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Two Monroeville residents seek vacant council seat

Dillon Carr
| Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
Sign outside Monroeville municipal building.
Sign outside Monroeville municipal building.

Two residents have applied to fill a vacancy on the Monroeville council.

The Ward 2 seat became open when former Councilman Nick Gresock was sworn in as mayor last week. Letters of intent and resumes from candidates were accepted at the municipality through Jan. 2. The two residents who applied for appointment are Mary Ann Lionelli and Eric Poach.

According to Manager Tim Little, three Monroeville residents expressed interest but one, David Kucherer, withdrew his request in late December.

Lionelli is a 1982 Gateway High School graduate and lifelong resident of Monroeville. She is a hairdresser who works at two area nursing homes.

“I would like the chance to give back to the community where I was raised and where we are raising our children,” Lionelli wrote in her letter of intent.

Poach moved to Monroeville in 1966 with his family. He left for a career overseas with the U.S. Public Health Service, returning in 1996.

Poach is an emergency preparedness training coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

The appointed council member will serve through 2018. A primary election for candidates to fill the seat will take place in May. The candidate who wins the general election in November will serve out the final year of Gresock's term in 2019.

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2325, or via Twitter @dillonswriting.

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