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Incumbents have tough time in borough, township races

| Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009

Many incumbents were defeated in yesterday's general election while others were able to hang on to their seats for whatever their term allows.

In Scottdale, incumbent Democrat Patricia A. Walker lost in the mayor's race to Republican Chuck King, who received 62.29 percent of the vote; Walker received 37.71 percent.

Also, in Scottdale's Ward 1, Andy Pinskey, who cross-filed, received 60.38 percent of the vote, beating out Phillip Haddad, a Conservative, who received 39.62 percent. Both men were seeking the one open council seat.

In Ward 2, Democrat Angelo M. Pallone was the lone candidate. He received 100 percent of the vote. In Ward 4, Bud Santimyer, a Democrat, won as the lone candidate, receiving 100 percent of the vote.

In Vanderbilt, Republican Jack K. Washabaugh won the mayor's race with 77 percent of the vote. He defeated incumbent Joseph M. Ambrose, a Democrat, who received 23 percent of the vote.

In Dunbar Borough, Republican Ron Gross beat out Democrat and incumbent John C. Williams with Gross receiving 54 percent of the vote, to Williams' 46 percent.

In Connellsville, barring any write-in campaigns, candidates for council and mayor were uncontested.

Councilman Charles Matthews won the Democratic nomination for mayor in the primary and ran last night unopposed; he received 100 percent of the vote.

For Connellsville City Council, two seats were open with two candidates. Both are Democrats. Marilyn Weaver received 53 percent of the vote. Tom Karpiak received 47 percent.

Connellsville Township residents voted for Republican Robert W. Carson as the new township supervisor with 57 percent of the vote, over Democrat Richard P Adobato, who received 43 percent.

Ronald Haggerty Jr. was the only candidate on the ballot for the magisterial district judge office in Connellsville. He received 100 percent of the vote from Democrats and Republicans.

In the Saltlick Township Supervisor race, Democrat Ed J. Bukovac Jr. received 65 percent of the vote, beating out Republican Chad Yothers with 35 percent.

In the Springfield Township Supervisor race, Democrat Ken Johnson received 58 percent of the vote, over Republican Jim Hall, who received 42 percent.

Uncontested races not mentioned can be viewed on the Fayette County Election Bureau's Web site: http://server.lcsys.net/vote/elections.asp

All results are unofficial until verified by the Fayette County Election Bureau.

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