Voters support incumbent Penn-Trafford board members
By Chris Foreman
Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 12:15 a.m.
All four incumbent Penn-Trafford School Board members appear to have won nominations on both the Democratic and Republican ballots, according to unofficial results from county election bureaus.
The results from the May 21 primary election put Marty Stovar, P. Jay Tray, Rich Niemiec and Toni Ising in position to win re-election in November unless write-in candidates emerge to challenge them. Four new four-year terms begin in December.
The vote totals in this story include the results as they were reported last week in Westmoreland and Allegheny counties. It's possible that a few more absentee ballots from service members or residents who are overseas could have trickled in by a Tuesday-afternoon deadline in Westmoreland County to affect the tightest school board race — among Republicans in Region 3. That deadline was after this paper went to press.
In Region 3, Ising edged Michael Morocco Sr. among Republicans by 218 to 216, with Tim Wilson finishing last with 116 votes.
Ising, who is in her fourth year on the board, had a more comfortable margin on the Democratic side, where her 187 votes topped Wilson's 127 and Morocco's 79.
Stovar, who was appointed to the board in January 2012, fended off former board member Sallie Bradley in Region 1. Stovar topped Bradley 323 to 115 on the Republican ballot and 319 to 202 on the Democratic side, with all precincts in Westmoreland and Allegheny counties reporting.
In Region 2, Tray and Niemiec got the two nominations for both parties over Harry A. Smith, who retired in 2011 as the district's assistant superintendent.
Tray, the board's president, led among Republicans with 283 votes, followed by Niemiec with 230 and Smith with 181. Democrats also favored Tray with 281 votes, followed by 225 for Niemiec and 163 for Smith.
A political newcomer was the top vote-getter among Democrats seeking four nominations for four-year seats on Trafford Council.
Peter J. Ledwich, with 167 votes, earned a nomination along with incumbent councilmen John “Jay” Race, 164; Henry Schultz, 155; and Casey Shoub, 135.
The fifth candidate, Cheryl Petersen, had 107 votes.
Ledwich, Race and Shoub also are in the mix to receive two write-in nominations on the Republican side, where Council President Richard Laird and emergency-management coordinator Brian Ellicker were the only candidates on the ballot.
Depending on the election bureau's interpretation of the way their names were written in, Ledwich and Race each appear to have 16 GOP nominations, and Shoub might have 15.
A candidate needs to receive at least 10 write-in votes to earn a nomination.
The Democratic and Republican committees will nominate candidates later this year to run for a two-year seat that will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot.
Though Mayor Rey Peduzzi was unopposed for the Republican nomination for re-election, a former mayor had enough write-in votes to win the Democratic nomination.
Mary Dobos received 76 write-in votes from Democrats. The next-closest write-in candidate was Ronald Garvis, who could be credited with as many as 24.
Write-in candidate Mike Matrisch had enough votes to receive Democratic and Republican nominations — and become the fourth candidate for four open Manor Council seats.
Matrisch received support from 26 Democrats and 16 Republicans. His total on the GOP side was slightly higher than the 12 voters who wrote in Keith Kitterman's name.
Three incumbent councilmen who were on the ballot — Bruce Hartman, James Morgan and Steve Ira — won Republican nominations.
No Democrats filed for positions on the ballot.
Jeremy Dixon, the only Republican who filed, also received at least 10 votes to lead write-in candidates supported by Democrat voters. Besides the 10 voters who listed his name, three others wrote in “J.R.” Dixon or “Jeremiah Dixon.”
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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