Brackenridge voters keep Tom Kish as mayor for another 4 years
Brackenridge's mayor is here to stay, at least for another four years.
Incumbent Thomas L. Kish received 253 votes to political newcomer Ronald R. Crawford's 105, according to Allegheny County's unofficial election results. There were five write-ins.
Kish ran as a Democrat. He secured the nomination in the primary with 153 votes. No Republicans appeared on the ballot.
Crawford ran as an independent.
Asked why he thought he was victorious, Kish said: “Past record, probably. It's up to the people. I was there for 12 years.”
Kish, an Allegheny Ludlum retiree, has been mayor for eight years.
Before that, he served as a 3rd Ward councilman for four years.
Kish said his focus will be on public safety and the welfare of his residents.
“I'm just going to continue what I was doing before, that's all,” Kish said. “Like I said: protection of the town, welfare of the people, and work with council on getting some of these roads and that done, and demolition of properties.
“But the main objective is the safety and the welfare of our residents — that's the number one priority to me.”
A mayor's primary responsibility is overseeing the police department.
Brackenridge has four full-time police officers, including Chief Jamie Bock, and two part-time officers.
Kish said he gets along well with them all.
“We got a good police force down there,” he said. “We work together very well.”
Kish said he was grateful to those who got out to vote and showed him support.
“I want to thank all the voters, the people that voted for me,” Kish said. “I'll do the best that I can for the borough.”
Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.