Longtime Duquesne mayor to be back on ballot in fall
In Duquesne, incumbent Mayor Phil Krivacek was easily able to reserve his place on November's ballot, beating a challenge from Burton Comensky in the Democratic primary.
According to complete but unofficial returns from the Allegheny County Elections Division, Krivacek received 364 votes to 174 for Comensky.
Krivacek, who has been mayor for 14 years, said he sought re-election because of his experience.
“We've worked very hard to make things work in this city,” Krivacek said at a celebration party on Tuesday night at the Croatian Club. “I'm happy the people put me back in.”
The mayor's wife, Marion Krivacek, said she really didn't want her husband to run again.
“I wanted him for myself,” she said, noting that they have been married for 36 years. “But I see how dedicated he is and I knew that in his heart he wanted to run so I gave him the OK.”
The mayor said that if he is re-elected in the fall he will continue with commitments to making improvements to the Grant Avenue corridor entering the city, road repairs and demolishing dilapidated buildings.
Comensky said he'd expected a closer race.
Comensky said temperatures that reached the 90s on Tuesday may have kept some of his supporters away from polling places. He said he in fact told his volunteers to stay home because of the hot weather.
He also said he might have done better if he'd mounted a strong phone campaign.
Comensky said he may run again. He has two more years to serve on his term on Duquesne City school board.
There were nine Democratic write-in votes for mayor. There were no Republican mayoral candidates.
Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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