2019 election results from across Western Pa.
Allegheny County voters on Tuesday retained Executive Rich Fitzgerald, District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. and Controller Chelsa Wagner, while in Westmoreland County, embattled Sheriff Jonathan Held was ousted by James Albert.
Allegheny County Controller
Chelsa Wagner wins another term as Allegheny County Controller
Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner rolled to a lopsided victory despite an outstanding criminal case against her stemming from an alleged March 6 confrontation with police at a Detroit hotel, according to unofficial election results.
Allegheny County Council
2 incumbents, challenger win contested Allegheny County Council races
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.
Allegheny County District Attorney
Zappala claims victory over independent challenger Middleman in race for district attorney
Stephen A. Zappala Jr., 62, a Democrat from Fox Chapel, collected 56.8% of the votes cast, while independent Lisa Middleman garnered 43%, unofficial resulted showed.
Allegheny County Executive
Joe Biden congratulates Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald on reelection victory
When Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald claimed victory Tuesday night in his race for a third term, presidential candidate Joe Biden was there to congratulate him.
Allegheny Valley school board
5 members elected to Allegheny Valley School Board
Of the five winning candidates, two were newcomers, one a former board member and two incumbents. Board Vice President Glenna L. Renaldi, a Democrat, lost her seat with 1,026 votes.
Bell Acres council
Newcomer elected to Bell Acres council
Newcomer Megan E. Wine, a Republican, has won a seat on Bell Acres council.
Bridgeville incumbent loses seat
A Bridgeville Borough councilman lost his bid for re-election, and a newcomer will take one of three open seats.
Carlynton school board
Five incumbents on the Carlynton school board have retained their seats.
Deer Lakes school board
3 incumbents, 2 newcomers claim victories in Deer Lakes School Board race
Three incumbents and two political newcomers won seats on Deer Lakes School Board, knocking a fourth incumbent out of office, according to unofficial election results.
Fox Chapel Area school board
Three newcomers elected to Fox Chapel Area School Board
Three newcomers won election to the Fox Chapel Area School Board, ousting the second incumbent this year.
Franklin Park council
Franklin Park voters unseat 3 of 4 incumbent members of council
Three of the four incumbent Franklin Park council members seeking re-election were defeated in Tuesday’s general election.
Gateway school board
Former Monroeville councilman elected to Gateway school board
A former Monroeville councilman will serve on the Gateway School District Board of Directors, according to unofficial tallies from the Allegheny County Elections Division.
Hunkele, Dougherty in lead for seats on Hampton council in general election
With 13 of 13 precincts reporting, Martha Hunkele and Joe Dougherty appear to have won two open seats on Hampton council.
Five seats filled in general election for Hampton school board
Unofficial results have the five open seats for Hampton School Board going to Joy Midgley, Bryant Wesley, Matthew Jarrell, Robert Shages and Larry Vasko.
Leet selects 3 commissioners
Two retired municipal managers have been elected as Leet Township commissioners.
Voters elect three new members to McCandless council
Three new people were elected to the four McCandless council seats up for grabs in Tuesday’s general election.
North Allegheny School Board
2 incumbents, 3 newcomers elected to North Allegheny School Board
Two of the three incumbent North Allegheny school directors seeking re-election in Tuesday’s general election emerged victorious.
North Hills School Board
3 of 4 incumbents North Hills school directors lose re-election bids
Only one of the four incumbent members of the North Hills School Board who sought re-election in the Nov. 5 general election received enough votes to retain their seats.
Voters choose Pauline Calabrese as mayor of Penn Hills
Pauline Calabrese earned 67.2% of the votes counted compared with opponent John Petrucci’s 32.6%, with all precincts reporting results.
Pine Board of Supervisors
Republicans have clean sweep in Pine supervisors election
Republicans Pat Avolio, Jack Donahue, and Ryan Colombo took the top three places in the Pine Township supervisors race.
Pittsburgh voters approve 0.5 mill tax increase to fund city parks
With 392 of 402 precincts reporting, the referendum passed with 51.6% of votes counted, according to unofficial Allegheny County election results.
Pittsburgh’s North Side has new city council representative
Democrat Bobby Wilson of Spring Hill, who ousted longtime Councilwoman Darlene Harris in the May primary, won a three-way race for the District 1 seat.
Democrats grab 5 out of 6 Plum school board seats, defeat Republican incumbents
Plum school board Democratic candidates nearly swept all races at Tuesday night’s election.
Democratic challengers defeat Republican incumbents for 3 Plum Council seats
A familiar face returns to Plum Council, along with a couple new ones, as three Democratic challengers defeated Republican incumbents for three, four-year seats.
Quaker Valley school board
2 newcomers on Quaker Valley school board
Newcomers Chesney Soderstrom and Geoff Barnes were elected to fill two four-year school board seats in Quaker Valley’s Region 2, which encompasses Sewickley Borough
Riverview school board
Several newcomers win Riverview school board seats, 1 incumbent lost
A Riverview School District incumbent was defeated and several newcomers earned seats on the school board Tuesday night, according to unofficial returns by the Allegheny County Elections Division.
3 of 4 incumbent Ross commissioners re-elected
Three of the four incumbent Ross commissioners seeking re-election defeated challengers to retain their seats.
Sewickley Borough incumbent loses seat to newcomer
Sewickley Borough council incumbent John Dunn has lost his bid for re-election. The Republican, who received 42.9% of the Ward 1 vote, fell to Democrat Julie Barnes, who received 56.56%
Iozzo wins Shaler commissioner Ward 1 seat
Democrat Frank Iozzo edged Republican Wayne Skelley by winning 54% of the vote.
Westmoreland County Commissioner
GOP seizes back control of Westmoreland commissioner board; Cerilli ekes out final seat
Voters elected GOP political newcomers Sean Kertes and Doug Chew to the three-member board. Democrat Gina Cerilli finished third for a second term in office.
Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court judges
Stewart, Walsh win Westmoreland judicial race; Bononi, Scherer get second terms
Michael Stewart II, 37, of Hempfield, a Democrat who won both the Democratic and Republican nominations in the spring, and Republican state Rep. Justin Walsh, 47, of Rostraver, a two-term state lawmaker from the 58th legislative district, held solid leads in the three-way race as the final ballots trickled in.
Westmoreland Recorder of Deeds
Former seat holder ousts incumbent for Recorder of Deeds
The Recorder of Deeds race that pitted Democratic incumbent Tom Murphy, 56, of New Kensington, against Republican Frank Schiefer, 38, of Hempfield was among the tightest on the ballot, ending with Schiefer ousting Murphy, unofficial results show.
Murphy, who was first elected in 1999 and who won reelection in 2003 and 2007, received 45.9% of votes. Schiefer, who ousted Murphy for the first time in 2011, led with 54.1% of votes.
Westmoreland Register of Wills
Incumbent keeps Register of Wills seat
Incumbent Register of Wills Sherry Magretti Hamilton, who was pitted against long-term office worker Katie Pecarchik, will keep her seat.
Unofficial results show Republican Magretti Hamilton, 42, received 55.41% of votes to slide into her second term in office.
Pecarchik, 51, a Democrat, received 44.54% of votes. She has worked in the Register of Wills office for 16 years.
Westmoreland County Sheriff
James Albert defeats Jonathan Held in Westmoreland sheriff race
Democrat James Albert, a retired Greensburg district judge, defeated the Republican incumbent to bring an end to a tenure marred by a dozen discrimination lawsuits and pending criminal public corruption charges.
Westmoreland County Treasurer
Squires retains Westmoreland County treasurer post
Westmoreland County voters returned incumbent Jared Squires to the treasurer’s office for a third term, according to unofficial results.
Allegheny Township supervisor
Republican Michael Korns unseats Democrat Joseph Ferguson in Allegheny Township
An Indiana University of Pennsylvania professor will represent Allegheny Township as supervisor after beating out a longtime elected official for an open seat in Tuesday’s election.
Primary write-in candidate takes top spot in Delmont council election
Dave Weber of Delmont went from earning a write-in spot during the primary to capturing the most votes — 34.7% — of all three candidates running for three borough council seats on Tuesday night.
“I’m glad to be back on council,” Weber said. “They wrote me in — I didn’t actively seek it — but nonetheless, I think there’s a good group of folks on council, many of whom I worked with.”
Weber said he hopes to dive back into issues like the borough’s sewage and storm water situation and restoration of the log cabin at Shields Farm.
“I think the overarching thing is that we’re able to get things done without acrimony, I hope,” Weber said.
Incumbents Dennis Urban with 34.4% and Becky Matesevac with 30.1% were re-elected.
Newcomer Cowan leads voting for Derry Council
Sara Cowan led the polling for four seats on Derry Borough Council, with unofficial results in from all precincts.
Capturing about 23% of the 1,215 votes counted, Cowan was followed by James M. Ritenour with about 22%, Alison Camp with about 20%, and Al Checca with 17.37%.
Daniel Chaney Sr. trailed the field, with 16.71% of the votes and was the only candidate not elected.
Among the candidates are three Republican incumbents who were seeking new four-year terms on the seven-member council.
Ritenour has served since January 2012. Checca was elected to the council in 2015, after serving as an appointed member. Chaney is completing a two-year appointment.
Mary Landis, who also was appointed two years ago, opted not to seek election to a full term.
Newcomers Cowan, a Democrat, and Camp, a Republican, have attended recent council meetings. Cowan has served as secretary of the Derry Area Revitalization Corporation.
Prohaska wins second term as Derry Township supervisor
Democratic incumbent Jim Prohaska won a second six-year term as a Derry Township supervisor Tuesday, holding off a challenge by Republican nominee Rick Rupert.
According to unofficial results, with all township precincts reporting, Prohaska garnered about 63% of the 2,882 votes tallied, compared to about 37% for Rupert.
Prohaska also serves as one of the township’s roadmasters. He previously worked as operations supervisor for the Derry Township Municipal Authority for 28 years.
A quality engineer for Pace Industries Airo Division, Rupert has 19 years of experience in statistical problem-solving and project management. He is a volunteer firefighter in Latrobe who has been involved with the Latrobe Fourth of July committee and Derry area youth sports.
Franklin Regional school board
Sloan project opponents take 4 of 5 seats on Franklin Regional School Board
The race for five Franklin Regional school board seats appears to have been dominated by a single issue: the Sloan “elementary campus” project.
Candidates who banded together under the banner of “Restore Taxpayer Trust” took four of the five contested seats.
Greater Latrobe School Board
Incumbents hold seats on Greater Latrobe School Board
Four incumbents retained their seats on the Greater Latrobe School Board, according to unofficial results.
Eric B. Hauser was the top vote-getter with 17.53% of the 28,887 votes tabulated, with all precincts reporting.
Others who won four-year terms on the board were Susan Mains, Merle Musick, Michael Zorch and Paul T. McCommons, with respective vote percentages of 17.19, 16.79, 15.56 and 12.84.
In addition to the incumbents, voters were able to pick from among three newcomers.
McCommons, who previously fell short in two races for Unity Township supervisor, is a retired state police trooper.
One of the seats filled Tuesday is held by Kathryn Elder, a veteran former board member who was appointed in August to fill the brief remaining term of the late Conrad Lazor.
Greensburg voters opt to keep incumbent city council members
Greensburg voters kept the current makeup of city council by re-electing Democratic incumbents Randy Finfrock and Cheryl Lennert, according to unofficial results.
Lennert, 46, was the top vote-getter in a four-way race, having received 29% of the vote. Finfrock, 68, the longest-serving member currently on council, came in second with 28% of the vote.
They were challenged by Republicans Sindy Diaz, 48, program manager at Stoneybrook Foundation, and Colin Johnson, 34, team leader at New Outlook Academy.
Greensburg Salem School Board
Trio of incumbents win reelection
Voters returned incumbents Robin Beckadic-Savage, Frank Gazze and Stephen Thomas to the Greensburg Salem School Board, according to unofficial results. Joining them likely will be Republicans Brian Conway and Jonathan O’Brien.
With nearly 23,000 votes cast in the race, Gazze had 17.77% of the vote, followed by Beckadic-Savage (17.45%) and Thomas (16.2%). Conway had 13.2%, followed by O’Brien with 12.54%.
The race involved seven candidates running for five seats. The winning incumbents ran on both the Republican and Democratic ballots.
1 incumbent ousted from Hempfield School Board
Hempfield Area School District voters ousted one incumbent from the school board.
Incumbent David Iwig was the only candidate on the ballot for four-year seats to not secure a spot on the board with 10.35 % of the vote.
Leading the voting in unofficial results was Tony Bompiani with 19.81%, Mike Alfery with 18.49%, Vince DeAugustine with 18.44%, incumbent Jeanne Smith with 17.53% and Jennifer Bretz with 15.27%.
Republican incumbent Paul Ward, 53, with 62% of the vote, won a two year seat left open after former board member Chris Rossman resigned in June. Ward defeated incumbent Paul Adams, 50, who lost in May’s primary election, but received the Democratic bid once the two-year seat opened up.
Bompiani, who served on the school board for 12 years until 2007, also received the highest number of votes during the primary.
Incumbents beat newcomers in race for Hempfield supervisor seats
Incumbents defeated newcomers in the race for a seat on the Hempfield Board of Supervisors.
Republicans Doug Weimer and Tom Logan bested Democratic candidates Scott Graham and Daniel Kremer. Weimer and Logan, who ran a joint campaign, were neck and neck throughout the evening, receiving 30.44% and 31.40% of the vote, respectively.
Graham followed with 21.12% of votes with Kremer trailing with about 16.93%.
Throughout their campaign, Weimer, who previously served as board secretary, chairman and treasurer, and Logan, who holds the treasurer position, focused on continuing a 29-year streak of not raising township taxes and improving fire services.
Irwin council incumbent holds slim lead
A Republican incumbent on Irwin council held a slim three-vote lead over a Democrat challenger for the third open seat, according to unofficial results.
With all seven wards reporting, Councilman Michael Yunn, seeking his second four-year term, garnered 21.6% of the votes to edge Democrat Jeff Clem, who got 21.5%. Yunn received 419 votes while Clem, running in his first election, received 416.
Seven write-in votes were yet to be tallied as of late Tuesday night.
Democrat Shawn Stitely, 53, the fire department’s deputy chief, led all four candidates with 32.7% of the vote. Stitely, who previously served one term on council, won the nominations of both the Republican and Democratic parties.
Council President Rick Burdelski, 60, who also won Republican and Democratic nominations, captured his second term with 24.5% of the vote.
Council on Nov. 13 will hold a town hall meeting at The Lamp Theatre to get public input on what actions or programs residents want the borough to pursue.
Ligonier Township supervisors
Matson, Weimer capture 2 Ligonier Township supervisor seats
D. Scott Matson and Daniel T. Weimer led a three-way race for two seats on the Ligonier Township Board of Supervisors, with all precincts reporting.
Matson topped the field, with 44.87% of the 2,902 votes counted, followed by 29.67% for Weimer. Bruce A. Robinson trailed with 25.29% of the votes.
Matson, who received primary nominations from both parties, is the sole incumbent. The second position up for grabs on the five-member board is held by Wade Thomas, who decided not to seek a new term.
Democrat Weimer is an alternate member of the township planning commission, appointed to serve through December 2022.
Lower Burrell council
Fabry, Albanese win council seats in Lower Burrell
A cross-filed incumbent and Republican challenger were the top vote-getters in a race for Lower Burrell Council, leaving the city’s former longtime solicitor as the odd candidate out, according to unofficial election results.
Incumbent Manor mayor rides 9-vote margin to reelection win
Manor Mayor Michael Matrisch found out about his reelection in a Wednesday morning text from a borough council member.
Late into Tuesday night, Matrisch, an incumbent Democrat, and Republican challenger Terence R. Nemitz were separated by only one vote, with a single write-in vote having been cast.
“I knew it was going to be a close one the whole time with our area being mostly Republican,” Matrisch said. “I’m very pleased. They counted the absentee ballots and I didn’t find out until the next morning.”
Matrisch came away with a 9-vote margin of victory, taking 50.1% of 724 votes cast.
In the race for three council seats, incumbent Democrate Christine Marchand was the top vote-getter with about 31% of the 1,800 votes cast. Democrat newcomer Dawn R. Lynn was second with almost 28% and incumbent Republican Brian N. Woy took the final seat with almost 24% of the vote.
Nemitz, who also ran for council on the Democratic ballot, came in fourth with just under 17% of the vote, failing to win a seat.
5 union-endorsed candidates win election to Mt. Pleasant School Board
When the Mt. Pleasant Area School Board meets on Dec. 5, a new majority may offer a different perspective on long-stalled teacher contract talks.
That’s when five new board members, all of whom were endorsed by the Mt. Pleasant Education Association, will be sworn in during a reorganization meeting.
New Kensington-Arnold School Board
Schrock, Doutt win contested seats on New Kensington-Arnold School Board
An incumbent won his fourth term on the New Kensington-Arnold School Board, and four members of a group that banded together to bring change to the board also claimed victories, according to unofficial results.
North Huntingdon commissioner
Incumbent loses in North Huntingdon 7th Ward
The incumbent commissioner representing North Huntingdon’s 7th Ward lost by just two votes in Tuesday’s election, a defeat that will result in four new officials serving on the board of commissioners, according to unofficial results.
With all precincts reporting, Republican Eric Gass received 50.1% of the votes to Democratic Commissioner Duane Kucera’s 49.1%. Gass received 451 votes, while Kucera received 449.
Kucera, 68, a retired North Huntingdon police officer, was seeking his second term on the board.
Kucera could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Gass, an Army major, is the area coordinator of military funeral honor guards for veterans and soldiers through the Department of Army. Gass had lost his bid for a seat on the board of commissioners in 2007.
Gass will be joining three other new commissioners on the board who faced no opposition in the election.
In the 1st Ward, Republican Virginia Stump, a township planning commission member, was unopposed in the Republican primary and won a spot on the Democratic ticket with write-in votes.
In the 3rd Ward, Republican Jason Atwood was unopposed in the general election after defeating Chuck Colletti in the primary.
In the 5th Ward, Republican Ronald Zona was unopposed in the primary and won the Democratic nomination on write-in votes.
Commissioners Anthony Martino, David Herold and Darryl Bertani did not run for re-election.
Norwin School Board
Incumbents capture Norwin School Board seats
Two Norwin School Board directors were apparent winners Tuesday, but a third was a distant seventh in a battle among seven candidates seeking five seats, according to unofficial results from Tuesday’s election.
Democrat Patrick Lynn, 37, a Woodland Hills teacher who ran on both Republican and Democratic tickets, led all candidates with 17.9% of the votes. Incumbent Republican Darlene Ciocca, 63, who won both parties’ nominations in the May primary, came in second with 16.6 % of the vote. Republican Joanna Jordan, 71, of Irwin, received 15.7% of the vote, running on the Republican and Democrat tickets.
Incumbent Democrat William Essay, who was appointed to the board in January, got 14.7% of the vote running on the Republican ticket. Republican Robert Waymen, 66, came in fifth with 13.9% of the votes.
Trailing the apparent winners were Democrat Kim McCann Piekut, 51, a South Allegheny teacher, who received 10.4% of the votes, and incumbent Republican Tracey Czajkowski, who came in last with 10.1% of the vote. Czajkowski, an educational consultant, won only on the Democratic nomination in the May primary.
The unofficial results of the election seems to indicate the power of the Republican party, or at least running on the Republican ticket, in North Huntingdon, Irwin and North Irwin. The district also serves about 18 residences in a small section of South Versailles and White Oak in Allegheny County.
The two candidates running only on the Democratic ticket lost, while the two candidates running only on the Republican ticket won, even though Essay is a Democrat. Lynn, the only other Democrat who won, benefited from winning the nominations of both parties in the May primary.
If the results hold, the nine-member Norwin School Board will have two current teachers — Lynn and Director Brian Carlton, who teaches at Penn-Trafford; and three retired teachers, Wayman and incumbents Essay and Barbara Viola.
Penn Township commissioner
Republicans sweep Penn Township races for commissioner
In the race for First Ward commissioner, Republican Jeffrey Shula got the nod with almost 72% of votes over Democrat Bill Leonard with 28%.
And while absentee votes have yet to be counted, in the township’s Fifth Ward, Republican Larry Harrison with 51.41% of the votes leads Democrat Stanley Caroline Jr., who garnered 48.23%.
In the township’s Second Ward, Republican Lisa R. Zaucha was unchallenged in her bid for a seat. In the Third Ward, Chuck Konkus, who appeared on both ballots, also was unchallenged.
Just over 1,100 votes were cast.
Southmoreland school board
Southmoreland board president loses bid
The Southmoreland School District school board president lost re-election Tuesday, according to unofficial returns.
Aimee Love was the lowest vote-getter with 11% of 9,636 total votes cast in the race.
Some new faces were elected to join the board — Kristen Miller Smith was the top vote-getter with 21% of the votes and Michelle Williams received 19%. Former board member Catherine Fike got 12%.
Incumbents Jason Pawlikowsky and James Beistel were re-elected with 18% and 17.5% of the votes, respectively.
Miller Smith, Williams, Pawlikowsky and Beistel were cross-filed. Fike appeared on the Republican ballot, and Love appeared on the Democratic ballot.
Cross-filed candidates lead voting for Trafford council
In the race for three seats on Trafford council, cross-filed incumbent Steven Perovich was the top vote-getter with 33.7%, followed by Christopher Corrales (26.75%), who also was cross-filed and incumbent Republican Kris Cardiff (21.73%).
O’Barto wins race for Unity Township supervisor
Voters returned Mike O’Barto to Unity Township’s Board of Supervisors, with all precincts tallied in Tuesday’s election.
O’Barto led the race with 59.17% of the 5,619 votes counted, compared to 40.67% for Doug Murphy, according to unofficials results.
O’Barto, a Republican, stepped down from the board two years ago when he was elected to a four-year term on the Greater Latrobe School Board. The move ended a 24-year stint on the township board.
O’Barto, who is a technical consultant in sales and parts for Valley Pool and Spa has said he wanted to return to the role and lend his experience to Unity and to be part of what he considers a promising future for the township.
Murphy, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary, ran an unsuccessful campaign for supervisor in 2017. Part owner of his family’s Mr. D’s restaurant in Hempfield, he also operated heavy equipment for 35 years and was a former category manager with Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh for 25 years.
2 newcomers, 1 incumbent elected to Vandergrift Council
Two newcomers will join Vandergrift Council, and incumbent Kathy Chvala will return for another term, according to unofficial Westmoreland County election results.
Five candidates ran for three open council seats. John Uskuraitis, who cross-filed as both Democrat and Republican, got the most support, collecting 27.4% of the vote. Republican Karen McClarnon came in second at 19.6%, followed by incumbent Democrat Kathleen Chvala, at 19.3%.
Incumbents retain 2 seats on Youngwood council
Youngwood residents opted for experience in Tuesday’s election, voting to retain two of three incumbents in a battle for three seats, according to unofficial results.
Council members Lloyd H. Crago, a Democrat who ran on both tickets, led all candidates with 26.6% of the votes. Council President Scott E Palmquist, a Democrat, followed with 24.5% of the vote. Republican Robin W. Long came in third with 23.2%.
Councilwoman Rita Naugle, a Republican, garnered 22.5% — trailing Long by just 14 votes, 362 to 374.
Palmquist, 57, and Crago, 55, were seeking third terms on council.
Long, 55, ran on both the Democratic and Republican ballots after running a write-in campaign in the May primary.
Yough school district
Yough School District voters oust two incumbents
Two incumbents on the Yough school board were ousted Tuesday, according to unofficial returns.
Gary Ozegovich and Terri Allen got 10.6% and 10.2%, respectively, of 15,161 total votes cast in the race.
Five candidates, including one incumbent and four newcomers, were elected to join the board.
Incumbent Amy Ulander was the top vote-getter with 17% of the vote. She was followed by newcomers Allen Novacek with 16.8%, Gregg A. Nogy with 16.2%, Sandy Dull with 13.44% and Nancy Coffer McClaren with 13.4%.
Ulander, Novacek and Nogy were cross-filed. Dull and Coffer McClaren appeared only on the Republican ticket. Ozegovich and Allen appeared only on the Democratic ticket.