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Former supervisor tops vote-getters in West Deer

| Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011

An incumbent, a former supervisor and two newcomers were the lead vote-getters in a closely contested race for West Deer supervisor.

Former Supervisor Richard DiSanti, a Democrat, won a third term in office and the most votes in the race at 1,132, according to unofficial election results late Tuesday. Incumbent Tracy Alan Adamik, also a Democrat, came in second with 1,042 votes.

Republican newcomers Gerry Vaerewyck, who unsuccessfully ran against state Rep. Frank Dermody last year, and Lawrence McManus rounded out the winners' bracket with 1,038 and 957 votes, respectively.

The remaining four candidates who did not win a seat on the board were: Republicans Bronco Brnardic with 932 votes and Richard Bossart Jr. at 924; and Democrats Michael Sutter, 898, and James Smullin, 823.

The majority of candidates said improving township roads were among their top priorities.

Here are the results of some of the other main supervisor races in the Alle-Kiski Valley, according to unofficial results:

Allegheny Township

Republican challenger John Rennick "Ren" Steele unseated incumbent Supervisor Doug Custer, a Democrat.

Steele, a retired teacher and co-director of the township-based Freeport Theatre Festival, received 688 votes compared to Custer's 412 votes.

Steele said he will focus on encouraging responsible growth and improving infrastructure in Allegheny Township.

Buffalo Township

Both political newcomer Matthew Sweeny and incumbent Gregory Furer will be supervisors next year.

Sweeny, a Republican who works in sales, was the lead vote-getter with 702 votes. Furer, also a Republican who has served one term in office, came in second with 557 votes.

Charles Garia, the lone Democrat on the ballot, trailed with 512 votes.

Clinton Township

Incumbent Supervisor James Halstead will serve a fourth term in office.

Halstead, a Republican, received 420 votes compared to the 291 earned by challenger Art Biernesser, a Republican who appeared on the Democratic ballot.

Between his 12 years in office and his position as township roadmaster, Halstead touted his political and community experience as benefits to the community.

Upper Burrell

Newcomer Allen Uhler unseated incumbent Thomas Baker for township supervisor.

Uhler, a Democrat, gathered 280 votes compared to 217 earned by Baker, a Republican who has served one term in office.

Upper Burrell's oversight of Marcellus shale natural gas drilling was a key issue. Uhler said he'd like the township to have stronger regulations in place.

Washington Township

Incumbent Richard Gardner easily reclaimed a third term as supervisor.

At 703 votes, the two-term Republican earned double the number of votes received by his Democrat challenger, Fred Schiffer, who had 348 votes.

Gardner was challenged during the primary election by several candidates who opposed the township's sewerage expansion work, but Schiffer said he supported those projects.

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