Candidates seek nominations in North Hills, many uncontested
A number of candidates in North Hills municipalities with seats up for re-election face no competition for their party’s nomination in the May 21 primary.
In some communities there are no candidates or not enough people on the ballot for the number of nominations needed.
A candidate who runs unchallenged in the primary automatically receives their party’s nomination unless a write-in candidate gets more votes.
A minimum of 10 write-in votes are required to qualify for a spot on the ballot in the fall general election.
A link to the list of all candidates running in the primary is available on the Allegheny County Election Division’s website.
Eight candidates, all cross-filed as Republicans and Democrats, are seeking nominations for five seats on the school board.
The incumbents running in the primary are Christopher Disque, the board’s vice president; Kevin Mahler and Libby Blackburn.
Also seeking nominations to run for school director in the fall are Marcie Crow, Margaret Lehew, Mark Giuliani, Elizabeth Warner and Shannon Yeakel.
Of the nine candidates seeking party nominations to run for North Hills school board, eight are cross-filed to appear on the Republican and Democrat tickets.
The eight candidates appearing on both ballots for five nominations are incumbent board members Dee Spade, the board vice president; Lou Nudi, Tom Kelly and Ed Wielgus.
Also seeking nominations are Phil Little, Katie Poniatowski, Deanna Philpott and Joe Muha.
A ninth candidate — Rachael Rennebeck — will only appear on the Democratic ticket.
Following is a list of uncontested races in the North Hills:
Mayor Doug Marsico is running unopposed on the Republican ticket in the primary. There are no Democrats seeking party nomination to run for the two-year term as mayor.
Democrats and Republicans will be asked to nominate three candidates from their party for the three open council seats on borough council.
Incumbent Thomas Kosmala is the only candidate on the Democratic ticket in the primary.
There are two Republicans running in the primary for three nominations, Jennifer Griffin and incumbent Councilman Todd Hipwell.
Representatives from three wards on Franklin Park Borough Council are up for re-election this year.
There are no contested races.
No Democrats are seeking party nominations for Ward 1. Incumbent Republican Laura Coombs, the council’s second vice president, is running unopposed in the primary.
Incumbent Ward 2 Councilman John Parks, who serves as the vice president, is running uncontested for a four-year term on council.
Democrat Matt Ferriolo is running unopposed for his party’s nomination for the four-year council term.
Incumbent Lucas Myslinski is running unopposed on the GOP ticket for the two-year Ward 2 council seat.
Susan Striz is unchallenged for the Democratic nomination to run for the two-year term.
No Democrats are running in the primary to be the Ward 3 representative.
Incumbent Republican Councilman James Lawrence is running unopposed.
Voters from each major political party will select two candidates to run in the fall for two open seats on the board of supervisors.
There are no Democrats on the ballot seeking nominations.
The Republicans seeking party nominations are both incumbents — Philip Troy, who serves as the board’s vice president; and Supervisor Anthony Candek.
Seats for Ross Township commissioners representing Wards 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 are up for re-election. Several of the races for these seats are uncontested.
Ward 1 resident Dale Bricker Jr. is running unopposed in the Republican primary. Incumbent Democrat Commissioner Dan DeMarco, who serves as the board’s vice president, is facing a primary challenge from George Tunney.
Incumbent Republican Rick Avon is not running for re-election.
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.
Paul Trilli is the only candidate on the GOP ticket seeking a nomination to run in the general election.
Incumbent Commissioner Jack Betkowski is running unopposed for the Democratic nomination.
Grant Montgomery is the lone Republican on the ballot for the Ward 9 seat.
Town of McCandless
Four seats up are up for re-election this year, including two in which incumbents are not seeking re-election.
Incumbent Ward 1 Councilwoman Kim Zachary is facing a primary challenge for the Republican nomination from Greg Martin.
No Democrats from Ward 1 are running in the primary.
Steve Mertz, the incumbent councilman representing Ward 3 is being challenged for the GOP nomination by Chuck Mazur.
Democrat Deawna Marie Alfonsi is running unopposed for her party’s nomination.
First-term Ward 5 representative Greg Walkauskus, a Republican, is not seeking re-election.
Two Republicans are running in the primary to fill the seat — Angela Woods and Joseph Beierle.
There are no Democrats from Ward 5 seeking party nominations to run in the fall.
Incumbent Ward 7 Councilman Bill McKim is not seeking another term.
Only one candidate from each party is running in the primary to replace McKim — Republican Patrick Semon and Democrat Patricia Cloonan.
No Republicans are seeking party nominations for the three open seats on West View Borough council.
Incumbent Democrats Kimberly Steele, Donald Mikec and Scott Miller are seeking nominations to run for the three open council seats in the fall.
Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tony at 724-772-6368, [email protected] or via Twitter .