ShareThis Page

3 seek to unseat incumbent in North Versailles Township

| Saturday, May 18, 2013, 12:06 a.m.

A former commissioner, a former East Allegheny school director and a former social worker want to unseat the North Versailles Township Ward 6 commissioner.

“I did the job,” said Arthur (Art) Marra, 64, who unseated Kash Snyder in the spring Democratic primary in 2009, then turned back Snyder's write-ins that fall. “I actually fulfilled every issue in my campaign.”

In a nutshell, Marra said he wanted to make the township as fiscally healthy as his business has been for 46 years.

By the end of his second year on the board, Marra said, “We owed nothing, not a penny.”

Making bids on the Democratic ballot to unseat Marra are Snyder, former school director Vince Paradine and retired Turtle Creek Valley Mental Health research coordinator Judy A. Slater.

No Republican filed in Ward 6.

“Experience and cooperation are what are going to move us forward in the next four years,” Snyder, 43, said, pledging to make “efficiency and local government synonymous” if he is elected.

“My financial background is an asset and I think it proved to be an asset the first time around,” Snyder said. “I want things to be done right and for the money to be well spent.”

Snyder recalled when state Rep. Joseph Markosek, D-Monroeville, helped the township find a $10,000 state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant for a basketball court project at Fairhaven Park.

“I donated the rims, the backboards and the hoops,” Snyder recalled, crediting township police and road crews for their roles.

“I would say in the past 15 years, maybe 20, I have not seen any of my tax dollars benefit me or the community,” said Slater, 63, who has lived in North Versailles since 1977 and raised two children who now live and work in the township.

“We had so many parks for our kids, and playgrounds, there was so much for our kids to do,” Slater said. “We have nothing now but two small fields.”

She earned an associate degree in science and information processing at Community College of Allegheny County South Campus and a bachelor's degree in social work and family counseling from California University of Pennsylvania.

She worked in intensive care management for old Mon Yough MH/MR, now Mon Yough Community Services, and was a research coordinator for the mental services unit in Turtle Creek Valley MH/MR.

Paradine, 65, has the Democratic committee endorsement.

“You have old-school people who still believe in the endorsement,” Paradine said. “I believe in the endorsement process, that is why I asked for it.”

He first was elected to the school board when his son was in kindergarten and served until 2007 when he was replaced by Dr. Fred Miller.

“I have experience in the political arena being on the school board and working on the (North Versailles Township Sanitary Authority),” Paradine said. “I know a little bit about what (Municipal Authority of the City of McKeesport) is doing raising our rates 29 percent in one year.”

Paradine favors the forensic audit sought by communities that tap in to MACM.

“I know the inner workings (of North Versailles Township government) better, I believe, than some of my opponents,” he said. “I'm not there for glory or money. I just believe things can be better without criticizing anyone else; we can do a better job as a community just by paying attention to the little things.”

A fifth candidate considered a write-in effort and posted signs near the township fire hall where Ward 6 balloting will take place.

However, former Civil Service commissioner April Martin said on Friday she decided for personal reasons not to pursue that effort, but instead to endorse Marra.

Two other commissioner posts are up for grabs in North Versailles. In both cases there are challenges in the Democratic primary while no Republicans filed.

In Ward 2 Joseph Kutch is challenging incumbent Daryl Mitchell. In Ward 4 Norman Stitt is challenging incumbent Samuel Juliano.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.