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School board primary choices advance to general election

| Thursday, May 21, 2015, 8:55 p.m.

Incumbent North Allegheny School Board member Joseph Greenberg did not make it past the May 19 primary, but the other candidates will move on to the general election in November, according to unofficial results from the Allegheny County Elections Division.

Challenger Suzanne Filiaggi received both the Democratic and Republican nominations for a two-year term and has won that seat unless there is a successful write-in campaign. She beat incumbent Maureen Grosheider, who sought only the Republican nomination for that seat.

“Transparency and accountability — that's what we believe, and we are all humbled by the opportunity to serve as directors,” said Suzanne M. Filiaggi, 46. of Franklin Park. She was part of a slate that also included fellow challengers Christopher Disque and Christopher Finley and incumbents Libby Blackburn, Kevin Mahler and Michael C. Meyer.

Greenberg, who was one of seven candidates running for five four-year terms on the board, did not receive either a Democratic or Republican nomination. He was seeking his second term on the board.

He and Grosheider could not be reached for comment by this edition's deadline.

The other incumbents — Blackburn, Grosheider, Mahler and Meyer — and challenger Finley won Democratic nominations.

On the Republican side, incumbents Blackburn, Mahler and Meyer received nominations, as did challengers Disque and Finley.

All seven of the candidates for those seats had sought both parties' nominations.

The newcomers on the slate attributed their success to the tactic of running together.

“It allowed me a faster learning curve than if I had been on my own,” said Finley, 42, of Marshall.

With three newcomers and three relatively recent board members, Finley said, the slate represented change, something that many voters wanted.

“One of biggest questions I received when I was at the polls was, ‘Are you currently on the board?' When I indicated that I was not, they would typically say, ‘OK, because I think we need to change some things.' ” He said the voters did not elaborate.

Disque, 42, of McCandless said his message was about “the desire to remove people who had been there too long.”

“We want to lead the district in a way that leads to academic excellence but to do it in a way that's fiscally responsible,” he said.

The vote totals in the Democratic primary for nominations for the five four-year seats were:

• Mahler — 1,353

• Meyer — 1,292

• Blackburn — 1,226

• Grosheider — 1,157

• Finley — 1,100

• Disque — 930

• Greenberg — 807

The vote totals in the Republican primary for nominations for the five four-year seats were:

• Blackburn — 2,285

• Finley — 2,215

• Meyer — 2,183

• Mahler — 2,180

• Disque — 1,752

• Grosheider — 1,495

• Greenberg — 1,256

The vote total in the Democratic primary for the nomination for one two-year seat was:

• Filiaggi — 1,772

The vote totals in the Republican primary for the nomination for one two-year seat were:

• Filiaggi — 2,035

• Grosheider —1,196

Bill Zlatos is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at bzlatos@tribweb.com or 724-772-6368.

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