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August 3, 2013

John K. Manna:Limited choices, Many November contests have been decided

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NEW CASTLE —

They include Ellwood City, Laurel, Mohawk, Neshannock, Shenango and Union, each with four candidates to fill four seats.
That leaves New Castle and Wilmington, each with one spot to be determined. Although nothing is certain, the odds of a candidate who was nominated on both ballots losing in the general election are slim.
A possible solution would be to have nonpartisan contests in the primary for all local offices. Contrary to the belief of some state legislators, party politics plays little if any influence in local decision-making. Cronyism sometimes, but not party politics.
Currently, in places where one party dominates, people are reluctant to run because they figure they have no chance. Having nonpartisan primaries would widen the field of candidates and give voters more to choose from.
Instead, there are some legislators, through a bill introduced in the House, who want to go the other way by having school board candidates run on only one ballot in the primary. While it may give voters more choices in November, it would do nothing to eliminate one-party domination.

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