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Pitcairn candidate bumped from ballot; Wilson withstands challenge

| Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A would-be candidate for Pitcairn Council was removed from the ballot last week after missing a filing deadline by one day. Meanwhile, a Monroeville Council candidate will appear on the ballot if he submits more details about his finances.

Rullo bumped

Council hopeful James Rullo, a Democrat, filed his statement of financial interest with the Allegheny County Division of Elections on time as part of the process to be on the May 21 primary ballot. But he missed the deadline to file with the borough.

Rullo said he is new to politics and was unaware of the borough deadline to file the statement of financial interest. An official with the county elections division said that Allegheny County Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph James had no choice but to remove Rullo from the ballot, based on precedent that classifies a missed deadline as a “fatal defect.”

Four seats are open on Pitcairn Council, and there now are seven candidates. Rullo's petition was challenged by incumbent Rollo Vecchio, a Democrat and a veteran of Pitcairn politics.

Wilson challenge

Monroeville Council candidate Tom Wilson, also a Democrat, will remain on the primary ballot, assuming he provides the necessary amendments to his financial-interest statement, according to an official with the county elections division.

Wilson said he unintentionally left out a few details, such as his seat on the municipal personnel board. He said he will resign from that board if he is elected. Wilson was challenged by Monroeville resident Carolyn Ramsey, a Democrat who is campaigning against Wilson for the Ward 7 party nomination.

Write-in plans

Meanwhile, Monroeville resident Frank Amato, a Republican, has announced his plans to run as a write-in candidate in Ward 1. There are no Republicans on the ballot for the Ward 1 nomination.

The top vote-getters in the primary will advance to the general election in November.

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or klawson@tribweb.com.

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