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Murrysville, Export, Delmont incumbents easily win endorsements

| Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 1:27 a.m.
Loren Kase
Joan Kearns
David Perry
Jeff Kepler

Some familiar faces have won party nominations to retain their seats on local councils.

Incumbents in Murrysville, Export and Delmont enjoyed strong support in Tuesday's primary election.

In Murrysville, incumbents Joan Kearns, Jeff Kepler and Dave Perry will be joined by newcomer Loren Case on the Republican ballot for council. Perry received the most votes, with 1,071.

Newcomer Teresa Gildemeister did not garner enough votes for her party's nomination, losing to Kase by six votes.

No Democrats ran for Murrysville Council. Incumbent Ron Summerhill did not seek re-election.

In Export, incumbents Barry Delissio, Melanie Litz and Stanley “Bucky” Mahinske received the Democratic nominations, along with newcomer James Mahinske. Delissio, who serves as council president, received the most votes, with 77. Incumbent Clayton Soles received the lone Republican nomination.

In Delmont, incumbent Councilmen Jim Bortz and Andrew Shissler received Republican nominations, as did newcomer Debra Jobe, who received the most votes of any candidate with 116.

Carl Boyd received 79 write-in votes to receive the final Republican nomination.

Boyd also is the only candidate to garner enough write-in votes to receive the Democratic nomination with 52. According to voter records, Boyd is 69.

Delmont Mayor Gil Sanchez was unopposed in the primary. Sanchez received 128 votes on the Republican ballot.

In Murrysville, incumbent Mayor Bob Brooks received the Republican nomination for mayor. He was unopposed as a Republican and no one sought the seat on the Democratic ballot.

All results are unofficial until certified by the Westmoreland County Bureau of Elections.

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

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