Former planning commissioner wins contested Monroeville Council race |
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Dillon Carr

An incumbent and a political newcomer who ran unopposed for Monroeville Council in Tuesday’s primary sailed to victory while a former planning commissioner edged out his opponent, according to unofficial tallies.

In Ward 6, Bob Williams, 75, earned 55.5% of the votes counted compared with opponent Domenic Russo Jr.’s 44.2% with all precincts reporting results.

Both were vying for the seat currently held by Democrat Steve Duncan, who is not seeking re-election.

“I just want to say thanks to the Democratic Party for their support, their endorsement, and the voters that came out. I will serve them the best way I can,” said Williams, who served on Monroeville’s planning commission for 15 years until 2017. The retired iron worker is a Gateway High School graduate who lives in Monroeville with his wife, Renee.

Democratic incumbent Eric Poach, 60, ran unopposed for re-election after being appointed last year to fill a vacancy in Ward 2 when former Councilman Nick Gresock became mayor.

Democrat Steve Wolfram, 63, ran unopposed for Jim Johns’ current seat in Ward 4. Johns did not seek re-election.

No Republicans were on the primary ballot in the three wards.

Monroeville had 13,023 registered Democrats and 7,112 registered Republicans for the primary. According to unofficial results from the Allegheny County Elections Division, turnout was 27%.

Write-in votes and absentee ballots will not be final until around 20 days, according to officials in Allegheny County Elections Division.

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