All school board candidates in North Hills, North Allegheny win nominations
Tuesday’s primary did nothing to thin the ranks of candidates seeking the five seats on the North Allegheny and North Hills school boards that will become vacant at the end of the year.
All the candidates in both districts who ran in the May 21 primary were nominated to run for school board on Nov. 5.
All the candidates who ran were cross-filed under both major political parties and all of them won nominations.
The three incumbent school board members who ran in primary — Libby Blackburn, Chris Disque and Kevin Mahler — all received enough votes from Democrats and Republicans to win spots on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.
First-time candidates Marcie Crow, Elizabeth Warner, Shannon Yeakel, Peg Lehew and Mark Giuliani also got enough votes from either Republicans or Democrats to make it onto the ballot in the fall.
Elizabeth Warner received 22.42 percent of the votes on the Democratic ticket — the most among the eight contenders — to win a nomination. But she only pulled in 8.2 percent of votes from Republicans.
Mahler’s nomination came from the 19.4 percent of the Democrats who cast votes for him. He got 9.32 percent of the Republican vote.
Disque’s nomination also came from the Democratic ticket, where he picked up 18.1 percent of the votes compared to 7.68 percent from Republicans.
Peg Lehew won a fall ballot slot with 14.66 percent of the Republican vote. She received 8.25 percent of the Democratic vote.
Mark Giuliani received 13.46 percent of the Republican vote to win his nomination. Only 5.64 percent of Democrats voted for him.
Yeakel was also nominated by Republicans, with 15.05 percent of the votes. Her take on the Democratic ticket was 7.86 percent.
Crow and Blackburn were the only candidates among the eight running to win nominations on both the Democrat and GOP tickets.
Crow received 8.78 percent of the votes from Democrats and 14.62 percent from Republicans; Blackburn got 9.11 percent of the Democrat vote and 16.82 percent of the Republican votes.
All nine candidates running for party nominations to run for North Hills school board emerged victorious from the May 21 primary.
Incumbent school director Dee Spade got the most votes from Democrats — 17.43 percent — to win a nomination. She was the only current school director to win a nomination from Democrats.
Instead, Democratic voters nominated four, first-time candidates to run for board seats in the fall.
Rachael Rennebeck, who only appeared on the Democratic ticket, won a party nomination with 14.12 percent of the vote. The eight other contenders cross-filed to appear on the Republican and Democrat tickets.
Deanna Philpott picked up 13.87 percent of the Democratic votes and 7.05 percent of the votes cast by Republicans.
Katie Poniatowski received 11.82 percent of the Democrat votes to get on the ballot in November and 13.3 percent from Republicans to make her the only candidate to be nominated by both major political parties.
Phil Little won a Democratic nomination with 11.55 percent of the votes. He got 8.11 percent of the Republican vote.
Republicans nominated incumbents Tom Kelly, Ed Wielgus and Lou Nudi to run for seats in the fall. None of the three current board members won nominations on the Democrat ticket.
Nudi got the most GOP votes — 16.45 percent — to win his nomination. Among Democrats who voted in the primary, 8.34 percent supported Nudi.
Wielgus secured a ballot position in the fall by getting 16.36 percent of the Republican vote. Among Democrats, 9.12 percent voted to nominate Weilgus.
Kelly won a GOP nomination with 14.92 percent. Only 6.97 percent of Democrats supported Kelly’s bid for re-election.
Joe Muha, who previously served on the school board, will get a chance to return. He received 14.14 percent of the Republican vote to win a nomination from the party.
Muha fell short of winning a nomination from Democrats, who only cast 6.36 percent of their votes for him.
Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tony at 724-772-6368, [email protected] or via Twitter .