Longtime Whitehall councilman loses re-election bid
By Stephanie Hacke
Published: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
A 17-year incumbent on Whitehall Council was ousted Tuesday by a newcomer with a diverse political history.
Whitehall Council President Glenn Nagy, 58, a Democrat, lost his bit for re-election in a tightly-contested race for one of four open four-year seats, according to unofficial results.
Ryan Barton, 30, a Republican, once served as a legislative director for the state House of Representatives and worked for former U.S. senator Arlen Specter. However, he had never held political office.
“I feel very honored,” Barton said Wednesday. “I look forward to working with the residents of Whitehall to create a better future.”
He won his first term on Whitehall Council, receiving 15 percent of the votes. Nagy received 14 percent.
Nagy said he called Barton at 11 p.m. Tuesday night to congratulate him on the victory.
“I appreciate all of the effort that he put into this.... Sometimes it comes down to a vote here or there,” said Nagy, who lost by about 25 votes. “I'm proud of everything that I've done in my time on council.”
The Allegheny County Board of Elections will certify the results. Absentee ballots, once counted, could change the final numbers.
Council incumbent Kathy DePuy, a Democrat and longterm councilwoman, was the top vote-getter and won re-election with 15 percent of the votes. Also winning re-election were council members and both Republicans Bill Veith and Linda Book. Veith received 15 percent of the vote; Book, 14 percent.
Barton said his strategy was a door-to-door campaign, where he heard residents wants for the borough.
“They gave me an overwhelming message that they wanted their taxes lowered and that they believe it's time for new leadership with new ideas,” said Barton, whose father, David Barton is the district magistrate for Whitehall, Baldwin Township and Castle Shannon and was a longterm Whitehall councilman.
Barton said his plan is to provide tax relief in Whitehall — looking to lower the borough's millage — and find a way to balance the budget.
Nagy was an asset to Whitehall Council and will be missed, Barton said.
For Nagy, the best part of the last 17 years that her served on Whitehall Council was the “pleasant and cooperative effort that everyone on council puts in,” he said. “I like to think that egos are checked at the door and that everyone here does what they think is best (for Whitehall Borough).”
Republican candidate Chris A. Mooney and Democrats Bill Gazica and Paul Parker did not secure enough votes.
Baldwin Borough Mayor
An 11-year Baldwin Borough councilman will become the town's next mayor, after a win Tuesday night.
Baldwin Council President David Depretis, a Democrat, secured the four-year Baldwin mayoral seat with 58 percent of the votes, beating out former Councilman Ed Moeller, who received 41 percent.
Depretis, who received an endorsement from the Baldwin Borough Democratic Committee, won the Democratic nomination in May. Moeller, a Democrat, won the Republican write-in vote in May to appear on the ballot Tuesday.
Mayor Alexander Bennett is retiring at the end of this year after serving 16 years as Baldwin's lead man.
“I'm excited. I'm ready for the new opportunity,” Depretis said. “I want to continue to do what's right for our community. That's what I've always done.”
Depretis, who has served on Baldwin council since 2002, has two year's left on his term on Baldwin Council and said he plans to resign that post to take his on his new role.
Baldwin Borough Council
Two Baldwin Borough Council incumbents who failed to secure their party's nomination in the May primary were ousted from their seats.
Four-year council members Robert “Bob” Collet and Larry Brown, both Democrats who received enough Republican write-in votes during the May primary to appear on Tuesday's ballot, failed to get enough votes for re-election.
“We gave it our best shot that we were capable of giving and we just came up short,” Collet said.
Winning the four open, four-year seats on Baldwin Borough Council were all Democrats, including Baldwin-Whitehall School Board member Kevin Fischer, with 21 percent of the votes; incumbent John Conley, with 21 percent of the votes; incumbent Michael Ducker with 17 percent and Francis J. Scott with 17 percent.
Collet received 12 percent of the vote; Brown received 12 percent.
“I do appreciate the people of Baldwin Borough accepting me on council from school board,” said Fischer, 51, who has served on the Baldwin-Whitehall School Board since 2003 and plans to resign his post on the school board to take a seat on council. His term on the school board goes two more years.
“I hope to continue to do what the people want me to do,” Fischer said. “We certainly have challenges, but I think that we have a good group to handle the situations.”
Fischer said there are “issues of the day” in Baldwin that seem to need addressed, many of which go back to the budget. Looking at how the borough spends its money, then, is key, he said.
Incumbents ruled on Brentwood Council on Tuesday, where Democrats Rich Schubert, John Frombach and Elizabeth Ann Schade were re-elected to serve a four-year term on council.
Newcomer Dean Trent, a Republican, will join them on one of the four open four-year seats for Brentwood Council, receiving 17 percent of the vote.
Schubert received 20 percent; Frombach, 16 percent and Schade, 16 percent of the vote.
They bested Republican candidate Stephanie Fox, who received 15 percent of the vote, and Democrat Jayson Livingston, who received 15 percent.
Baldwin Township Commissioner
Incumbents Eileen Frisoli and John Michael Paravati won another four-year term on the Baldwin Township board of commissioners Tuesday.
Frisoli, a Democrat and commission president, received 35 percent of the vote, while Paravati, a Republican, received 24 percent of the vote.
They beat out challengers Cheryl K. Schuler, a Democrat, and John N. Allen, a Republican. Frisoli, who has served on the board of commissioners for more than eight years, ran on a platform that she was seeking to continue a “great working relationship” between township officials, staff members and residents and looking to restore more community events in the one-square-mile town.
Paravati, a four-year commissioner, said he aims to maintain and enhance Baldwin Township.
Baldwin Township Tax Collector
Baldwin Township incumbent tax collector Marilyn Wagner, a Republican, won another term overseeing the tax bills.
She received 72 percent of the votes, topping challenger Anthony Frisoli, a Democrat.
Pleasant Hills tax collector
Republican Linda Fancsali will serve as Pleasant Hills' tax collector for the next four years after receiving 60 percent of the vote Tuesday.
She beat out Democratic candidate Sandra Pikula for the position.
Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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