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Macey takes Democratic nomination for Allegheny County Council seat

| Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 5:11 a.m.
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George Lavra of West Mifflin shares a light-hearted moment with C.L. (Jay) and Arlene Jabbour outside a polling place at Emerson Elementary School. Jay Jabbour was seeking a return to borough council in Tuesday's Democratic primary while his wife challenged Allegheny County Councilman Robert Macey for the Democratic nod in council District 9.
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At an election night gathering at the Mifflin Social Club, Diana Olasz keeps a tally on West Mifflin Democratic primary contests, including local results in the Allegheny County Council District 9 race between incumbent Bob Macey and challenger Arlene Jabbour.
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Magisterial District Judge Richard D. Olasz Jr. reports poll numbers to Cathy Mihalek during Tuesday night's West Mifflin Democratic Committee party at Mifflin Social Club. The judge was unopposed for renomination in both party primaries in the district covering West Mifflin, Whitaker and Dravosburg.
With Cathy Mihalek and Deb Maxwell at his side, Bob Macey checks the final tally of poll numbers in West Mifflin, one of the communities in Allegheny County Council District 9 where Macey has been the incumbent for seven years and will be the Democratic nominee for a second full term in the fall.
Former West Mifflin Area school director Ed Schueler congratulates Allegheny County Councilman Bob Macey on winning the Democratic nomination for a second full term from Council District 9. Macey will face Republican Ken Peoples of White Oak in the fall.

Allegheny County Councilman Bob Macey turned back fellow West Mifflin resident Arlene Jabbour in Tuesday's Democratic primary in Council District 9.

“I will continue to work for prosperity, economic development and jobs in the Mon Valley,” said Macey, 64, who received 5,481 votes to 3,220 for Jabbour, 62, according to complete but unofficial returns from the county's elections division.

Jabbour declined comment but her husband, former borough and county councilman C.L. “Jay” Jabbour, said, “It was a good race. She did everything she could.”

Jabbour campaigned alongside his wife, seeking a return to West Mifflin council in the Democratic primary.

He finished fifth, behind incumbents Michael J. Olack and Scott Stephenson, self-employed resident Joyce Steiner Kushner and returning candidate Dan Davis in an 11-candidate field.

Macey will face White Oak Republican chairman Ken Peoples, 41, who was unopposed for his party's nod in a district extending from North Versailles Township to Elizabeth Township.

“We have to focus on what is best for the Mon Valley and Allegheny County,” Peoples said. “We have to focus on the issues that affect us financially, that affect our property values.”

Peoples, who has worked in real estate and as a first responder over the past two decades, takes on Macey, a former steelworker who became an executive at Century Heritage Federal Credit Union.

The White Oak Republican said there is a need to promote the county “and make it affordable for all who come to visit or to make it their home.

“It is clear to me that the people are looking for a different leader to represent them in county government,” Peoples said. “The days of wasteful spending and mismanagement will be coming to an end in the near future, (replaced) by creativity and a new way of thinking.”

Macey said he looks forward to the challenge. “I'll match my leadership skills, my experience and background with my opponent,” he said.

District 9 offers one of two county council contests this fall in the Mon-Yough area.

In District 8, extending locally from Whitaker to Wall, council president Chuck Martoni, D-Swissvale, will face former Plum GOP chairman Dave Majernik.

Both were unopposed in their respective Tuesday primaries.

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

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