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Two residents move forward in North Irwin Council election

| Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 11:42 p.m.

Despite five vacant seats on North Irwin Council, only two residents received enough write-in votes to appear on the November 5 general election ballot.

North Irwin resident Mike Schade received 11 Republican write-in votes and 17 Democratic write-in votes in Tuesday's primary, while incumbent John McIntyre received 12 Democratic write-in votes, according to unofficial election results.

If they accept their nominations, Schade, 33, a Democrat, will appear on both the Democratic and Republican ballot in November, while McIntyre, 51, a Democrat, will appear on the Democratic ballot.

Despite not filing for another term in office, McIntyre said he decided to run a write-in campaign when he realized nobody else was running for council.

He plans to pursue his fifth term on council in November.

A total of 33 individuals received write-in votes for four-year terms, but only Schade and McIntyre received enough to earn spots on the ballot.

According to Jim Montini, director of the Westoreland County Elections Bureau, write-in candidates need 10 votes to appear on the ballot.

Although 17 candidates received write-in votes for two-year terms on council, none received enough votes to earn a spot on the ballot.

Incumbents Ken Galley, Kim Macalus, Matt Berkhouse and Ron Rodgers did not seek re-election, though all three each received write-in votes.

Macalus received two Democratic and one Republican vote for a four-year term, and two Democratic and one Republican vote for a two-year term, according to unofficial election results.

Berkhouse received one Democratic vote for a four-year term, while Galley earned one Democratic and one Republican vote for a four-year term on council.

During the November election, voters will decide who holds four, four-year terms and two, two-year terms on council.

Although McIntyre and Schade account for two of the four year terms, the remaining seats could be filled by write-in candidates, Montini said.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626, or bpedersen@tribweb.com.

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