Election HQ: Information on state, county, municipal races in Western Pa.
Election Day in Western Pennsylvania is Tuesday, Nov. 5. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
To get information on the local races, candidates and issues that are on your ballot, see the list below.
In state Superior Court race, four candidates vie for two open seats
Four candidates are running for two open seats on Pennsylvania’s Superior Court, one of the state’s two intermediate appellate courts.
Marsy’s Law amendment
Marsy’s Law votes won’t be counted, Pa. Supreme Court rules in split opinion
Pennsylvanians still have the right to cast a vote Tuesday on the proposed Marsy’s Law related to victim rights — but officials won’t be counting and sharing the results of votes on that particular measure, the state’s highest court affirmed in a split ruling Monday.
Marsy’s Law amendment hanging by a thread as election nears
The unprecedented, multimillion-dollar campaign to pass a referendum to include victims’ rights in the Pennsylvania Constitution is hanging by a legal thread, even before voters head to the polls.
Allegheny County Controller
Write-in Republican challenging Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner
Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner’s campaign has 65 times more money on hand than her Republican write-in challenger, Brooke Nadonley.
Allegheny County council
Allegheny County Council features 3 competitive races
Three Allegheny County Council incumbents are facing challengers on the November ballot. The winners will serve a four-year term and will be paid $9,000 a year.
Allegheny County District Attorney
Allegheny County DA Zappala faces challenge from independent Middleman, a longtime public defender
Allegheny County Public Defender Lisa Middleman is the second candidate to try to topple District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr.’s 20-year tenure.
Allegheny County Executive
Republican challenger knows it’s slim he’ll best Allegheny County Executive Fitzgerald
Retired Air Force officer Matt Drozd, a self-dubbed “moderate” Republican from the North Hills, says he knows he has a slim chance of unseating Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald at the polls on Tuesday.
Meet the candidates: Baldwin Borough council
Baldwin Borough Council candidates want to see community day brought back to life, public safety put at the forefront and fiscal responsibility in the community.
Bell Acres council
4 in race for 3 open Bell Acres Council seats
Voters in Bell Acres who go to the polls Nov. 5 to fill the three open council seats will see four candidates, including a Democrat, two Republicans and an Independent.
Four incumbents running in Bradford Woods face no challengers in Nov. 5 election
Unless enough write-in votes are cast in the Nov. 5 primary for candidates who do not appear on the ballot, the four incumbents running for seats in Bradford Woods who secured party nominations in the primary will win seats Nov. 5.
6 candidates to appear on Bridgeville Council ballot
Voters in Bridgeville who go to the polls Nov. 5 will find six candidates in the race for three open borough council seats. All are running for a four-year term.
Carlynton school board
6 in race for Carlynton School Board
Carlynton School Board candidates say they will focus on the district’s finances, leadership and providing a quality education to students. Six candidates will square off on Nov. 5 for five open, four-year seats on the Carlynton school board.
Deer Lakes school board
4 incumbents, 2 newcomers vying for 5 seats on Deer Lakes school board
Four incumbents are facing off against two newcomers for five seats on the Deer Lakes school board in Tuesday’s election.
2 write-ins among 4 candidates challenging Franklin Park incumbents in Nov. 5 election
Democrats in two Franklin Park wards cast enough write-in votes in the May 21 primary to nominate candidates to challenge incumbent Republican members of council this fall.
Fox Chapel Area school board
Meet the candidates: Fox Chapel Area School Board Region 2
The race for Fox Chapel Area School Board has been whittled to one contested election on Nov. 5, a far cry from the May primary which drew nine candidates for several seats.
Gateway school board
2 candidates in Gateway special election
Voters in the Gateway School District who go to the polls Nov. 5 will choose one of two candidates to fill a two-year term that was vacated in July.
Four candidates vying to be elected to Hampton Council
The four candidates running for Hampton Council took some time to share who they are and what they hope to achieve if elected.
Candidates share why they should get your vote for Hampton School Board
With Election Day coming closer, the Hampton Journal gave all six candidates the opportunity to explain to the public why they deserve your vote for Hampton School Board.
Indiana Township supervisors
Meet the candidates: Indiana Township Board of Supervisors
Two newcomers are vying for a term on the Indiana Township Board of Supervisors in the Nov. 5 general election.
Jefferson Hills council
Meet the candidates: Jefferson Hills Council
Jefferson Hills Council candidates say public safety and transparency in local leadership are at the forefront of issues that need to be addressed in the municipality. Six newcomers will square off on Nov. 5 for three open, four year seats on borough council.
5 vie for 3 open Leet commissioner seats
Five names will appear on the ballot in the race for three open Leet Township commissioner seats. All are four-year terms.
McCandless voters could replace majority of council in November election
At least three new people — and possibly a fourth — will be elected to serve on McCandless’ seven-member council when voters go to the polls Nov. 5.
North Allegheny School Board
8 candidates vying for 5 open seats on North Allegheny School Board
All the candidates who sought party nominations to run for five open seats on the North Allegheny School Board received enough votes in the primary to run against each other in the Nov. 5 general election.
North Hills School Board
9 candidates running for 5 open seats on North Hills School Board
Voters in the North Hills School District who go to the polls Nov. 5 to fill the five seats up for election will see a near mirror image of the spring primary ballot.
8 compete for 4 Oakmont Council seats
Voters in Oakmont who go to the polls will see eight names on the ballots for four seats on borough council. Three of the seats are for four-year terms; the other is for a two-year term.
Penn Hills mayor
Penn Hills mayoral candidates Pauline Calabrese, John Petrucci vie for office
Voters in Penn Hills who go to the polls Nov. 5 will have two choices for their mayor and solidify two new council members and a controller.
6 candidates running for 5 Penn Hills School Board seats
Six candidates are vying for five seats on the Penn Hills School Board this November.
Pine Board of Supervisors
Pine Board of Supervisors race heating up with six candidates
In May’s primary election, seven Republican candidates for the Pine Board of Supervisors campaigned for three spots in November’s general election. Now, five of the seven candidates are on the ballot.
Open North Side seat, independents create crowded Pittsburgh city council race
Three Pittsburgh city council seats are up for grabs during Tuesday’s general election with independent candidates challenging two incumbents and vying for an open seat in the North Side’s District 1.
Pittsburgh voters will be asked for tax increase to fund city parks
Pittsburgh voters will be asked to approve a half-mill property tax increase that would exclusively fund improvements to city parks.
Pleasant Hills council
6 candidates in race for Pleasant Hills Council
Pleasant Hills Council candidates want to bring added pedestrian safety, further communication and transparency and fiscal responsibility to the municipality, which is currently considering constructing a new borough building.
Plum Council race has 6 candidates for 3 seats
Three Republican incumbents on Plum Council have three Democrat challengers for three seats in the upcoming election.
6 Plum School Board seats up for grabs
Voters in the Plum School District have plenty of decisions to make as they decide who fills six seats on the school board. Ten candidates are vying for five four-year seats and two are in the contest for a two-year seat.
Quaker Valley school board
3 newcomers compete for 2 Quaker Valley seats
Three newcomers will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot seeking to fill two open, four-year seats in Quaker Valley School District’s region 2, which encompasses Sewickley Borough.
Riverview school board
5 Riverview seats up for grabs
Voters in the Riverview School District who go to the polls Nov. 5 to elect candidates for five school board seats will see some familiar names on the ballot.
Ross Township commissioner
5 of 9 Ross Township commissioner seats up for re-election
Seats for Ross Township commissioners representing Wards 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 are up for re-election this year. Only one race was contested in the May primary — the Democratic nomination to run in the fall for the Ward 1 seat.
4 candidates running for 2 open Scott commissioner seats
Two candidates are competing for one Scott Township Ward 1 commissioner seat, a four-year term.
7 candidates in Sewickley Council race
Seven candidates are running in the Nov. 5 general election to fill four open Sewickley Borough Council seats. Among these seven candidates, current council members John Dunn, Cynthia J. Mullins and Hendrik van der Vaart will run for reelection. Sewickley Council is comprised of nine members, three from each ward. Council members serve four-year, unpaid terms in office.
Skelley, Iozzo vie for Shaler commissioner in Ward 1
Shaler commissioner candidates Frank Iozzo, a Democrat, and Wayne Skelley, a Republican, are battling in the Nov. 5 municipal general election for a Ward 1 seat.
Springdale school board
Fate of Colfax Elementary building in Springdale to be decided
The fate of Colfax Elementary building in Springdale will be decided by Tuesday’s election. For most of the six candidates vying for five seats, the fate of Colfax Elementary School is still very much an issue.
South Fayette commissioner
7 in contest for 4 open South Fayette board seats
In South Fayette Township, seven candidates will compete for four open spots on the board of commissioners. Art Bond, J. Keith Dernosek, J. Deron Gabriel, Joseph Horowitz, Steven J. Lower, Lisa Malosh and Gwen A. Rodi will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot, all seeking four-year terms.
Blight, redevelopment major issues for Tarentum Council candidates
Tarentum voters will fill five seats on the seven-member borough council this year. Voters across the borough will have a choice to make for one at-large representative, between Democrat Carrie Fox and Republican Tiffany Babinsack.
5 candidates vie for 3 seats on Whitehall Borough Council
Whitehall Council candidates say they want to keep the municipality operating in a fiscally responsible manner while focusing on improvements to the sanitary and storm sewer systems and borough parks.
Westmoreland County commissioner
Republicans, Democrats run separate races for Westmoreland County commissioner, but both parties want to win control
Westmoreland County’s next board of commissioners will have a similar look, as three of the four candidates running want as little change as possible.
Westmoreland commissioner hopefuls tout their goals but offer few specifics at forum
The four candidates for Westmoreland County commissioner looked to the future during one of the last campaign events leading up to the general election. Each candidate said the county needs to attract new residents and to promote jobs and tourism but offered few specific programs or policy initiatives to support their positions.
Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court judges
2 Westmoreland County judges up for retention
Westmoreland County voters will decided whether two Common Pleas Court judges get new, 10-year terms. Judges Michele Bononi and Chris Scherer are up for retention through a simple “yes” or “no” vote. Both were elected to the bench in 2009.
Westmoreland County controller
Westmoreland County controller candidates tout experience, watchdog role
In 2011, political newcomer Jeffrey Balzer campaigned for Westmoreland County controller with one message — the two-term incumbent had been in office too long.
Now, eight years later Balzer, 54, a Republican from New Alexandria, is seeking his third term and said his experience in running the office that serves as the county’s fiscal watchdog is why he should be retained by voters for another four years.
Westmoreland Recorder of Deeds
Westmoreland Recorder of Deeds candidates ready for rematch
Voters might experience déjà vu when choosing the Westmoreland County Recorder of Deeds. Incumbent Democrat Tom Murphy and Republican Frank Schiefer are familiar opponents.
Westmoreland Register of Wills
Westmoreland Register of Wills race pits office holder against longtime office worker
The race for Westmoreland County register of wills pits the incumbent against one of the office’s longtime staff members. Democrat Katie Pecarchik, 51, is challenging Sherry Magretti Hamilton, 42, a Republican who is in her first four-year term.
Allegheny Township supervisors
Republican Michael Korns aims to unseat Democrat Joseph Ferguson in Allegheny Township
A Republican challenger is looking to unseat a longtime elected official for an open Allegheny Township Board of Supervisors seat in the Nov. 5 election.
Greensburg Salem School Board
7 candidates make case for Greensburg Salem school board
The Greensburg Salem school board will have difficult choices to make in the years ahead. Each of the seven candidates running for five seats are making their pitch for why he or she is the right person for the job.
It’s incumbents versus newcomers for Hempfield supervisor seats
Issues within Hempfield are coming to a head next week when two newcomers face two incumbents for a pair of seats on the township’s board of supervisors.
Hempfield school board candidates gear up for election
Three incumbent candidates have formed a uniformed front in the race for a seat on the Hempfield Area school board.
2 incumbents seek to retain seats on Irwin council
The contest among four candidates seeking three seats on Irwin council is proof of the importance of write-in votes.
Lower Burrell council
Lower Burrell Council race features two familiar faces and a fresh one
The race for Lower Burrell’s open two seats on city council pits two Democrats, an incumbent and a longtime attorney, against a young Republican.
New Kensington-Arnold school board
New Kensington-Arnold School Board: Who’s running, what’s at stake
Seven people are running for six open seats on the New Kensington-Arnold School Board.
North Huntingdon commissioners
North Huntingdon commissioners’ 7th ward race contested
At least three new commissioners will take office in North Huntingdon starting in December, and maybe fourth, depending upon whether the 7th Ward incumbent can beat his challenger.
School director, restaurant owner vie for Unity supervisor post
Michael O’Barto has spent two years on the Greater Latrobe School Board, but he hopes Unity voters will return him to his previous longtime role of township supervisor. Doug Murphy, who fell short in a 2017 bid to join the three-member board of supervisors, is vying again for the position.
Incumbent, 4 newcomers seek seats on Vandergrift council
There will be at least two new faces on Vandergrift council when the borough celebrates its 125th anniversary next year.
Freeport Area school board
Freeport Area school board will have new faces soon; the question is: How many?
There will be at least two, and possibly three, new faces on the Freeport Area school board after Tuesday’s election.