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New Faces Headed to White Oak Council

Liberty voters will have to wait for write-ins to be tallied

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
November 06, 2019
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.

Incumbent councilman David Pasternak, a Democrat, was in fourth place, followed by Republican Janet L. Gerber and Democrat Donald Govanucci, the county said.

Running for a two-year council term, Republican Julie Opferman defeated Democrat Stephen Pholar, 1,005 to 856, with two write-in votes, the county said. Pholar was appointed to council in 2018 when former Councilman Sean Robb resigned.

In Liberty Borough, residents will have to wait until write-in votes are counted before learning whether Jennifer Riley's bid for council was successful.

Three seats were open.

In the May primary, Riley won both the Democratic and Republican nominations for one of the seats, but was forced to withdraw for health reasons over the summer. Her health improved and Riley was running as a write-in on Tuesday.

There were 358 write-in votes cast for borough council in Liberty, the county said. Complete but unofficial returns showed Christopher D. Gretz, who was cross-filed as both a Republican and a Democrat, with 331 votes, followed by Democrat Michael Zrenchak with 278 votes.

Originally published November 06, 2019.

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