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Council races slated in 8 Mon Yough boroughs

| Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, 2:56 a.m.

Eight Mon-Yough boroughs have contests for municipal council in Tuesday's elections.

White Oak Democratic Party officials said Fred Haynes, who calls himself the “voice of the taxpayer,” is running separately from incumbent Kenneth S. Robb, planning commissioner Anthony E. Villinger and newcomer Matthew W. Keller.

Republicans in the race are former councilman Richard Bryce, retired police sergeant Joseph Nagy, incumbent council vice president Edward Babyak and incumbent Carrie Verbanick-Noll.

In Elizabeth, incumbent V. Ann Malady and former councilman Chad Rager are joined on the Democratic slate by Charles Smith Jr. and Devie J. Rollison. Republicans on the ballot are Winona Dobrich and incumbents Larry Duvall, Robin Miller and Paula Stevens.

Port Vue has six candidates for four seats. Four are Democrats: incumbent council president Mark D. Tortorice and incumbents Frank F. Cortazzo and Doug Junecko; and former councilwoman Pamela D. Myers.

Republicans in the race are the party's Mon Valley chairman Brent E. Kovac and Mark Nemeth. Tortorice and Myers are on the GOP ticket via write-in votes.

Versailles has five candidates for four seats, with council president Linda Sheedy and incumbents Emerson Fazekas and Cheryl Flaherty on the Democratic slate, along with Lisa Fleckenstein.

Councilman Dennis B. Keefe and Fleckenstein are the Republican nominees.

Councilman Gary Roscoe, who isn't on the ballot, advertised in The Daily News for two others who would be willing to run as write-in candidates.

Former Dravosburg postmaster and emergency management coordinator John R. Palcsey won a Republican write-in nod for council. Incumbents William Snodgrass and Jay E. McKelvey won both parties' nominations, while incumbent Barbara J. Stevenson is running as a Democrat.

In Glassport, where three council seats will be decided, Elaina Skiba is on both ballots. Blaise Wojton is running as a Republican. Paul J. Trunzo and council president Eugene S. Skerkoski are running as Democrats.

There are multiple candidates in West Mifflin and West Elizabeth.

Council candidates are unopposed in Clairton, Duquesne, East McKeesport, Homestead, Irwin, Jefferson Hills, Liberty, Lincoln, McKeesport, Munhall, North Irwin, Pleasant Hills, Wall, West Homestead, Whitaker and Wilmerding.

Write-ins will be needed to fill three seats in North Irwin and one seat in Wall.

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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