McKeesport, Duquesne or Clairton.
In Duquesne, school director Burton Comensky filed for mayor, challenging incumbent Phillip Krivacek, who will seek a fourth full term.
In Clairton, pending withdrawals by a March 27 deadline or court challenges, incumbent Richard L. Lattanzi will face Councilmen Richard L. Ford III from the city's Second Ward and Terry Lee Julian from the Third Ward, and Kenneth Barna.
Ford and Julian also seek re-election in their respective wards, with Julian facing legal secretary Lee B. Lasich.
Pending any changes, there also are contests for mayor either in May or November in 10 area boroughs.
West Mifflin may have the most wide-open council race with 13 Democrats and two Republicans for four seats, while no one is running for council in North Irwin or for the board of commissioners in South Versailles Township. McKeesport has seven Democrats seeking three council seats.
There also will be contests for magisterial district judge in the Pleasant Hills (District 5-2-15) and Elizabeth Township (District 5-2-26) areas.
Three candidates cross-filed for Democratic and Republican nods in 5-2-15, where Pat A. Capolupo is retiring.
Edward T. Snee, who retired after 33 years on the South Park Township police force, ran against Capolupo in 2007.
Guy Reschenthaler is a Jefferson Hills attorney who formerly was in the Navy Judge Advocate General Corps.
Pleasant Hills resident Sean Patrick Audley has served since 2009 on that borough's Zoning Hearing Board.
In District 5-2-26, incumbent Beth Scagline-Mills and retired Allegheny County police officer Kenneth R. Lawson, both of Forward Township, each cross-filed for that job.
McKeesport's Eugene F. Riazzi Jr. and West Mifflin's Richard D. Olasz Jr., are unopposed for re-election.
There also is a Democratic contest for Allegheny County Council in District 9 covering most of the Mon-Yough area.
Incumbent Bob Macey of West Mifflin will face former West Mifflin Councilwoman Arlene Jabbour, wife of former borough and county councilman C.L. (Jay) Jabbour.
The survivor may face Kenneth Peoples of White Oak, who is running unopposed for the Republican nod in District 9. Peoples ran for McKeesport Area school board in 2011.
Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or email@example.com.
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