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Brewster Kicks Off State Senate
Re-Election Campaign

December 07, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Politics & Elections

State Sen. Jim Brewster speaks during a breakfast for veterans last month in White Oak. (Photo courtesy state Sen. Jim Brewster)


Saying “public service is about reaching out and meeting the needs of those you represent,” State Sen. Jim Brewster kicked off his re-election campaign Friday with a rally at the Monroeville municipal building.

Brewster, a Democrat from McKeesport, is seeking his third full term representing the 45th Senatorial District, which includes parts of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties.

The former McKeesport mayor, who was first elected to the state senate in 2010 to replace former state Sen. Sean Logan, pledged to seek bipartisan solutions to problems in education, economic development, job creation and infrastructure upgrades.

“By working side-by-side, and with the goal of helping everyone, we can do more and that is why I am seeking another term in the state Senate,” Brewster said in prepared remarks delivered Friday. “The district has a large geographic footprint, the communities are diverse, and the people are strong, vibrant and energized, yet there are challenges to overcome.

 
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Westmoreland Attorney to Challenge
Brewster in 45th District

November 25, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Politics & Elections

(Submitted photo courtesy of the candidate)


A Westmoreland County attorney has announced plans to challenge state Sen. Jim Brewster's bid for re-election in the 45th District.

But Nicole Ziccarelli of Lower Burrell is no stranger to the Mon-Yough area. A graduate of McKeesport Area High School, Ziccarelli grew up in White Oak and is a former member of the advisory board at Penn State Greater Allegheny campus.

She will seek the Republican nomination in the April 28 primary.

“I am running because the 45th District needs a fresh voice in the State Senate who is committed to solving problems and advocating for the needs of our community,” Ziccarelli said in a prepared statement. “From the Allie-Kiski Valley to the Mon Valley, we need a strong advocate to stand up for what’s most important — job creation, what’s best for kids and families, improved infrastructure and quality, affordable healthcare.”

 
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Last Call for Allegheny's Current Voting Machines

November 06, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Politics & Elections

Across the Mon-Yough area, few polling places reported any serious problems on Tuesday, during what is expected to be the last hurrah for Allegheny County's current voting machines.

About 29 percent of the county's registered voters cast ballots, according to the Elections Division.

Spokeswoman Amie Downs said problems at Allegheny County's more than 1,300 polling places were generally minor. Polling hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Locally, a polling place on Maplewood Street in McKeesport's 12th Ward reported opening late --- about 8:30 a.m. --- after the judge of elections had car trouble, Downs said. In West Mifflin, voters at Lebanon Presbyterian Church reported that the judge of elections did not arrive until 7:10 a.m. and voting did not begin until 7:20 a.m.

 
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New Faces Headed to White Oak Council

November 06, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Liberty Borough News, Politics & Elections, White Oak News

New faces are apparently headed to White Oak council after election returns show two incumbents trailing in their bids to retain their seats.

Six candidates --- three Republicans, three Democrats --- were running for three four-year terms on borough council.

According to complete but unofficial results from the Allegheny County Elections Division, incumbents Charles Davis and Lou Bender, both Republicans, were the top vote getters, followed by Democrat George Pambacas.

 
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Cherepko Wins Third Term;
Few Surprises in Local Races

November 06, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Politics & Elections

McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko is headed for a third term after winning Tuesday's election by a 2-1 margin.

According to complete but unofficial results from the Allegheny County Elections Division, Cherepko, a Democrat, defeated former city councilwoman Fawn Walker-Montgomery, running as an independent, 2,058 to 1,056 votes. There were 13 write-ins.

Across the region, there were few surprises on Tuesday, despite insurgent campaigns run, in some cases, by well-funded independents. Voters across Pennsylvania gave their overwhelming support to a proposed constitutional amendment dubbed "Marsy's Law," though it is unclear if their votes will be counted.

In McKeesport, Cherepko was running on his record as well as the strength of his "McKeesport Rising" program to address blight, infrastructure upgrades and crime. The former McKeesport Area teacher and McKeesport city council president had the endorsement of the Democratic Party as well as state Sen. Jim Brewster and state Rep. Austin Davis.

 
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Politicians Endorse 'Marsy's Law,' But
Some Worry it Goes Too Far

November 04, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Politics & Elections

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County DA Race Adds Excitement to Municipal Elections

City Voters Choosing Mayor, School Board on Tuesday


One of the highest profile election initiatives in recent years is an effort to add a "victims' rights" amendment to the Pennsylvania State Constitution.

On Tuesday, voters statewide will be asked to consider a proposed "Crime Victims' Rights" amendment.

The ballot initiative has been dubbed "Marsy's Law" and is part of a nationwide campaign being supported by a California billionaire philanthropist.

Supporters say "Marsy's Law" ensures that crime victims understand their rights and have a voice when someone who committed a crime against them is eligible for parole or pardon.

But opponents have called the proposed constitutional amendment "unnecessary" and some argue it undermines the American justice system.

 
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City Voters Choosing Mayor,
School Board on Tuesday

November 04, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News, Politics & Elections, White Oak News

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Politicians Endorse 'Marsy's Law,' But Some Worry it Goes Too Far

County DA Race Adds Excitement to Municipal Elections


Some of the excitement over the hotly contested race for Allegheny County district attorney has spilled into local politics.

Lisa Middleman, an independent who is challenging incumbent District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr., has lent her support to Fawn Walker-Montgomery, who is running for mayor of McKeesport.

A former city councilwoman, Walker-Montgomery is challenging Mayor Michael Cherepko, who has said he's running on the strength of the "McKeesport Rising" initiative that his administration launched two years ago.

Cherepko, a former city council president and McKeesport Area school teacher, is seeking his third term as mayor. The Democrat is asking voters to keep together the team responsible for "McKeesport Rising."

"McKeesport Rising" has targeted neighborhoods throughout the city for removal of blighted buildings, street paving and infrastructure improvements, as well as expansion of facilities at Renziehausen Park and along the city's waterfront.

 
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County DA Race Adds Excitement
to Municipal Elections

November 04, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Politics & Elections

Other stories:

Politicians Endorse 'Marsy's Law,' But Some Worry it Goes Too Far

City Voters Choosing Mayor, School Board on Tuesday


Voters across Allegheny County are being asked to "skip the straight ticket" and cast ballots on Tuesday for independent candidates.

Countywide, the highest-profile race is for Allegheny County district attorney, where independent Lisa Middleman is challenging five-term incumbent Stephen Zappala Jr.

No federal or statewide offices are on the ballot this year, but voters also are being asked whether the state constitution should be amended to add a so-called "victim's rights" clause known as "Marsy's Law."

The race for Allegheny County District Attorney has caused rifts in the local Democratic party, where longtime incumbent Zappala, 62, is being challenged by former public defender and defense attorney Middleman, 57.

 
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Registration Deadline for May Primary is April 22

April 17, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements, Politics & Elections

Voters across Pennsylvania will be electing mayors, township commissioners and supervisors, borough council and school directors in 2019, and in order to vote in the primary, they must be registered by April 22.

The Allegheny County Elections Division said that residents who wish to vote on May 21 must be registered by Monday (April 22). Registered voters who have moved, changed their name or changed political parties also must notify the elections division by April 22, a spokeswoman said.

To qualify to vote, one must be a United States citizen at least one month prior to the election, a resident of Pennsylvania and the election district at least 30 days before the election, and 18 years of age on or before the day of the election.

Applicants needing to register to vote, or to change their name, address, or party affiliation may do so by using the state’s online voter registration process at www.votespa.com.

 
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Squires Seeks West Mifflin School Board Seat

April 17, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Politics & Elections

(Submitted by the candidate)

A long-time resident of West Mifflin, Kevin Squires is running for a seat as a School Director for the West Mifflin Area School District.

Kevin graduated from the West Mifflin Area School District in 2011 and is 26 years old. As a student, he was involved in many activities, including student council, marching band (saxophone), orchestra (viola), National Honor Society, Key Club, Future Teachers of America, and the school newspaper, the last of which he presided over as editor-in-chief. Kevin also helped to form and served as one of the first Student Board Representatives for the West Mifflin Area School District Board of Directors.

 
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