Incumbents in north races retain leadership
In Ward 1, Democratic incumbent Dan DeMarco appeared to defeat Republican challenger Eloise Peet. With three of four precincts reporting, DeMarco had 55 percent of the votes to 45 percent for Peet.
In Ward 3, Democratic incumbent Daniel Kinross defeated Republican challenger Angelo Romano. Kinross, completing his 12th year as commissioner, received 55 percent of the vote to 45 percent for Romano.
Romano said he was “a little bit surprised” by the result but would consider running again.
“The loss hasn’t soured me. I did this for the community. I felt like folks were primed for a change,” Romano said.
In Ward 5, Republican Grace Stanko appeared to best Democrat Beverly Young for the seat now held by Democrat Patrick Lawlor, who chose not to run. With two of four precincts reporting, Stanko had 64 percent of the vote to 36 percent for Young.
In Ward 7, Democratic incumbent Gerald O’Brien appeared to defeat Republican challenger Michelle Bish. With two of four precincts reporting, O’Brien received 70 percent of the vote to 30 percent for Bish.
In Ward 9, Republican incumbent Grant Montgomery appeared to defeat Democrat Georgene Gallo. With one of three precincts tallied, Montgomery garnered 60 percent of the vote to 40 percent for Gallo.
In Ward 2, results from the race between Republican incumbent William Grady and Democratic challenger Chris Eyster came in too late for this edition.
In Ward 2, incumbent Republican Carole Ford and Republican Andrew Flowers topped Democrat Paul Farkas for two available seats. Ford received 49 percent of the vote, Flowers received 35 percent, and Farkas received 16 percent. Republican incumbent Oliver Poppenberg did not seek re-election.
In Ward 3, Democrat Terry Brennan narrowly was leading Republican William Cornman for the seat vacated by incumbent Republican C.B. Hays, who did not seek re-election. Brennan received 53 percent of the vote to Cornman’s 47 percent.
Democrat Reginald Bridges ran unopposed for the 1st Ward seat now held by Republican Charles Reist, who did not seek re-election.
In Ward 7, Republican incumbent Bill Cross defeated Democratic challenger Frank Miller. Cross received 59 percent of the vote to Miller’s 41 percent.
Running unopposed were Ward 1 incumbent Democrat Ed Duss, Ward 3 incumbent Republican David Shutter and Ward 7 Republican Susan Fisher.
In Millvale, four Democratic incumbents appeared to hold off Republican challenger Ilona McPherson for four seats on the borough council. With one of five precincts counted, Don Gillespie received 26 percent of the vote, Mary Gregory Schessler received 18 percent, James Porter received 21 percent, Robert Knierim received 23 percent, and McPherson, who resurrected the Republican Party in Millvale after 37 years, received 14 percent.