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Democrats pick Schultz to run against Cardiff for 2-year Trafford seat

| Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Trafford Democrats have chosen a sitting councilman to run against a political newcomer in a campaign for a two-year seat on council.

The Democrats' selection of Henry Schultz means he will appear twice on the Nov. 5 ballot — as Republican Kris Cardiff's opponent for the two-year seat and as one of five candidates seeking the four open four-year seats.

Schultz and Cardiff will square off to serve the final two years of a four-year term originally won by Frank Bruno, who resigned in February. Council appointed Jay Race — who is seeking a four-year term — to fill the seat through the end of the year.

Mary Dobos, a Trafford Democratic committeewoman, did not return messages requesting comment about the party's appointment. Schultz also did not return respond to requests for comment this story.

Cardiff, 36, is a 12-year borough resident who is the director of marketing and procurement for Quality Aviation Instruments Inc. in McKeesport. He considers himself a lifelong Trafford-area resident because he grew up in a section of North Huntingdon Township, near the Trafford Sportsmen's Club, that is close to the borough's border.

Among Cardiff's issues are improving the borough's communications with residents through its website and creating more pride in the town to encourage more people to be involved in the community.

He also wants to try to aid in the enticement of more businesses downtown, saying Trafford could be more like Irwin.

“We're on a main artery between the two counties, so why can't we bring in more businesses, too?” Cardiff said. “I think we can.”

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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