2 incumbents, challenger win contested Allegheny County Council races
Two Allegheny County Council incumbents facing election challenges Tuesday cruised to victories, while a third incumbent was ousted, according to unofficial election results.
Republican incumbent Cindy Kirk of McCandless collected 53.9% of the votes counted in District 2 to defeat Democratic challenger Christine Allen of Sewickley, who picked up 46% of the votes, unofficial tallies showed. The district includes many North Hills communities.
In District 6, which includes many South Hills communities, Democratic incumbent John Palmiere of Pleasant Hills collected 59.3% of the votes compared with 40.6% for Republican challenger Michael Freedman of Pleasant Hills, unofficial results showed.
Republican incumbent Sue Means of Bethel Park fell in District 5, which also includes South Hills communities. Democrat Tom Duerr of Bethel Park collected 59.8% of the votes compared with Means’ 40.1%, according to unofficial results. Means had served on council since 2013.
The winners will serve a four-year term and be paid $9,000 a year.
Kirk, 62, is a registered nurse finishing up her second term on council. She said going into Tuesday’s election that she was seeking reelection so she could continue to look for bipartisan solutions to the county’s problems, including combating the opioid crisis and making sure that police have the training and resources they need. She also promised to oppose raising taxes.
Duerr, 24, is a former political campaign staffer who said prior to the election that banning conversion therapy, maintaining election security and ensuring polling places are accessible were among his top priorities.
Palmiere, 77, owns Palmiere’s Hair Center and has served on county council since 2011. He said he wants to see through several projects on which he’s worked, including improving lighting and shelters in South Park and pushing for sustained maintenance service to county parks.
According to unofficial results in other county races, Bethany Hallam of Ross won the Democratic at-large seat and Sam DeMarco III of North Fayette won the Republican at-large seat. Other unopposed candidates included Democrat Nicholas Futules of Oakmont, Democrat Paul Zavarella of Plum, Democrat DeWitt Walton of Pittsburgh’s Hill District, Democrat Paul Klein of Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze neighborhood and Democrat Olivia Bennett of Pittsburgh’s Northview Heights.
Tom Fontaine is a Tribune-Review senior news editor. You can contact Tom at 412-320-7847, [email protected] or via Twitter .