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Republicans Sweep White Oak Council Races

Two incumbents defeated, borough turnout 41 percent

By Jason Togyer
The Tube City Almanac
November 03, 2021
Posted in: Announcements, McKeesport and Region News, Politics & Elections, White Oak News

Republicans swept four vacant seats on White Oak borough council in Tuesday's election.

According to complete but unofficial results from the Allegheny County elections office, Loree Scharritter led the field with 1,188 votes, followed by incumbent Julie A. Opferman and newcomers Joelle M. Harbert and Jason Russell.

Former White Oak councilman David J. Pasternak came in fifth place; followed by Kenneth Robb and George Dillinger, who lost their bids for re-election; and Kenneth A. Obusek.

Pasternak, Robb, Dillinger and Obusek are Democrats.

White Oak Mayor Ina Jean Marton, who won both the Republican and Democratic nominations in May, appeared to have held off her challenger, Kelly Doyle, who launched a write-in campaign in late October.

Complete but unofficial returns showed Marton with 1,618 votes, and 452 write-in votes.

Voter turnout in White Oak was about 41 percent, county officials said.

McKeesport Area School Board

In the McKeesport Area School Board race, with 41 out of 45 precincts reporting, top vote getters for four vacant seats were Dan Goughnour, Matthew Holtzman, incumbent school director David G. Donato and Latoya Wright.

All candidates were cross-filed as Democrats and Republicans, except for Wright, who was running as a Democrat.

Former McKeesport Area school district business manager David Seropian, running as a Republican, was in fifth place.

Voter turnout in the school district was 26.7 percent, according to county officials.

City of McKeesport

In the city, according to incomplete results, incumbent council members Jill Brewster-Lape, Jim Barry and Brian Evans were returned to office, county results indicate, along with city controller Ryan Sturgess. All four are Democrats.

There were 46 write-in votes for city council and 26 write-in votes for city controller. County officials said 29 of 32 precincts were reporting.

Turnout in the city was light, with only about 20 percent of registered voters going to the polls.

Originally published November 03, 2021.

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