Some Monroeville residents are questioning why political yard signs that read “Markosek for State Representative” are missing one piece of information — the candidate’s first name.
“Is the candidate Joe or his son? From the yard signs you can’t tell,” said Louis Chandler, a Republican Monroeville resident.
Brandon Markosek, 25, is running to take over a seat his father, Joseph Markosek, D-Monroeville, has occupied since 1983.
Chandler said he is not “going after” Markosek, but he suspects Brandon Markosek only included his last name as a way to capitalize on the familiar name.
“I think it’s distasteful and duplicitous to do these sorts of things during a campaign,” Chandler said. “It’s just the state of politics today — one in which confusing practices are sometimes called upon.”
Brandon Markosek denied the notion he used only his last name to take advantage of any familiarity voters might have with it.
“There were no intentions of that. I’ve been going door to door for the last seven months campaigning, traveling in cards with both of my names on them. And I say, right away, ‘Hi my name is Brandon Markosek,’” the candidate said.
He said only using the last name of a candidate is common practice.
However, his Republican opponent, Steve Schlauch, 35, of Plum, thinks otherwise.
“It definitely feels like deception is being played on their part,” Schlauch said of Markosek and his campaigning team.
Schlauch’s sign says “Steve Schlauch for State Representative.”
Ed Uniatowski, a Democrat from Monroeville who sports a “Markosek” sign in his front yard on Holy Cross Drive, said he knows who the candidate is, and he plans to vote for him.
“I don’t know anything about his opposition, so I’ll go with the incumbent’s son,” he said.
Still, he admits the yard sign could be seen as unfair.
“People might not know (Joseph Markosek) is retiring. They might just know the last name and go to the polls and vote for him,” Uniatowski said.
The 25 th district encompasses Monroeville, parts of Plum, North Versailles, Pitcairn, Wall, Wilmerding, East McKeesport, East Pittsburgh and Trafford.
Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Dillon at 412-871-2325, [email protected] or via Twitter @dillonswriting.