New Castle News

Closer Look

March 23, 2013

John K. Manna: Spring ballot to have few surprises

NEW CASTLE — The ballots are set for the May 21 primary in Lawrence County.

There could be some minimum change after Wednesday, the last day for candidates to withdraw.

But for all practical purposes, we know who the candidates are, and there are few surprises.

Least surprising is that three county row officers, all Democrats, have no opposition on either ballot. Anyone paying attention to the local scene figured it was likely that District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa, based on his job performance in his first term, would have no opposition in seeking re-election.

The same is essentially true for Sheriff Perry Quahliero and Register and Recorder Janet L. Kalajainen, although they have been in office longer. Quahliero is running for his third term and Kalajainen her ninth.

Races for New Castle City Council will be more competitive with six Democrats running for three seats. Two of the seats are for four-year terms and one is for a two-year term.

Three candidates are seeking both the four- and two-year terms and the other three are running only for the four-year term.

Council president MaryAnne Gavrile, Councilman Thomas Smith and Anthony Adamo running for both posts and former mayor Tim Fulkerson, Jim Lombardo and Michael Caruso are seeking the four-year post. Caruso ran unsuccessfully for the mayoral nomination two years ago.

For the record, a candidate can be elected to both the four- and two-year terms, but would have to choose which post he or she prefers after the election.

Nonetheless, six of the candidates will be running for the two four-year terms, thus presenting a somewhat crowded field.

Only two candidates, Rosemary Henderson and William Schafer, are running on the Republican ballot. Nothing is guaranteed, but Democratic candidates for council have had the edge when it comes to the general election.

The absence of opposition for the three county officials at the top of the Democratic ballot could result in a low voter turnout for the primary. And that could have an effect on other races, including city council.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Closer Look
  • Local pastor helping fire victims

    A local pastor is opening up donation avenues to help two families who lost their homes to fire this week.

    April 18, 2014

  • First Energy to replace transmission line

    FirstEnergy Corp. has plans to rebuild a power transmission line between the West Pittsburg plant and a Mahoningtown substation.

    April 18, 2014

  • school.jpg Union to return assistant principal post

    The Union Area School District will have a new administrator when the 2014-15 school year starts. The board voted 8-0 Wednesday night to hire an assistant principal. Debra Allebach was absent.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Calen.tiff Callen gets state honors

    Robert Callen has been selected to receive a state award for his contribution to local government in Pennsylvania. Callen, 58, executive director of the Lawrence County Regional Council of Governments, received the Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bobosky.jpg Gas holdouts unconvinced of safety

    When Suzanne Matteo and her husband, Martin, bought their house on four acres in Pulaski Township they had a plan. They would grow a huge vegetable garden, raise lots of flowers and a few chickens and enjoy the fresh air and quiet.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Miller.jpg Wilmington superintendent discusses common core

    The Wilmington district has no reason to fear new Pennsylvania Core standards, superintendent Dr. Michelle Miller said. She talked about the standards to approximately two dozen residents at the school board’s monthly pre-meeting Monday.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Shreck.tiff Schreck reappointed Shenango superintendent

    Dr. Michael Schreck has been reappointed as Shenango’s superintendent for a five-year term. The school board approved his reappointment by an 8-0 vote Monday. Nicholas Manolis was absent.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • vote.jpg Congressional candidate disqualified

    Commonwealth Court has removed a Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional District seat from the May 20 primary ballot. Judge Bernard L. McGinley has invalidated the nomination petitions of Mel A. Marin of Sharon.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • money.jpg Up through the ground comes education cash

    Democrats running for governor seem to be competing to convince voters they will dip deepest into the pockets of gas drillers to replace $1 billion that Gov. Tom Corbett has cut from education spending.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • money.jpg Shenango passes tax abatement

    Shenango Township supervisors unanimously approved a tax abatement for Blackwatch Properties LLC when they met Thursday.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads
Seasonal Content
Section Teases
Must Read
Continuous Super Bowl Coverage