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By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Friday, March 15, 2013, 4:21 p.m.

Last week was the deadline for Westmoreland County residents to file petitions to campaign for their party's nomination for local office. This year, the May 21 primary has three contested local races.

This list is unofficial, and candidates have until March 27 to withdraw their petition.

Petitions, which must have 10 signatures from registered members of the political party, are not official until the Westmoreland County Bureau of Elections verifies the list.

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Eight residents have filed for the party nominations for four open seats, each with a four-year term. All candidates are cross-filed, meaning they will appear on both the Republican and Democrat ballots.

The candidates are incumbents Kimberly Bondi, Dennis Irvine and Paul A. Scheinert, and newcomers George Harding, Susan Ilgenfritz, Gregg Neavin, Jeremy Samek and Bobbi Watt-Geer.

Missing from that list is incumbent school board Vice President Joe Seymour.


Only three people are seeking party nominations for four open council seats, which leaves open room for up to five write-in candidates to win party nominations.

Republican incumbents James Bortz III and Andrew Shissler are joined by newcomer Debra Jobe seeking nominations for the four-year terms. No Democrats filed.

Councilwoman Cindy Osier and newly-appointed councilman Clint McCutcheon did not file petitions.

Incumbent Mayor Gill Sanchez, a Republican, is the only person to file for nomination for a four-year term as mayor.


Two Democrats have filed for a four-year term as mayor: incumbent Michael W. Calder and former Mayor Bob Campagna. Calder defeated Campagna in 2009. Campagna had an unsuccessful bid for council in 2011.

Four seats are open on council, each for four-year terms.

Four Democrats are seeking their party's nomination for council: Barry L. Delission, K. Melanie Litz, James A. Mahinske and Stanley A. Mahinske. One Republican, Clayton Soles, filed.


Incumbent Mayor Bob Brooks, a Republican, is the only person to file for a two-year term as Murrysville mayor this year.

Four seats are open on Murrysville Council, each for four-year terms. Five Republicans are seeking a nomination: Theresa Gildenmeister, Loreen Kase, Joan C. Kearns, Jeffrey Kepler and David Perry. No Democrats filed.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or

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