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Three incumbents, newcomer win Belle Vernon Area School Board seats

| Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, 2:26 a.m.

Three incumbents were re-elected to the Belle Vernon Area School Board on Tuesday.

A fourth seat will be filled by a newcomer. That seat was up for grabs after board President Dale Patterson did not to seek re-election.

Edward Naylor (1,822 votes), Joe Grata (1,676), and Aaron J. Bialon (1,601) were re-elected. Naylor and Bialon had cross-filed as Democrats and Republicans.

Ronald C. Sotta, with 1,384 votes, will fill the open seat.

All vote totals reported Tuesday are unofficial pending certification by the respective counties.

The four led Republican challengers Joel C. Whiteko (1,210) and Marcey Moore (1,039).

Here's a rundown of other school board races, based on unofficial county by county results:

Allegheny CountyElizabeth Forward

Dorothy A. Wycoff, Francis Joseph Posa, Scott A. McVicker, and Republican Jamie O. Evans were elected to fill four open seats on the Elizabeth Forward school board.

Wycoff, Posa, and McVicker won Democratic and Republican nominations in the May primary election. Democrat Mary Scarry received 1,381 unofficial votes in a losing effort.

Fayette CountyFrazier

Three candidates who won Democratic and Republican nominations were elected to the Frazier School board: Kevin Brown (1,010), Thomas Shetterly (947), and Deborah Vargo Alekson (863).

Alekson and Shetterly are incumbents. A fourth seat will be filled by Democratic incumbent David Simmons, who received 720 votes. Republican challenger Francy Angelo received 480 votes in defeat.

Washington CountyCalifornia Area

Darra Tyler Owens (445) and Amy Todd (440) defeated Karin Miller Watson (351) for two Region I seats on the California Area School Board.

Charleroi Area

Incumbents Ken Wiltz and Rosalie Carroll will be joined on the school board by two newcomers, Joseph Caruso and Barbara Pepper.

Board member Patsy Laskey Brinker lost in the primary election.

Ringgold

The Ringgold School Board will be called upon to fill a seat.

Democrat Larry Mauro, the lone supporter of a former plan to renovate the former Donora and Monongahela elementary centers, won re-election for an at-large seat.

He defeated Republican challenger Jason Gerard by a slim 20-vote margin, 2,068-2,048 for the at-large seat. Mauro also defeated Don Bartoe for a Region 1 seat.

Sherrie Crawley Garrie, Chris Carroll and William Stein ran unopposed for three at-large seats. Carol Flament and Maureen Ott were unopposed for re-election.

Bentworth

Five people vied for four seats on the Bentworth School Board.

Winning seats were Lisa Bashioum (823 votes), Judith McCarty (706), John M. Petrisek (700) and Elizabeth Bellicini (603). David Atkinson, a Republican, received 403 votes in a losing effort.

Westmoreland CountyMonessen

Roberta Bergstedt, Cheryl Galilei, Maria Scuteri and Donna G. Fantauzzi ran unopposed for four seats on the Monessen School Board.

Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at jsellew@tribweb.com or 724-684-2667.

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