Jesus, Porky Pig collect votes for North Irwin council |
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Joe Napsha

Although he died some two millennia ago and there is no evidence he ever visited Westmoreland County, Jesus Christ garnered support Tuesday to serve on North Irwin council.

The 33 write-in ballots cast included single votes for Porky Pig, “My Left Foot” (the name of a 1989 film starring Daniel Day-Lewis), Somebody With A Brain and Jesus H. Christ — though the Bible never indicates that Jesus had a middle name.

But, just like the Bible, “Jesus H. Christ” will be marked down for posterity in the county’s election records, said Beth Lechman, director of the county’s election bureau.

Because none of North Irwin’s 531 voters — 240 Democrats and 225 Republicans — filed nominating papers to get on the ballot for any of three open seats, write-in votes were the only way someone could have won a council term.

Four votes went to Lauren Jones Little of North Irwin and variations of her name — Lauren Jones and Lauren Little. She could not be reached for comment.

Receiving three votes was Dane Frye, a 33-year-old Republican who owns Hahntown Automotive repair shop in North Huntingdon. He said he was not certain he wanted to serve on council.

Councilmen John Lipinski and Thomas McIntyre, whose terms expire at the end of the year, got one vote each.

Lipinski’s wife, Julie, also received a vote, although she is registered to vote as Julia McGovern. They could not be reached for comment.

The term of Councilman Ronald Brown also expires Dec. 31. He did not receive any write-in votes.

No one ran a write-in campaign before the election, said Lisa Gesler, borough secretary. It is not known whether any of the 20-some people who received write-in votes care to serve on council.

Gesler said she anticipates the remaining four council members may have to appoint people to fill the vacancies next year.

The county elections board is scheduled to pre-certify Tuesday’s vote tally on Nov. 20, and certify the write-ins on Nov. 27, Lechman said.

In write-in campaigns, the person who receives the most votes — and is qualified to serve — is determined to be the winner, Lechman said.

As for someone writing in Jesus’ name on the ballot, Lechman said, “We see all different unregistered names entered as write-ins.”

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