Two newcomers set to join Trafford Council
By Chris Foreman
Published: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, 11:51 p.m.
The two incoming Trafford councilmen say they want to improve the borough government's bond with residents.
Political newcomers Peter J. Ledwich, a Democrat, and Kris Cardiff, a Republican, will be sworn in as borough councilmen in January after winning seats in the general election last week, according to unofficial results from Westmoreland and Allegheny counties.
In all, five seats on the seven-member council were on the ballot. Ledwich, 29, finished second in the six-person field for one of the quartet of four-year seats. Cardiff, 36, won a two-year seat by beating incumbent Councilman Henry Schultz, who also received the fewest votes for a four-year seat.
Incumbent Democrats Casey Shoub and John “Jay” Race and Republican Richard Laird also won four-year terms. While both Shoub and Laird have a decade's worth of experience on council, Race joined the board as an appointee in February.
In the mayor's race, incumbent Rey Peduzzi, a Republican, defeated Democrat Mary Dobos, a former mayor, 61 percent to 39 percent.
“I'm sure they're all going to work hard for the community, and I'm looking forward to working with them,” said Ledwich, who has been chairman of the Trafford Planning Commission.
Ledwich said he wants to work to make borough government more transparent, including posting Trafford's budget online for residents to view. As a new official, he said he concedes he won't know the answer to every resident's questions, but he'll work hard to learn about an issue and try to address it.
Cardiff, received nearly 69 percent of the 596 votes cast in his race. He said he always has started researching how to restart the borough's crime watch and wants to involve residents in the effort.
“My ultimate goal is to make those council meetings standing-room-only, to have people involved again,” Cardiff said.
He also said he enjoyed going door-to-door in the weeks before the election to meet residents and intends to make a similar effort again in the spring.
“I didn't just want you to give me your vote,” Cardiff said. “I want you to know that I'm here, and I want that connection.”
Shoub led all of the council candidates in either race with 438 votes, followed by Ledwich with 417. Laird received 329 and Race got 328.
Brian Ellicker, a Republican whose name remained on the ballot despite withdrawing from the race, received one more vote than Schultz's total of 267 in the four-year race.
Schultz did not return a message requesting comment about the results.
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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