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

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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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Free Space Available for Political Candidates

April 10, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements, Politics & Elections

Pennsylvania's Primary Election is May 21.

Tube City Community Media Inc. doesn't endorse candidates or knowingly accept political advertising, but we again will make available this space as a free, public outlet for local political candidates.

Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Any candidate for a municipal (city, borough or township mayor, commissioner, council, etc.) or school board office in the McKeesport Area, Duquesne, East Allegheny, South Allegheny or West Mifflin Area school districts may submit a candidate profile for publication.

Deadline is Tuesday, May 7.

Profiles received after the deadline will be published at the editor's option, time permitting.

Please email your submission to tubecitytiger@gmail.com, or drop it off labeled "Tube City Online" or "Tube City Almanac" in the lobby of 409 Walnut St., McKeesport, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. You also may write to Tube City Almanac, P.O. Box 94, McKeesport, PA 15134.

Phone calls and Facebook messages will not be accepted.

 
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Davis Takes Oath as District's New Rep

February 05, 2018 |

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

With his wife, Blayre, holding the Bible, Austin Davis took the oath of office as the new state representative serving Clairton, Duquesne, McKeesport and neighboring communities. (Screenshot from Pennsylvania House of Representatives video feed)


Austin Davis took the oath of office in Harrisburg on Monday to become the newest member of the state's General Assembly.

Surrounded by his parents, family and friends, Davis, 28, of McKeesport was sworn in with his wife, Blayre, standing alongside him, holding the family bible.

Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge David Spurgeon administered the oath.

Davis won a special election Jan. 23 to fill the remaining months of former state Rep. Marc Gergely's term. Gergely resigned after pleading guilty to charges connected with a video poker and illegal gambling ring operating in the Mon Valley.

Davis will represent the 35th District, which includes Clairton, Duquesne, Lincoln, McKeesport, Munhall, Versailles, South Versailles Twp., Whitaker, White Oak and parts of West Mifflin.

 
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Davis Wins Special Election for 35th District Seat

January 24, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Duquesne News, McKeesport and Region News, Politics & Elections, White Oak News

Austin Davis won't get a break --- either from working or campaigning.

The 28-year-old McKeesport resident will be the next state representative for the 35th Legislative District after defeating 37-year-old Fawn Walker-Montgomery of McKeesport on Tuesday in a special election.

Davis expects to wrap up his current job as executive assistant to Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald next week, and be sworn in as a state legislator a few days later.

Then, Davis, a Democrat, will be running in the May 15 primary for a chance at a full term in office.

"I do like to keep a robust schedule, but no, there's not much downtime," Davis said Wednesday.

 
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Republican Gov. Candidate Plans Elizabeth Twp. Visit

January 23, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Politics & Elections

A Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania will meet with local residents during a reception Jan. 30 in Elizabeth Twp.

The event for Paul Mango is being sponsored by a group called Vets for Mango and will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sunset Room, 95 Enterprise St., just off Route 48 near the Central Highlands section of the township, a spokeswoman said.

Although the event is free and open to the public, people planning to attend to should RSVP by calling Brandon Rumbaugh at (724) 812-9285 or emailing bcrusmc@gmail.com.

 
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Special Election Tomorrow Determines 35th District's New State Rep.

January 22, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Politics & Elections

Voters in the 35th District will head to the polls Tuesday to elect a new state legislator.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Clairton, Duquesne, Lincoln, McKeesport, Munhall, South Versailles Twp., Versailles, Whitaker, White Oak and five neighborhoods of West Mifflin.

Democrat Austin Davis (above left) and Republican Fawn Walker-Montgomery (above right), both of McKeesport, are running in the special election to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of former state Rep. Marc Gergely. Gergely resigned after pleading guilty to criminal conspiracy and violating state election laws for his connection to a video-poker and gambling ring.

Walker-Montgomery is a former two-term McKeesport city councilor, while Davis is executive assistant to Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Click on either candidate's name to learn more:

 
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35th District Race: Austin Davis

January 08, 2018 |

By Lynne Glover | Posted in: Politics & Elections

Residents of Clairton, Duquesne, Lincoln, McKeesport, Munhall, South Versailles Twp., Versailles, Whitaker, White Oak and parts of West Mifflin will go to the polls on Jan. 23 to select a replacement for former state Rep. Marc Gergely. Tube City Almanac is profiling both of the candidates.

To read about Fawn Walker-Montgomery, click here.


Twenty-eight-year-old Austin Davis says he’s always been interested in service. “I’ve always wanted to be helpful,” says Davis of his interest in politics.

At 16, he was chairman of the Mayor’s Youth Council in McKeesport. “There were not a lot of people that looked like me in terms of diversity,” says Davis, who is African American.

Then—and now—Davis says he would ask himself: “What’s the best way to give back? How can I make the community a better place?”

Davis says running for office was a natural step toward taking public service to the next level for the people he cares about.

 
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