Run for Ligonier Township office challenged
A Ligonier Township man who wants the Republican nomination for supervisor in the May primary is scheduled for a court hearing over a claim that he cannot run because he did not meet a deadline to file necessary paperwork.
Township residents Ronald G. Matson and Gary Thistlethwaite claim that John Beaufort's petitions “are defective and must be set aside” since he did not “timely file” his statement of financial interests as required by the state Ethics Act, according to a challenge filed in Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court on Monday by attorney Michael Nestico.
Nestico claims that Beaufort “was required to complete and file a copy of the statement of financial interests with the township and “was required to do so on or before the last day for filing a petition to appear on the ‘ballot for election,' ” which was March 11.
Beaufort said he submitted his financial-interest statement to the county Election Bureau on March 11, but by the time he got to the Ligonier Township municipal building, the office was closed. Beaufort said he submitted the statement to the township the next morning.
In November, Ligonier Township voters will elect two additional supervisors; one for a five-year term and a second for a three-year term.
Last November, voters approved a ballot referendum in favor of expanding the three-member board of supervisors to five members.
According to the Election Bureau, Beaufort and Wade E. Thomas are seeking nomination for the five-year seat on the Republican ballot. Beaufort and Bruce A. Robinson are seeking the party's nomination for the three-year seat.
Albert “Mike” Shadron is the sole candidate on the Democratic ballot for both seats.
Supervisor Paul Knupp said that, according to township records, Beaufort submitted his statement of financial interests on March 12. Knupp said Thomas, Robinson and Shadron submitted their statements by March 11.
A hearing on Beaufort's nomination petition is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday before Judge Anthony G. Marsili.
Nicole Chynoweth is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2862 or email@example.com.
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.
- Fall fly-by: Blue Angels stop in Unity to discuss 2015 show
- Man charged in New Stanton Sunoco robbery