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Some area races lack candidates

| Thursday, March 28, 2013, 12:41 a.m.

Do you reside in Allenport and want to be mayor?

Are you a Cokeburg resident thinking about giving the office of mayor a whirl?

If so, all you need to do to collect a nomination apparently is to write your name in on the May 21 ballot, and get a few of your friends and family members to do the same.

Both mayoral offices are on the primary election ballot. But no candidates have filed on either the Democratic or Republican party tickets for the respective offices.

However, some candidates cannot get enough of campaigning and quests for local office. Charleroi Mayor Nancy Ellis and the man she beat four years ago, Frank Paterra, are both running for that post – and for borough council.

Both filed as Democrats.

Paterra did Ellis one better, seeking a “trifecta” of local offices by running for Charleroi Area School Board.

Paterra is running as a Democrat for the borough offices after being elected as a Republican in 2005.

New Eagle Mayor Glenn Petticord is also seeking re-election – as well as a four-year seat on council.

A large battle is set for Charleroi council, where nine candidates are vying for four seats. That heavy ballot comes as longtime council President Mark Alterici and councilman Walt Stelma – who was elected to a two-year seat in 2011 – are not seeking re-election.

Joining Paterra and Ellis on the council ballot are incumbents Terrence M. Newstrom and Paul Pivovarnik as well as Bob Arthurs, Tom Dubreucq, Deborah L. Kruell-Buck, Larry M. Celaschi and Edward M. Bryner.

Modest council races are brewing in Donora, New Eagle and Stockdale.

But there are not enough candidates on the ballot to fill council vacancies in Allenport, Cokeburg, Dunlevy and Roscoe.

Several incumbent mayors are unopposed for four-year terms – Tom Brown in Bentleyville, John Lignelli in Donora, J. Ross Landman in Dunlevy, Frankie J. Kennedy in Elco, Joseph Daniel Kudlac in Ellsworth, Michael M. Kutsek in Finleyville, Joseph DeBlassio Jr. in Long Branch, Thomas Wilkinson in Roscoe, William Lee in Speers, Barbara Timlin in Stockdale and Amanda J. Minardi in Twilight.

California Mayor Casey Durdines, North Charleroi Mayor Lee Hall and Fallowfield Township Supervisor Olga Woodward are not seeking re-election. Walter Weld in California and Stephen B. Hega Jr. in North Charleroi are unopposed on mayoral ballots.

Former supervisor Donn Henderson is joined on the ballot by Bruce C. Smith and Ron Large for the lone supervisor position in Fallowfield Township.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or cbuckley@tribweb.com.

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