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May 20, 2013

Primary 2013: Six candidates seeking City Council nominations

NEW CASTLE — Six Democratic candidates are seeking their party’s nominations for three seats in Tuesday’s primary.

Voters will nominate two candidates on both Republican and Democratic ballots for four-year terms and one candidate for a two-year term.

Only two candidates, William Schafer and Rosemary Henderson, are seeking the Republican nomination. Schafer is seeking a two-year term while Henderson is running for both terms.

On the Democratic side, council president MaryAnne Gavrile, Councilman Thomas Smith and Anthony Adamo are seeking the four- and two-year terms. Former mayor Tim Fulkerson, Jim Lombardo and Michael Caruso are running for the four-year term.

If a candidate wins nomination to both terms, he or she will be on the November ballot running for both terms of office. If the candidate wins election to both seats, he or she will have to declare for one of them. Council would then fill the other seat after the new terms of office begin in January.

MARYANNE GAVRILE

MaryAnne Gavrile said she is running for re-election “because we have made a lot of progress in the city and I want to continue on that.”

Gavrile, 59, a victim advocate for the Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County, said she believes the council race is about progress.

She said that has been made since she has been in office includes the city budget ending in the black the last four years and city officials enabling Refresh Dental to relocate its corporate offices to the Riverplex building downtown.

The company is negotiating with businesses to locate at the Riverplex, she said, adding other storefronts are being occupied downtown. Plus, new industries are locating here, but more needs to be done to market the city. Crime also has diminished.

One of her achievements she pointed to was leading the way to grant gas leasing rights to a company, resulting in $1.8 million dollars for the city’s coffers.

Gavrile said the city needs to clean up the neighborhoods and stabilize them. The city is going to “pick a target area” for demolition and “move people out that are a nuisance,” she said.

She said she would like the city to offer people tax incentives to buy single family dwellings and to convert duplexes into single family housing.

She also would like the city adopt a strategic plan covering neighborhoods, the business district, sustainable areas and public safety.

Now, she said, “the city acts by the seat of its pants.”

Gavrile said she also wants to continue the transparency “that started with this administration and council.”

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