Incumbents face several political newcomers
The primary election on May 20 could change the face of local politics in at least three Lower Valley communities.
Contested races in Etna, Indiana Township and Sharpsburg could lead to a new slate of candidates in November if political newcomers unseat incumbents in each town.
There is no race for local government in Aspinwall until November, when Democrat Barbara Stern will vie for one of three seats against Republicans James Donahoe, Patricia Klatt and Ed Sheerer.
Barring a winning write-in campaign, political slates in Blawnox, O'Hara and Fox Chapel will remain the same. Blawnox incumbents -- all Democrats -- Dennis Chuvala, Clyde Glessner and Kim Hilwig will retain their positions; Fox Chapel incumbents, James Parker, Eric Marx and Lou Greulich -- all Republicans -- will also stay.
O'Hara will see one familiar face returning. That is Republican Bob Smith who is seeking an at-large council seat. Barring a write-in campaign, Smith is assured to win the seat since it is uncontested. He will replace veteran politician Jim Zaenger, who is retiring from council. Smith will join incumbents Marshall Treblow and Joe Frauenholz, Jr., who are both unopposed.
Four candidates are seeking the two nominations for Lower Valley District Justice. The term is for six years and pays $60,000. Current magistrate Elissa Lang is running against Sharpsburg Mayor Don Ferraro and O'Hara attorneys Bill Price and Susan Livingston for the office which presides over criminal and civil cases for six communities.