Stevick challenges McCreary for party nomination in Pitcairn mayoral race

| Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 8:33 p.m.

The race for mayor in Pitcairn pits two longtime residents and contributors to the community, and both have mayoral experience. Incumbent Jock McCreary and former Mayor Betsy Stevick are vying for the Democratic nomination in the May 21 primary. The nominee will advance to the general election Nov. 5.

No one has filed for the Republican nomination. People can seek the Republican nomination via write-in votes.

John “Jock” McCreary

Age: 64

Political experience: Incumbent in his first term as Pitcairn mayor

Job: Former Pitcairn police officer

Community Involvement: Life member of Pitcairn Volunteer Fire Company No. 2, life member of Pitcairn Camp “B” and a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Education: Associate' degree in Criminal Justice from Community College of Allegheny County, bachelor's of science in Human Resources Management at Geneva College in Beaver County

Family: Widower

Incumbent John “Jock” McCreary said that before he was elected as mayor, the borough suffered because too many police chiefs came and went under the previous administration. He has leant stability to the department, he said.

“I sought the mayor's position because the Pitcairn police needed to be stabilized, not micromanaged,” McCreary said. “Public safety is paramount to me and an obligation to the residents of Pitcairn. We now have a proactive police department.”

Margaret “Betsy” Stevick

Age: 73

Political experience: Former Pitcairn mayor, having served for 20 years

Job: Retired teacher

Community involvement: Past Pitcairn Citizen of the Year, past president of the Pitcairn High School Alumni Association, past president of Allegheny County Mayors Association, member of Pitcairn Lions Club, treasurer of Pitcairn Civic Association, Pennsylvania State Mayors Association, secretary for Pitcairn Parks and Recreation, organizer of fundraiser for Susquehanna Service Dogs, Linus Project and Friends of Flight 93 ambassador for visitors to the memorial

Education: Graduate of the former Pitcairn High School, bachelor's degree in home economics from Juniata College and a master's degree in teaching from the University of Pittsburgh

Family: Daughter and three grandchildren

As the former mayor of Pitcairn, Stevick said she is familiar with the borough, its people and their concerns.

“I have always been available to listen to and address concerns of residents.”

Stevick said that issues affecting property values and public safety in Pitcairn can be solved through enforcement.

“By being more diligent in enforcing current ordinances, we can address and resolve obvious existing problems,” she said.

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

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