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Erosenko faces primary challenge for Monroeville mayor candidacy, Erb runs unopposed

| Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 8:39 p.m.
Bernhard Erb
Monroeville Mayor Greg Erosenko

In the race for mayor of Monroeville, the incumbent is facing a primary challenge for the Democratic party nomination, while a Republican is running unopposed for his party nomination in the May 21 primary.

Incumbent Greg Erosenko faces a challenge from Janice Olszewski this month. Barring a well-orchestrated write-in campaign for the Republican nomination, the winner of that race will face Republican Bernhard Erb in the Nov. 5 general election. The winner will take office in January of 2014.

Greg Erosenko

Party: Democrat

Age: 60

Political experience: Current mayor of Monroeville, a position he has held for five years; previously served as a member of the Monroeville Zoning Board for 10 years; four-year member of Gateway School Board; 15 years as a member of the Monroeville Democratic Party.

Job: Director of operations for the Forza Group in Bridgeville

Community involvement: U.S. Air Force, American Legion member and volunteer

Education: Certified as labor management specialist after four years of labor studies at the former George Meany School of Labor Studies in Maryland and King's College in Wilkes-Barre

Family: Wife, Holly; and children, David, Michael and Kristen; and one grandson, Camden

Erosenko said he wants to maintain and improve the success of Monroeville in areas of communication with residents, the municipality's relationship with the business community and the preservation of all of the municipal services.

A strict budget and tailored timeline for the communities is also a priority, he said.

“Concerning the neighborhoods, I need to work with each of the seven council members to determine the needs on what issues their wards are dealing with,” he said.

Janice Olszewski

Party: Democrat

Age: 65

Political experience: Member of Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments — Uniform Construction Code Board of Appeals; member of Monroeville Democratic Committee

Job: Appraisal supervisor for an acquisition company, qualified as an expert witness in the court of Common Pleas in 11 counties

Community involvement: St. Bernadette Parish

Education: Pennsylvania-certified general appraiser/commercial-industrial; master's degree in engineering from University of Pittsburgh

Family: Not available

In challenging the incumbent mayor, Olszewski said she hopes to be an independent voice for the people. If elected, she said, her first duty would be “to bring respect and professionalism back to the mayor's office at every function or event in which the mayor participates.”

“I have been a people's advocate on various issues for many years,” said Olszewski, noting that she has appeared before the council and the planning and zoning boards on several occasions.

Bernhard Erb

Party: Republican

Age: 49

Political experience: Member of Monroeville Council since 2010.

Job: District administrator for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, founding executive for Sagamore Group Inc. in Rhode Island.

Community involvement: Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scout Troop 184, Infragard; as a council member – library board liaison, Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments, Monroeville Foundation.

Education: Bachelor's degree in political economics from Marist College in New York state, master's of business administration from the University of Pittsburgh

Family: Wife and two children

Erb, a current Monroeville councilman, said he thinks he has an obligation to the community and to the residents who urged him to run.

“The present and the future can be shaped by decency and a positive view of the opportunities before us,” said Erb, mentioning opportunities that gas drilling could bring and some issues with the budget that need to be handled. “Only a mayor that unifies members while encouraging debate can get these dealt with.”

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