Write-in votes tighten Export mayoral race
In an impromptu rematch of the primary, Democrat Bob Campagna was holding on to a slim lead for Export mayor over a write-in campaign for the one-term incumbent, Mike Calder, according to unofficial election results Tuesday night.
Though Campagna, 74, was the only candidate on the ballot, his 90 votes were matched by 90 write-in votes, most of which appear to be for Calder.
Among those write-ins, Calder might be able to claim about 85 votes from people who showed an apparent preference for him. That total included some close misspellings of his name.
Another four people wrote in “Caulter,” “Mike Colden,” “Mike Climar” and “Michael Caldwell.” One person wrote in Andrea Britz's name. Election officials still might have absentee or military ballots to add to the vote totals before certifying a winner.
During the May primary, Campagna topped Calder for the Democratic nomination. Calder received enough write-in votes to win the Republican nod, but he later decided to withdraw his name from the ballot.
Also Tuesday, incumbent council members Barry Delissio, K. Melanie Litz and Stanley A. Mahinske and newcomer James A. Mahinske appeared to win four-year council terms.
Delissio led the field with 137 votes. Stanley Mahinske's 95 votes were 13 more than fellow councilman Clayton Soles, who finished last among the five candidates.
Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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