DA Peck virtually assured of securing a fourth term
By Rich Cholodofsky
Published: Friday, May 29, 2009
District Attorney John Peck has won the write-in vote on the Republican ballot and is now virtually assured of securing a fourth term in office this fall.
Greensburg lawyer Jim Antoniono on Wednesday conceded the race after county election officials released early write-in totals that gave Peck the edge for the GOP nomination by more than 200 votes.
"It was close, but I came up just a little short," Antoniono said.
Peck easily won last week's Democratic primary by more than 6,400 votes — more than 60 percent of the total. Both Democratic candidates waged write-in campaigns to seek the Republican nomination. There was no Republican candidate.
Nearly 2,500 GOP write-in votes were counted last week. Unofficial results released yesterday gave 1,272 to Peck and 1,063 to Antoniono.
Election Bureau Director Jim Montini said it will be several weeks before the results are certified as official.
Peck, 61, of New Kensington, was grateful for the bipartisan support, which he said reflected public satisfaction with his job performance during the last 14 years.
During the campaign Antoniono, 63, claimed Peck spent too much time personally prosecuting cases and not enough paying attention to community outreach.
Peck said those complaints were unwarranted.
"There has always been outreach by the District Attorney's Office to the community. We appear frequently at schools," Peck said. "I think it is an important part of leadership that the district attorney tries all manner of cases, including the most difficult cases."
Antoniono, who has a predominantly civil law practice, pledged during the campaign that he would not personally try cases.
During his concession call to Peck, Antoniono said, he told the incumbent that he hopes some of his criticisms of the office, especially his call for more drug education in local schools, would be addressed.
"We really need to get out there into the schools and talk about this issue," Antoniono said.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Garden Q&A: Firecracker vine OK for trellis?
- Matt Calvert’s goal in double OT evens series for Blue Jackets
- Kovacevic: Panic over Pirates? In April?
- Pens insider: Penalty killing a concern in Stanley Cup playoffs
- Patience pays off as starting pitcher Volquez gets 1st win for Pirates
- Starkey: Penguins’ arrogance astounding
- Ex-coach set surging Power on current course
- Mail for IRS delivered to Squirrel Hill home
- Patients denied as donor organs discarded
- Area anglers recorded many top-ranked catches from 2013
- Davis embraces new opportunity with Pirates