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Candidates seek party nomination for House race

| Sunday, March 17, 2002

Republicans in four legislative districts north of Pittsburgh or in Beaver County will face choices on who should get the party nomination for state House. Democrats have only one primary contest, in Beaver County.

An incumbent Republican faces two primary election challengers for the nomination to the District 8 seat, which represents Zelienople and the area north. In District 11, three Republicans are fighting for the right to face incumbent Guy Travaglio, a Butler Democrat, in the November election. In District 16, which extends from Ross Township into Beaver County, two Republicans are seeking nomination to face Conway Democrat Susan Laughlin. And in District 15 in Beaver County, both parties have a primary contest in a race without an incumbent.

The May 21 primary election will decide which nominees advance to the Nov. 5 general election.

The District 8 seat is now held by state Rep. Dick Stevenson, a Grove City Republican, who is running for re-election. He faces a primary election challenge from Stevie Mick, a Zelienople Republican who is a senior training specialist with FedEx Express Corp. in Cranberry Township. No Democrats filed for nomination in District 8.

District 11 covers much of central Butler County, including the city of Butler and Buffalo, Butler, Clearfield, Connoquenessing, Donegal, Oakland, Summit and Winfield townships, as well as the boroughs of Chicora and East Butler.

Mark Shoaf, a Sarver Republican; the Rev. H. William Glassman, a Butler Township Republican; and Brian Ellis, a Meridian Republican, are vying to face Travaglio, who is seeking his fifth term. Travaglio faces no opposition in the primary.

Glassman, 39, is a 1989 graduate of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and an Oral Roberts University graduate who received an accounting degree in 1984. Ellis, 32, is co-owner of Hansen Auto Sales and Lyndora Beverage in Butler Township. Shoaf, 39, of Buffalo Township, is a Freeport Area School Board member and the assistant to the director for work forc development at Penn State Applied Research Lab's Electro-Optic Center in Kittanning.

In District 16, Republicans Ron Eggert and Joseph Scioscia are vying for the chance to face Laughlin. Scioscia, 45, a member of the class of 1978 from the Virginia Military Institute with a degree in physics, works for his wife's pool management company. He is a member of the Bellevue Borough Council. Eggert could not be reached to provide biographical information.

Laughlin faces no opposition in the Democratic primary.

In House District 15, which covers much of Beaver County, two Republicans and three Democrats are seeking nomination. Incumbent Rep. Nicholas Colafella, a Democrat, is not seeking re-election. He will have served 22 years when his term ends this year.

The Democrat candidates are flight attendant Mario Leone, 39, of Hopewell Township, Vince Biancucci and Joseph Schafer. The Republican candidates are Charles A. Camp and Art Spicciate.

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