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Tarentum, Lower Burrell mayors win Democratic nominations

| Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Incumbent mayors in Lower Burrell and Tarentum received Democratic nods for re-election on Tuesday, according to unofficial election results.

Mayor Don Kinosz in Lower Burrell defeated former Councilman Ottis Quarles, 734 votes to 608.

Kinosz will face Republican John Hanna in November's general election. Hanna was unopposed yesterday.

In Tarentum, Mayor Carl Magnetta defeated Councilman Eric Carter, 211 votes to 134. Unless a Republican write-in challenger emerges, Magnetta is likely to be elected to his first full term as mayor in November.

Candidates in both communities decried the low voter turnout.

"I was disappointed with the turnout -- it was terrible," said Magnetta, who served on council for 21 years before he was appointed mayor in 2009 to fill the unexpired term of the late James Wolfe.

Magnetta said he's pleased with his victory despite negative things he said were posted about him on the Internet.

"I'll continue to do the job I've been doing," he said. "I love the job, I love the people and I love Tarentum," he said.

Carter, his opponent, could not be reached for comment late Tuesday. Carter also was on the Democratic ballot to retain his 2nd Ward council seat; as the only candidate, he likely will be re-elected to council in November.

Lower Burrell

Kinosz in Lower Burrell said he looks forward to the chance of retaining his seat and working with council, which likely will include a new member in Richard Callender.

"I think we have an excellent team in place to face the challenges to come," said Kinosz, who is seeking his fourth term as mayor. "We're moving in the right direction."

Quarles, who once worked for the city's public works department, said he was disappointed by his loss but will continue to attend council meetings and offer his suggestions.

"Nearly 50 percent of the people weren't happy and maybe (Kinosz) will consider making some changes," said Quarles. "I would really like to see mayor and council get more involved with the businesses."

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