2 seek office as write-ins
Two write-in candidates will be running for local offices in Tuesday's general election.
They are Soni Shaner Mancuso of Dunbar Township and Blaine Brooks of Connellsville.
Running for the position of District Judge in District 14-6-03, Shaner Mancuso gained support in May's primary election, but fell short by four votes to Richard Kasunic II.
“My platform and values remain the same, I believe in utilizing the programs already established for substance abuse, mental health illness, employment and education to reduce recidivism and our tax dollars spent to arrest, prosecute and incarcerate re-offenders,” she said.
Shaner Mancuso earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from Ohio State University and has spent 10 years working as a mental health therapist and substance abuse counselor.
She resides in Dunbar Township with her husband Daniel, and her three sons, Shane, Luke and West. She is a member of Juniata United Methodist Church serving as secretary of the board, Sunday school teacher and assistant.
She will face Kasunic II, who is running on both the Democratic and Republican tickets.
Brooks, 26, is campaigning for city controller in Connellsville.
A local businessman, Brooks said he deals with the public every day and running for controller will give him an opportunity to be more involved and see how the city government works and to serve the community that supports him and his families' businesses.
In 2010, Brooks started his position of maintenance supervisor and director of cremations services at Green Ridge Memorial Park & Crematory.
He is a member of the Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Department, having served as secretary and is serving as vice president in his second term. He holds memberships in the Slovak Club, Knights of Columbus and Moose. He attends St. Rita Roman Catholic Church, where he has served at an usher and helps with electrical work for the annual street fair. Also, he is a member of the “Believe in Connellsville” group. Recently, he refurbished the original bronze plaque at the Wills Road entrance at East Park.
Brooks resides in Connellsville with wife, Amber.
A son of Rick and Janine Brooks of Connellsville, he is a graduate of Geibel Catholic High School Class of 2005 and attended four years at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus.
There are no listed candidates running on either ticket for Connellsville city controller.
Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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