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Balla eligible to run, serve

| Thursday, May 16, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

The May 11 letter “Why is Balla running?” suggested Ron Balla couldn't be a New Kensington councilman while employed by the city water authority. As a voter who cares deeply about our democratic process, I looked into that issue and discovered Mr. Balla has every right to run and serve on council.

To be listed on the ballot, Balla submitted paperwork to the Westmoreland County Election Bureau. That paperwork is to ensure the candidate meets all of the eligibility requirements to be on council. The election bureau examined his eligibility and approved his candidacy. Simply, if Balla wasn't eligible, why is he listed on the ballot?

There is a process to challenge the eligibility of any candidate who files for office. The deadline to do so has long passed. If there was a belief he was ineligible, why didn't someone from New Ken challenge Balla's paperwork? Why didn't one of the other candidates do it?

If this was an issue, it should've been raised and resolved long before now. And if the incumbents — or city Solicitor Anthony Vigilante — try to challenge Balla's eligibility after he wins, how is that not sour grapes?

Kathy Clarke

New Kensington

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