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Plum Council candidates at a glance

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, 8:09 p.m.

Michael Dell

Age: 46

Party: Republican

Education: 1985 graduate of Hampton High School; 1991 graduate of Orlando College in Florida with a bachelor's degree in management and marketing

Family: Wife and four daughters

Occupation: certified public accountant

Political experience: Plum council from 2010 to the present

Paul Dern

Age: 53

Party: Democrat

Education: 1978 graduate of Bishop Canevin High School; attended Penn State University for one year; attended Connelly Trade School; associate's degree in electrical technician course at the Dean Institute of Technology

Family: Wife, Dawn; three children

Occupation: electrician for UPMC

Political experience: Plum council from 2002-2009

Mike Doyle

Age: 48

Party: Republican

Education: 1984 graduate of Sayre High School in Sayre, Pa., 1988 graduate of King's College in Wilkes Barre, Pa., with a bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing; various professional designations

Family: Wife, Susan; two children

Occupation: vice president of Excalibur Insurance Co.

Political experience: Plum council from 2006-present

Ron Gancas

Age: 71

Party: Democrat

Education: 1959 graduate of New Kensington High School; attended Penn State University

Family: Wife, Marjorie; three children and seven grandchildren

Occupation: retired president of Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in Oakland; worked in the analytical chemistry division of Alcoa Research in New Kensington; worked as a salesman in the Pittsburgh office of Dow Chemical Co.

Political experience: Current member of Plum Borough Planning Commission

Michael Guida

Age: 22

Party: Democrat

Education: 2009 graduate of Plum High School

Family: Parents, Tony and Debbie; sister, Nicole

Occupation: Conductor for Norfolk Southern Railroad

Political experience: None

David Seitz

Age: 48

Party: Republican

Education: 1983 graduate of Bishop Canevin High School; 1987 graduate of the University of Dayton with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering; 1996 graduate of Duquesne University with a juris doctor degree

Family: Wife, Dawn; two children

Occupation: In-house counsel for Wabtec Corp.

Political experience: None

Leonard Szarmach

Age: 53

Party: Republican

Education: 1978 graduate of Plum High School; 1984 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor's degree in computer science

Family: Wife, Sandy; four children

Occupation: Shift manager at U.S. Steel Mon Valley Works Irvin plant

Political experience: Plum Council since 2010

Dave Vento

Age: 61

Party: Democrat

Education: 1970 graduate of Penn Hills High School; has taken numerous courses at Community College of Allegheny County's Boyce Campus in Monroeville

Family: Wife, Cindy; children, David, Matthew and Valerie; two grandchildren

Occupation: Foreman for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

Political experience: Plum councilman from 2000-2004 and 2006-10



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