Sunday, May 19, 2013
We want to know: Will you be headed to the polls?
On Tuesday, Democrats and Republicans across the Commonwealth will make their way to their local polling places and cast their votes for various offices. In our neck of the woods, there are eight candidates running for two open seats for Washington County Common Pleas judge, while several candidates are seeking election to Peters Township Council as well as the Peters Township School Board. Our question: Will you be headed to the polls to support any of these candidates? Take our poll below, and let us know in the comments section who you will be casting your vote for come Tuesday—or why you won't be headed to the polls. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Tell us which candidates you're backing in the May 21 primary.
Four sitting Peters Township school directors and three newcomers are seeking nomination for four seats on the local school board. Six of the candidates have cross-filed and are seeking to secure the Democratic and Republican nominations. Current board President Cindy Golembiewski, current Vice President Lori Cuervo and directors David Paul Hvidos and Sue Smith all cross-filed. Newcomers Lisa Anderson and Rebecca Bowman have also cross-filed for the May 21 primary election. Another candidate, Jamison Hardy, is on the ballot as a Republican only. So, who are you voting for? And why? Tell your neighbors in the comments section below who the most qualified people are. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Councilwoman Monica Merrell faces opposition in the May 21 primary election.
Although there are four seats on Peters Township Council up for grabs in the November general election, only one district race will be contested in the primary. Three township residents will be vying for the Republican nomination to a four-year seat in District B. Incumbent Monica Merrell, the president of Vesta Business Services and member of council since 2008, will be facing off against Theodore J. Taylor IV and Michele A. Hvizdos. Taylor is a real estate broker. Hvizdos did not immediately return a message seeking further information on he background. Councilman Stiegel Jr. is seeking the Republican nomination for the open four-year at-large seat. In District A, Councilman David M. Ball is seeking re-election. He is the only candidate …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Four incumbents and three newcomers are seeking nomination in the May 21 primary.
Four sitting Peters Township school directors and three newcomers are seeking nomination for four seats on the board in the May 21 primary. Six of the candidates have cross-filed, and are seeking to secure the Democratic and Republican nominations. Current board President Cindy Golembiewski, current vice president Lori Cuervo and directors David Paul Hvidos and Sue Smith all cross-filed. Newcomers Lisa Anderson and Rebecca Bowman have also cross-filed for the May 21 primary. Another man, Jamison Hardy, is on the ballot as a Republican only. For more information on the sitting school board members, click here. Anderson is listed on the Peters Township School District website as the secretary of the PTA Area Council. Bowman is an attorney …
There are two open seats on the bench.
Eight candidates are seeking nomination for one of two open seats on the Washington County Court of Common Pleas bench. All eight candidates have cross-filed for the May 21 primary. Mike Lucas, of Carroll Township, currently serves Washington County as First Assistant District Attorney. Lucas, who lives in Carroll Township with his wife, Anna Giordano, and their three daughters, serves as the lead homicide prosecutor in Washington County. According to his campaign website, he has "gained convictions in more homicide cases than any other prosecutor in our county over the past 16 years." A civil attorney in private practice representing clients and their families in a variety of issues, he has also served as a solicitor for various school …
Monday, April 22, 2013
The public is invited to a candidate forum Tuesday, April 23, at the middle school.
Seven candidates are running for four open Peters Township School Board seats in the upcoming municipal primary election on May 21. Candidates who are running are Lisa Anderson, Rebecca Bowman, Lori Cuervo, Cynthia Golembiewski, Dr. Jamison J. Hardy, David Hvizdos and Sue Smith. All have cross-filed on both the Republican and Democratic ballots, except for Hardy, who only filed on the Republican ballot. The public is invited to attend a candidate forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at the Peters Township Middle School auditorium. The goal of the forum is to give voters the opportunity to hear from the candidates on a variety of issues. Co-sponsors of the forum are the League of Women Voters of Washington County, the Peters Township PTA …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
If you're new, if you've moved, if you've changed names or parties, you must register.
Pennsylvania residents who wish to vote in the upcoming May 21 primary elections must be registered by Monday, April 22. Registered voters who have moved or changed their names or party affiliations must also notify their counties' elections divisions of their changes by April 22. An individual must be registered in a political party in order to vote in that party's primary. In order to qualify to vote in Pennsylvania, one must be a U.S. citizen at least one month prior to the primary, a resident of the state and his or her election district at least 30 days prior to the primary, and 18 years of age on or before the day of the primary. Individuals needing to register in Washington County may apply in person between the hours of 9 a.m. and …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The attorney on Monday announced his candidacy.
Alan Benyak, a former Army major who served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps as an Army lawyer, announced his candidacy for a seat on the Court of Common Pleas in Washington County. He made the announcement on Monday. Benyak, 49, of Carroll Township, served four years on active duty and an additional eight years in the Army reserves before leaving the military to start a successful private practice in Washington County. During the course of his military career, he also was appointed to serve as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. “I was honored to serve my country and my fellow military personnel as a lawyer, and now I would like to bring time that experience to the civilian courts,” said Benyak, the only military veteran …
Monday, March 11, 2013
District Judge Robert Wyda is the only Republican candidate from western Pennsylvania.
Robert Wyda, the magisterial district judge for Upper St. Clair and Bethel Park, is running for Pennsylvania Superior Court. "I'm at a point in my life and career that this is a challenge and step I'm ready to make," Wyda said. "After all of my experience, I feel very comfortable and confident in my ability." Wyda has been a lawyer for 28 years and he's been the magisterial district judge for 14 years. His district of Upper St. Clair and Bethel Park is one of the most populous magisterial districts in Pennsylvania with 53,000 residents. Wyda, a Republican, said he has received a lot of positive encouragement about his candidacy. One of the qualities that make Wyda stand out is his service to the country. "Voters have reacted very …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center is hosting the event for Pittsburgh-area constituents.
Upper St. Clair residents can meet their new state senator from 5:30 to 7:30 Thursday night at Il Pizziola in Mt. Lebanon. Sen. Matt Smith (D-Mt. Lebanon) was sworn in on New Year's Day following the retirement of John Pippy. PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center is hosting the event "to allow Pittsburgh-area constituents to meet and chat with their newly-elected state senator, and socialize with neighbors and others who are concerned about protecting our environment." State Rep. Bob Matzie (D-Ambridge) and state Rep. Erin Molchany (D-Mt. Washington) are also scheduled to be at the event. Will you attend the meet and greet? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments. Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook