5 Ross commissioner seats open, only 1 primary race contested
Seats for Ross township commissioners representing Wards 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 are up for re-election this year.
Only one race is contested — the Democratic nomination to run in the fall for the Ward 1 commissioner seat.
Incumbent Democrat Commissioner Dan DeMarco, who serves as the board’s vice president, is facing a primary challenge from George Tunney. Ward 1 resident Dale Bricker Jr. is running unopposed in the Republican primary.
Incumbent Republican Rick Avon is not seeking re-election to the Ward 5 seat.
Republican Sandra Lee Miller and Democrat Sarah Poweska are running unopposed for their party’s nomination in the primary to replace Avon.
Grace Stanko, the incumbent Ward 5 commissioner, has no challengers for the GOP nomination.
William McKellar is running uncontested on the Democrat ticket.
Incumbent Commissioner Pat Mullin, a Democrat, is unopposed for his party’s nomination to run for a second term as the Ward 7 representative.
Paul Trilli is running unopposed on the GOP ticket for the Ward 7 seat.
Incumbent Ward 9 Commissioner Jack Betkowski is unchallenged in the primary for the Democratic nomination.
Grant Montgomery is the lone Republican on the ballot for the Ward 9 seat.
Ross commissioners serve four-year, unpaid terms.
Following is information submitted by the candidates as well as their response to the question:
Why are you seeking elected office and what do you hope your major accomplishment will be at the end of your term if elected?
Ward 1 Democratic primary
Home: Woodbridge Drive
Previous elected office: a Ross commissioner since 2000; board president, 2009 -10; current board vice president.
I sincerely enjoy serving the residents of Ross Township. The only reward I have ever sought as a Ross commissioner is the pleasure of knowing that I have solved many problems for residents and made certain that Ross Township is delivering high quality municipal government services and amenities to our residents. Last year I was successful in getting an ordinance passed that prohibits the feeding of deer. The growing deer population is a public health hazard and it is my goal to implement a deer management plan that will significantly reduce the deer population in Ross Township. I also intend to diligently pursue major improvements to all of our parks and baseball fields.
Home: Ellwood Drive
Occupation: Ross Township public works employee; owner, GT Cleaning
Previous elected office?: No
I am seeking office to bring new, fresh ideas to the board and assist the residents of Ross Township. If elected as a township commissioner, I hope at the end of my term to have helped as many members of the Ross community as possible by keeping taxes low, paving more roads and improving both the recreational programs and public safety.
Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tony at 724-772-6368, [email protected] or via Twitter .