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Depretis earns nomination in Baldwin Borough mayor's race

| Thursday, May 23, 2013, 10:48 a.m.

An 11-year member of Baldwin Borough council has earned his party's nomination to be the town's next mayor.

David Depretis, 55, bested four-year Baldwin Borough Council member Edward Moeller, 52, during Tuesday's primary to receive the Democratic nomination for mayor, according to unofficial results. Longtime Baldwin Borough Mayor Alexander Bennett is retiring at the end of this year, after 16 years in the position.

Depretis received 999 votes to Moeller's 832 votes, according to unofficial results.

All results are unofficial until certified by the Allegheny County Elections Division. Barring a successful write-in campaign in the fall election, Depretis will become the new mayor in January.

No one filed to run on the Republican ticket. Write-in results were not yet available. Depretis was not available for comment.

Depretis, who ran on a platform that he would bring municipal experience to the position and work closely with the police department which the mayor oversees, said he has a desire to continue serving his community.

Depretis received the endorsement of the Baldwin Borough Democratic Organization.

Moeller, a who served on the Baldwin-Whitehall School Board for four years prior to joining Baldwin Council, said he had hoped to join the strong ranks of previous Baldwin mayors.

“I always thought that the mayor was the face of the community. I wanted to have the opportunity to be that person,” he said.

Moeller, who will continue to serve on Baldwin Borough council through the end of this year, remained positive.

“There's going to be a winner and a loser,” he said. “I see this like two people trying out for the starting quarterback position for a football team. One person gets it and the other finds something else to do.”

How Moeller will continue to serve the borough after his term on council ends remains unknown, he said.

“My disappointment is all of the effort that my family and friends put into it,” Moeller said. “To myself, it's a game. They did a lot.”

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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