Covid precautions will be in place according to CDC and County Board of Election guidelines.

This Voters’ Guide was compiled by the League of Women Voters of Washington County. The League is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse or oppose any political party or candidate. Its purpose is to promote political responsibility through informed participation of citizens.

The names of candidates running for the offices of Pennsylvania State Judge, Washington County Magisterial District Judge, Controller, Recorder of Deeds, Sheriff, and the Government Study Commission are listed in the Guide. Candidates are listed in the order in which they will appear on the ballot. The party of the governor is, by practice, given the first position on the Pennsylvania ballot except for the candidates of the Government Study Commission. The order in which candidates for the Government Study Commission appear does not reflect party affiliation. Candidates for municipal offices and school directors are not included in this year’s Guide.

Candidates were asked for basic biographical information and asked to respond to a question. In cases where the candidate did not respond, only the candidate’s basic information and ‘THE CANDIDATE HAS NOT RESPONDED’ are listed.

The Voters’ Guide listings are composed entirely of material submitted by the candidates themselves and printed precisely as provided.

Study the guide to help you choose the candidates for whom you want to vote and to also decide on the yes or no questions that are on this ballot. Nothing in this guide should be construed as an endorsement of any candidate or position by the League of Women Voters.

VOTING IN A GENERAL ELECTION

To vote in this election you must have been registered by October 18, 2021. Your registration is permanent if you did not change your name or your address.

VOTING

The three-step process of voting – 1) select candidates to create your ballot, 2) review your selections on your printed ballot, and 3) submit your ballot to the scanner for tabulation – can be reviewed on a video at co.washington.pa.us/129/Elections.

ID REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW VOTERS

If you are a new voter or are voting at a polling place for the first time, you must bring your voter ID card or a photo ID such as a driver’s license, student ID, or some other form of federal or state government issued ID. Some forms of non-photo ID are also acceptable, such as a firearm permit, bank statement, paycheck, or government check. If you do not have any acceptable ID, then you must be allowed to vote by provisional ballot.

If you are not a new voter and are not voting at your polling place for the first time, you are not required to bring or provide identification.

PROVISIONAL BALLOTS

If your right to vote is challenged at the polls on election day and you are in the right polling place and the problem cannot be resolved by the judge of elections, you have the right to ask for and vote a provisional ballot. If it is later determined that you were eligible to vote, your ballot will be counted. You will be given instructions on how to determine if your vote was counted.

ABSENTEE AND MAIL-IN BALLOTS

Registered voters who are ill, disabled, or will be absent from their residence on Election Day may vote by absentee ballot. Completed applications for absentee ballots and mail-in ballots must be received by the Washington County Board of Elections by 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 26, 2021. Voters can visit the Elections Office, complete the application in person, and receive their ballot on the same day until October 26 by 5:00 p.m.. Completed ballots must be received back at the election office by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

If an emergency arises (unexpected illness or business trip) after the application deadline, call the election office (724.228.6750) for information on emergency absentee voting. Proof of the emergency may be required. An Emergency application and ballot can be obtained and voted by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

Any disabled voter having questions regarding accessibility of a polling place should consult the county Board of Elections.

MARIA MCLAUGHLIN, SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE

DEMOCRAT

County: Philadelphia

Education: Penn State 1988. Delaware Law School at Widener University 1992

Qualifications: Current Judge on our PA Superior Court; Served 6 years as Judge, Court of Common Pleas; Chief and ADA, Phila District Attorneys Office; Rated Highly Recommended for the Supreme Court by the PA Bar Association

Campaign website: http://judgemclaughlin.com

Facebook: http://@Maria4PASC

Twitter: http://@McLaughlin4PASC

KEVIN BROBSON, PRESIDENT JUDGE PENNSYLVANIA COMMONWEALTH COURT

REPUBLICAN

County: Dauphin

Education: Widener Commonwealth Law School, summa cum laude (2nd in class), Managing Editor Law Review; Lycoming College (B.A., Accounting/Economics), magna cum laude

Qualifications: President Judge of the Pa. Commonwealth Court; over 11 years as statewide appellate court judge (elected 2009, retained 2019); Pa. Judicial Conduct Board, 2015-19 (Chair); 14 years’ private practice; former federal judicial clerk; “Highly Recommended” by Pa. Bar Association

Campaign website: http://www.brobsonforpa.com

TIMIKA LANE, JUDGE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS

DEMOCRAT

County: Philadelphia

Education: West Catholic High School and went on to graduate Howard University in Washington DC & received my Law Degree in 2002 from Rutgers University School of Law in NJ.

Qualifications: Major Trials Judge presiding over 1000’s of trials, authoring 100’s of opinions. I handle all human trafficking cases & many of the most serious criminal cases & Grand Jury matters. Certified Child Advocate & as former Exec Dir of the Senate Govt Cmte advised on the constitutionality of legislation.

Campaign website: http://www.judgelane.com

Facebook: http://@LaneforSuperiorCourt

Twitter: http://@JudgeTimikaLane

MEGAN SULLIVAN, ATTORNEY

REPUBLICAN

County: Chester

Education: Temple University Beasley School of Law, Juris Doctorate (cum laude) Saint Joseph’s University (B.A.)

Qualifications: 20 years criminal & civil law experience. Deputy Attorney General in PA Attorney General’s Office & Supervisory District Attorney, protected victims including the most vulnerable members of our society as a child abuse prosecutor. Asst. General Counsel at West Chester University and civil litigator.

Facebook: http://@megforjudge

LORI A. DUMAS

DEMOCRAT

County: Philadelphia

Education: North Carolina Central School of Law; Duke University; Executive Certificates from Cornell University, (D&I); University of Pennsylvania, Fels Institute of Government

Qualifications: Trial Court Judge since 2002; Jury and Non-jury experience; Presided in Family, Criminal and Civil Divisions; Former Corporate Executive, Non-Profit Leader; Adjunct Professor; National Leader in trauma informed courts; Led the creation of victim centered juvenile human trafficking court in Phila.

DAVID LEE SPURGEON

DEMOCRAT

County: Allegheny

Education: McKeesport Area Senior High Duquesne University – B.A. Duquesne University School of Law – Juris Doctor

Qualifications: “Highly Recommended” by the Pennsylvania Bar Association; Endorsed by the PA Dem; Serving as a Judge since 2016; Appointed by the Governor and unanimously confirmed by the PA Senate; Adjunct Law Professor; National Judicial Fellow; Domestic Violence National Expert; former prosecutor family violence

Facebook: http://@judgespurgeon4commonwealthcourt

Twitter: http://@davidspurgeon4J

STACY MARIE WALLACE

REPUBLICAN

County: McKean

Education: B.A. Communications, University of Pittsburgh (‘01) J.D., Duquesne University School of Law (‘04)

Qualifications: Nearly 17 years’ experience Owner: Stacy Wallace Law LLC Specially Appointed Family Law Master & SORNA Counsel Adjunct Professor, University of Pittsburgh-Bradford Clerkships: McKean Co. Court of Common Pleas, PA Superior Court Certified Mediator-Conflict Resolution McKean Co. Bar Assn., President

Campaign website: http://stacyforpa.com

DREW CROMPTON

REPUBLICAN

County: Cumberland

Education: Phil-mont Christian Academy Dickinson College Widener School of Law

Qualifications: Currently a sitting Judge on the Commonwealth Court. I have authored over 100 opinions. They are balanced, well-reasoned and thoughtful. I am recommended by the PA Bar. I also serve on the Supreme Court Appellate Rules Committee. I have extensive Constitutional, statutory and regulatory experience.

Campaign website: http://JudgeCrompton.com

Magisterial District 27-01-01 VOTE FOR ONE KELLY STEWART

DEMOCRAT

Date of Birth: 03/25/1972

Education: Washington High School, Criminal Justice Degree from Point Park University

Occupation: Legal Assistant with the District Attorney’s Office Intake Unit

Qualifications: For 20 years, I have worked in many positions in the Criminal Justice Field. I was an advocate, community service coordinator and currently a legal assistant with the Intake Unit of the District Attorney’s Office. My duties with the Intake Unit allow me to work with the district courts daily and I am familiar with its operations. I work with all 11 magistrates, while also working with 10 assistant district attorneys and law enforcement. Magisterial District Judge is an extension of what I have already been doing. I will bring a well rounded knowledge of criminal law, education and courtroom experience. I will make fair decisions based on facts and community safety.

For More Information: Facebook@KellyStewartCampaign

Answer to question: Effectively manage a growing caseload by maintaining a consistency administratively as well as judicially.

PATRICK PUSKARICH

REPUBLICAN

Date of Birth: 07/29/1968

Education: Trinity High School, Thiel College, California Univ.

Occupation: Sgt. Deputy Sheriff

Qualifications: Deputy Sheriff 32 years, passed MDJ class, DARE officer, Hostage and Crisis negotiator, Past union president, Deacon@ his church, ran safety consulting company.

For More Information: Facebook page, Website: www.pat4Judge.com

Answer to question: flexible scheduling with staff to increase the hours the office is open for earlier or later hearings and ability to pay fines. Work with local schools with program to instruct students on possible consequences of their choices.

Magisterial District 27-03-02 VOTE FOR ONE CURTIS L. THOMPSON

DEMOCRAT/REPUBLICAN

THE CANDIDATE HAS NOT RESPONDED

Magisterial District 27-03-06 VOTE FOR ONE LOU McQUILLIAN

DEMOCRAT/REPUBLICAN

THE CANDIDATE HAS NOT RESPONDED

Magisterial District 27-03-10 VOTE FOR ONE JOHN BRUNER

DEMOCRAT/REPUBLICAN

THE CANDIDATE HAS NOT RESPONDED

Country Controller

DEMOCRATIC

BEN BRIGHT

Date of Birth: 06/22/1970

Education: Penn State University – Class of 1994 BA in History

Occupation: Gaming Industry Manager

Qualifications: 13 years in the gaming industry, 12.5 of which was spent in supervisory and managerial roles

E-mail: benbright @verizon.net

For More Information: Website: http://www.brightforcontroller.com

Answer to question: 1) Protect Washington County tax dollars through transparency and accountability, promising to be a true independent voice in looking at, auditing and potentially scrutinizing our County’s spending and making sure our residents know exactly what their tax dollars are being spent on.

2) Do everything I can to ensure Washington County tax dollars are actually staying in Washington County, as well as making sure any funds we get from the federal or state government are being used to the benefit of our residents and are not being frivolously given to neighboring counties.

REPUBLICAN

APRIL SLOANE

Date of Birth: 10/31/1980

Education: B.S.B.A. in Accounting from Robert Morris University

Occupation: Financial Analyst

Qualifications: I have been in Accounting and Finance for 15 years; working in public, private and non-profit sectors. I am versed in a variety of industries including but not limited to manufacturing, energy, healthcare and construction. My professional positions include Senior Accountant, Cost Accountant, Financial Analyst and Operational Senior Accountant in charge of accounting policy and procedures. Those responsibilities include managing my own teams of people.

For More Information: Facebook: April Sloane for Washington County Controller

Answer to question: 1) Education for all county staff that interaction with financial information submitted to the Controller’s office. Most people that complete bank reconciliations and daily cash logs do not have a background in accounting or finance practices. Having proper procedures will allow my staff to complete audits and internal reporting in a timely fashion.

2) Maintain transparency and consistency. My goal is for the residents of Washington County to have confidence in my fiscal responsibility. I will look at all transactions and contracts ensuring those financial interactions will benefit ALL residents of the County.

Recorder of DeedsDEMOCRAT

DEBBIE BARDELLADate of Birth: 1/22/1955

Education: 1972 Honor graduate from Avella High School

Occupation: Recorder of Deeds

Qualifications: Held the following positions in the office: Clerk Typist-I, Clerk Typist-II, Assistant Deputy, Deputy, Recorder of Deeds

For More Information: cell phone: 724-483-2238, Facebook Page 1: Debbie Bardella for Recorder of Deeds@bardellaforrecorderofdeeds

Answer to question: 1) Expansion of e-recordings. 51% of all documents are currently e-recorded. E-recordings are the latest innovative technology in the field of recording; is extremely efficient and timely. Only elected official in Washington County to e-record. 2) Continue to maintain the integrity of all land records, keeping efficiency, cost effectiveness and customer service top priorities. All documents are recorded the day received and returned immediately. To obtain this service one must possess knowledge of required laws and regulations used in the office including PA Recording Act, County Code, PA Department of Revenue Realty Transfer Tax Act, Historical Museum Commission rules and regulations, Notary Act, budgeting practices and requirements, all of which I possess.

REPUBLICAN

CARRIE PERRELL

Date of Birth: 10/05/1963

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from California University of Pennsylvania, Associates in Nursing from Community College of Allegheny County, Associate Degree in Court Reporting from Duff’s Business Institute

Occupation: Realtor

Qualifications: Realtor, Washington County property owner/investor, property manager.

For More Information: E-mail: http://www.perrellforpa.com/

Answer to question: 1) Meet with individuals who currently interact with the Recorder’s office who have reached out to me during my campaign with concerns and suggestions for the office so that we can discuss ways to implement change where feasible to meet their needs.

2) Create a friendly work atmosphere that will welcome the public as well as support the current office employees to feel respected and valued for their contributions to the functioning of the Recorder’s office.

Sheriff

DEMOCRAT

LOU REDA

Date of Birth: 01/29/69

Education: Immaculate Conception High School (87), Washington and Jefferson College (91), Pennsylvania State Police Academy (92)

Occupation: Police Officer

Qualifications: I started my 30-year law enforcement career when I attended the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. I was promoted to Corporal and served as a Patrol Unit Supervisor, Criminal Investigation Unit Supervisor/ Major Case Team Supervisor and then with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation- Drug Law Enforcement Division -Western Interdiction Unit. During my career with the State Police, I was involved with, investigated and supervised many high-profile incidents including homicides, public corruption, kidnapping, officer involved shootings, plane crashes, complex drug investigations and executive service details providing protection to dignitaries and heads of state. After retiring from the State Police with an honorable discharge, I became the Deputy Director of Public Safety at Washington and Jefferson College. I then joined the Peters Township Police Department where I was promoted to Corporal. I am also a member of the Washington County District Attorneys Drug Task Force.

E-mail: INFO@LOUREDAFORSHERIFF.COM/LOUREDAFORSHERIFF@GMAIL.COM

For More Information: WWW.LOUREDAFORSHERIFF.COM, Facebook – LOU REDA FOR SHERIFF

Answer to question: My priority will be to ensure the integrity of the Sheriff’s office. Being fiscally conservative, I will operate the office in an efficient, cost-effective manner. I feel I could make an impact by bringing fresh ideas and make positive improvements where necessary. I have the experience with serving the public, the experience with helping to find common ground on difficult issues and experience in reaching a compromise working with business and community leaders. As a drug law enforcement officer, I can tell you firsthand that the opioid crisis has not gone away, and I will continue to work closely to eradicate this problem by expanding the DARE Program and working with the District Attorney’s Drug Task Force to keep this poison out of our community. Secondly, if elected, I can promise you will get an honest days work from me, I will do the right thing, I will never embarrass you and I will treat everyone entering or working in my office with dignity and respect.

TONY ANDRONAS

REPUBLICAN

Date of Birth: 6 April 1971

Education: B. S. of Education – California Univ. of PA; Act 120 Police Academy, Act 2 Sheriff Academy

Occupation: Chief Deputy Sheriff

Qualifications: 25 + years of Law Enforcement experience (working as Police Ofc & Sheriff Deputy, current Chief Deputy Sheriff of Wash. Co. Sheriffs

For More Information: website – ANDRONASFORSHERIFF.COM, facebook-ANDRONAS FOR SHERIFF, phone 412 915-9938 or email (see above)

Answer to question: As sheriff, I will use my 25+ years of law enforcement experience & training to: ensure Washington County families, the courthouse and county parks remain safe while supporting D. A. R. E. and important awareness programs to put county residents first.

-protect our conservative values by defending our Constitutional rights, supporting our 2nd Amendment and maintaining a balanced budget to protect taxpayers.

Voters will respond to two issues concerning the Government Study Commission on the November 2, 2021 ballot. Voters will be asked to vote for or against the creation of the Government Study Commission and, on the same ballot, vote for members of the commission. You are to vote for members of the commission even if you vote against its establishment. If the vote to establish the commission is defeated, the members elected will not serve.

Purpose of the Commission: The Government Study Commission is charged with studying the current form of County government and comparing it with other available forms under the laws of the Commonwealth. The Government Study Commission is to determine whether in its judgment the government could be strengthened or made more clearly responsible or accountable to the people or whether its operation could become more economical or efficient under a changed form of government. The question on the ballot is:

SHALL A GOVERNMENT STUDY COMMISSION OF ELEVEN MEMBERS BE ELECTED TO STUDY THE EXISTING FORM OF GOVERNMENT OF THE COUNTY; TO CONSIDER THE ADVISABILITY OF THE ADOPTION OF AN OPTIONAL FORM OF GOVERNMENT OR HOME RULE CHARTER; AND TO RECOMMEND THE ADOPTION OF AN OPTIONAL FORM OF GOVERNMENT OR A HOME RULE CHARTER.

Job description of the members of the commission: study the existing structure of the county government and compare it to other forms of county government allowed by PA law. Determine if another form would be better. This would then be voted on in a subsequent election by the electorate of the county.

Commission members are not compensated for their time. The Commission is expected to report back to the public within nine months.

Government Study Commission candidates were asked to respond to the question that follows in 325 characters or less. Responses that were too long were truncated at 400 characters.

Question: What skills, background or information will you bring to assist in the work of the Government Study Commission?

VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN ELEVEN

Candidates are listed in ballot order. Ballot order was determined by a random process arranged by the County Election Office.

JOHN DIETERLE

Municipality: Scenery Hill

Answer to Question: I have a Master’s Degree in Education + am a retired public school teacher. I have a broad range of community involvement that has allowed me to see + understand the working of our county government.

-Founder/CEO: Respite care facility for indivs w/intellectual disab + behavioral health issues

-Counselled court committed juveniles

COREY MCCONN

Municipality: Cross Creek Township

Answer to question: I feel that my degree from W&J College in Political Science and History as well as my more than 20 years of involvement in several local and countywide organizations has prepared me to be a conscientious choice for the Government Study Commission. If chosen, I would endeavor to be completely unbiased and impartial during the process.

STEVE RENZ

Municipality: Venetia

Answer to question: Former Brentwood School Board President and currently the Vice-Chair of the Peters Republican Party. Worked in union trades, public office, business management, and corporate sales. Lived in Allegheny County when the Home Rule Charter was adopted in 2000, so I have seen what works and what doesn’t in county government.

FRANK KOSIR JR

Municipality: Peters Township

Answer to question: In my six years of service on Peters Township Council, I have utilized the skills developed over my twenty years as a practicing attorney to assist in resolving difficult issues. I believe that my professional background and experience as an elected local official would transfer well to this commission.

DAVE PAPAK

Municipality: Monongahela

Answer to question: As a retired Marine Corps General and a graduate of the U S Naval Academy, my experience as a leader in our Armed Services has prepared me tremendously to assist in the Government Study Commission. I have been heavily involved with community outreach programs, team building and the working aspects and functions of county government. I am very excited to contribute and be part of the government st…

JOSEPH M ZUPANCIC

Municipality: North Strabane Township

Answer to question: Only candidate who has recently served as a Government Study Commissioner 2001-2002. Former County Assistant Solicitor, Former Deputy District Attorney, current School Director at Canon-McMillan and Intermediate Unit 1. Attorney in private practice.

BUD COOK

Municipality: West Pike Run Township

Answer to question: Government MUST be Fair, Accountable, Transparent at all levels! Upon reentering politics in 2014 my number one mission has been to pursue and ensure that Government at all levels be Fair, Accountable and Transparent. Many of our current office holders have forgotten that “We the People” are their Bosses and that they serve us “We the People” and not the other way around. If you agree with these v…

SHARON GUIDI

Municipality: McMurray

Answer to question: The WCGSC provides voters with the historic opportunity to look at how our County government works. In 240 years no changes have occurred in our government structure; now is the time for this Study. As a former candidate for the House of Representatives and retired teacher I understand the importance of collaboration and research. I humbly ask for your support and thank you for your vote.

JIMMIE D’ALESSANDRO

Municipality: City of Washington

Answer to question: A retired 43-year employee of Washington County, I served my professional career as a law enforcement officer in the Sheriff’s Department. I worked with many elected officials, directors, and department heads in county and state government agencies. If elected I will bring my knowledge and skills to the committee.

ERIC J SIVAVEC

Municipality: Cecil Township

Answer to question: Eric J. Sivavec is a fiscally conservative Republican and a Donald J. Trump supporter. He is a independent contractor currently working with Carbon Recall Bridgeville Solar Company

SONIA STOPPERICH SULCMunicipality: Canonsburg

Answer to question: I bring to the table an open mind, one that will look at both sides of the issue. I care about the county and making sure it thrives into the future. I am an RN, and have served in Wash Co politics for 23 years working to bring positive change, less corruption and most of all without asking for anything personal in return.

MATTI GRUZS

Municipality: Monongahela

Answer to question: I belong to many local civic orgs, participate in comm. fundraisers, work the polls, attend TownHalls & council meetings, volunteer for candidates, educate my children & taught myself about local government. I researched the duties of this commission. As a parent and active citizen, I think my perspective will be an asset.

LARS LANGE

Municipality: West Bethlehem Township

Answer to Question: I’m in favor of the Study Comm. because: it could investigate the pros and cons of having more local control of government functions, it could investigate the possibilities of spreading representation and influence throughout the county and investigate having true professionals run administrative and/or row offices, rather than politicians.

SUZANNE M RUSCHAK

Municipality: Charleroi

THE CANDIDATE HAS NOT RESPONDED

LISA STOUT BASHIOUM

Municipality: Somerset Township

Answer to question: I have served my community as a volunteer in many capacities, Bentworth School District as a School Director for 12 years, and the county as a member of the Democratic Committee. My knowledge of government operations, commitment to a bipartisan effort, and dedication to fiscal responsibility will enable me to make a positive contribution to the Government Study Commission.

JODI RIPEPI

Municipality: McMurray

THE CANDIDATE HAS NOT RESPONDED

TONY JACOB DELOST

Municipality: Strabane

Answer to question: My name is Tony Jacob DeLost, candidate for the government study on Home Rule Charter. Graduate of Canon McMillan. Graduate of Indiana University of PA in Business Management. Business owner at Shouptown Stables LLC. Member of the North Strabane Planning Commission. Canonsburg 4th of July Committee.

MARIE A FERGUSON

Municipality: Smith Township

Answer to question: With over 40 years in administrative and operational experience in both the manufacturing and financial industries, I also recognize the importance of volunteerism and activism to show that I understand the needs of the people that I hope to serve.

As a candidate on the commission, it is an honor to represent all constituents with integrity, truth and a proactive approach to study Home Rule.

ROBERT P COCCO

Municipality: Peters Township

Answer to question: I’m a career Law Enforcement Professional and Administrator with experience researching and developing programs for government. I’ve worked in complex and challenging environments and on challenging issues. I have deep family roots in the county and would be honored to use my knowledge and experience to help leadership make informed decisions relating to this government study.

JAMES ROMAN

Municipality: Canonsburg

Answer to question: MBA from Point Park University, MA from Duquesne University & BA from University of Pittsburgh. Currently Register of Wills in Washington County.

DONALD G ANGELONE

Municipality: North Strabane Township

Answer to question: U. S. Veteran, B. A. Political Science, MEd

Retired: CRC, LPC, Licensed Psychologist, PA Gov’t OVR Admin. Wash., Fayette, Greene Co., Retired Board Member: Area Agency on Aging, Leadership Wash. Co., Wash. Co. Transportation Authority, Wash. Co. Planning Commission Advisory Com., Former Pitt Faculty member, current Pastoral Council member of St. Oscar Romero Parish

JOE RAVASIO

Municipality: Monongahela

Answer to question: As a teacher/ coach for 38 years in Washington county I was very involved with students and families in the communities. I worked with organizations whose goal was to develop stronger communities within Washington County. By working with student and parental groups I developed a familiar understanding of county government. I believe in developing TEAM building skills for all aspects of county gove…

NOAH LAMBERT

Municipality: South Strabane Township

Answer to question: I am not a politician! I am a resident of Washington County. I vote and pay taxes here, my children attend public school here, and my family owns a business here. This Study Commission is a unique opportunity for a concerned citizen to affect our government outside the influence of career politicians.

PARKER BURROUGHS

Municipality: South Franklin Township

Answer to question: I believe my long career as a journalist, including nearly a quarter of a century as chief editor of the Observer-Reporter, has provided me a clear understanding of the workings of our county government and its history.

TODD A PAPPASERGI

Municipality: Cecil Township

Answer to question: As an attorney who has concentrated in government, municipal, and school law for much of my legal career, I can bring an informed, objective, and neutral viewpoint to the commission. I advise different boards and councils on prudent governance and management daily, which is a skill that will be invaluable to the commission.

EMILY L HOLMES

Municipality: North Strabane Township

Answer to question: As a current North Strabane Supervisor, I understand the importance of assessing and analyzing how our government can function more effectively and cost-efficiently. If elected, I will actively research all available options and objectively analyze the pros/cons of each option. Accountability to taxpayers is paramount.

DENNIS URSO

Municipality: McMurray

Answer to question: Provided 24 years of public-school leadership, the final ten years as Superintended of Peters Township Schools. Established Edumark Consulting, an organizational development practice to enable businesses and organizations to adopt methods to engage in strategic planning and process/product improvement. Examples of entities served range from General Motors, Mayo Clinic, to Ohio Department of Educat…

GARY B WEINSTEIN

Municipality: East Washington Borough

Answer to question: Education: Masters Public Admin, U. of Penn, Wharton School; Bachelors, Political Science, Bucknell U.

Professional Experience: 3 years community/economic development in Pa.; 38 years leadership experience with large local healthcare org.

Community: Board member, Blueprints; Chamber of Commerce; Washington Communities Human Services

MARK MIKEC

Municipality: McMurray

Answer to question: I am born and raised in Washington County. Owner partner of family contracting business for over 35 years. I have seen this county grow in many ways and would like to be a part of its continued success for future generations.

WILLIAM A CONGELIO

Municipality: Peters Township

Answer to question: As an attorney, I have practiced in Washington and Allegheny counties which have different forms of government. In Washington County, I served as an Assistant District Attorney and Hearing Master for Real Estate Assessment Appeals, Custody, Divorce and Support cases. In Allegheny County, as a Pitt Law professor, I directed a clinic that staffed the Court’s Pro Se Motions Program.

BRACKEN BURNS

Municipality: South Strabane Township

Answer to question:

Executive Director Washington Co. EMS Council 1974-95

Director Washington Co. Emergency Mgt. Agency 1985-95

Acting Director Washington Co. Aging Services

Acting Director Washington Co. Health Center

Washington County Commissioner 1996-2010

President County Commissioners Assoc. of PA

Chairman Southwestern PA Commission

Recipient – Governor’s Award – Excellence in Local Government

ROBERT H MCCARRELL

Municipality: South Strabane Township

Answer to question: As a lifelong resident of Washington County, I have voted in every election since I was 18. I have a degree in political science from Muskingum University. As a retired Allstate agent, I currently work as a tax preparer for McCarrells’ Tax Service. I have never run for political office, and I don’t want to! I don’t believe any county elected official should be a part of the Commission.

PEGGY COX

Municipality: Carroll Township

Answer to question: Along with my husband, Steve, I have owned and operated Cox Market, a community-minded, third-generation family business for 44 years. As a result, I have the privilege of knowing and understanding my community and its people. I have also had the opportunity and privilege to work with people in local and county government.

KARIANNE BILSKY

Municipality: Canonsburg

Answer to question: I believe in limited gov’t. Past employment in small business & gov’t, including hiring, supervising, reviewing profit/loss for small business; 10+ yrs learning about local political issues (forums, mtgs, meeting candidates); long-time resident of Wash. Co.; mother; graduate courses in research & program eval; psychologist.

LOUIS E WALLER

Municipality: North Strabane Township

Answer to question: I believe I understand local governmental issues. I have a sincere interest in government, both its strengths and weaknesses. I was a Washington city councilman for eight years. During that time, I learned first-hand how government can improve a community and the stumbling blocks we need to address so government can do better. I have many years of business experience based both in Washington county…

ANDREW J GOUDY

Municipality: North Strabane Township

Answer to question: I have worked as a chemistry professor at West Chester University and Delaware State University. At these universities, I was able to acquire skills as a teacher, researcher and administrator. I recently retired after 40 years and moved back to this area where I grew up. Since retiring, I have served as President of the Washington Rotary Club and I am now serving as President of the NAACP.

MICHAEL PASSALACQUA

Municipality: South Strabane Township

Answer to Question: I have been a business owner for more than 30 years and my business has been operating within my family for 82 years. Budgets, numbers, streamlining, improving systems, updating and more are part of my everyday life. I plan to have a very open mind in this venture. I have no preconceived ideas of how or what should be done. I have no political loyalties. If independent thinkers like me get on thi…

BRENDA DAVIS

Municipality: City of Washington

Answer to question: If elected to serve on the Home Rule committee, I believe my education and government experience will be beneficial and productive to effectively examine our form of government. My background as Mayor of the City of Washington and my work experience will help assist the committee when determining if changes are warranted.

MARK KENNISON

Municipality: Washington

THE CANDIDATE HAS NOT RESPONDED

DAVID J PODURGIEL

Municipality: North Strabane Township

Answer to question: My military experience, 23 years as a manager for an energy company and a board member of a regional organization for 5 ½ years has given me the opportunity to hone my skills as a leader and team and consensus builder, striving to bridge differences of opinions for the greater good of the organization. These factors along with my solid understanding of government will contribute to the overall success of the county.

COLLEEN MURPHY ARNOWITZ

Municipality: Monongahela

Answer to question: Service on the Government Study Commission will require research, teamwork, and consensus building. My background as a teacher and former Prothonotary provides me with a unique viewpoint regarding this study. As a candidate from the Mon Valley it would be my honor to serve and represent you as a Study Board Commissioner.

TAMARA TALOTTA SAMPSON

Municipality: Canonsburg

Answer to question: As a Homes for Heroes Mortgage Specialist, I review budgets and profit and loss statements daily. My volunteer work at The Bible Chapel and St. Louise de Marillac school allows for open and honest communications with residents. Being VP of Unified Business Network shows how I can maintain an agenda and finish in a timely manner.

MARK D CASKEY

Municipality: North Strabane Township

Answer to question: As a Conservative, I am shocked that Washington Co. is even considering Home Rule. Look at Allegheny Co, where Rich Fitzgerald acts like a dictator, with zero input from what was previously 3 County Commissioners. As the CEO of Steel Nation, we make democratic decisions every day that benefit employees and the community.

Vote NO on Home Rule!

NICOLE STRIKE

Municipality: Amwell Township

Answer to question: My commitment to Washington County is guided by values and principles stemming from my background and experiences, such as solving tough problems with a positive mindset, team collaboration to find the best solutions, listening to understand, and maintaining an open mind.

BOB SABOT

Municipality: North Franklin Township

Answer to question: The Commission MUST be independent. I am Twp Supervisor in N. Franklin, not receiving a paycheck from the County. I will be your voice. Term Limits, paring costs and positions should be studied. You can’t do this as an insider or running with a slate of candidates who have personal agendas. I am running to provide you a voice and you should demand nothing less!

KRISTIN CLINGERMAN

Municipality: Mt. Pleasant Township

Answer to question: A licensed, practicing attorney, I served Washington County for 20+ years as the First Assistant Public Defender, then as Assistant District Attorney. As such, I am extremely familiar with the Washington County legal and court system. As of 2018, I am a full time Professor at Waynesburg University, where I teach undergraduate legal studies.

CHRISTINA A DEMARCO-BREEDEN

Municipality: City of Washington

Answer to Question: As a Washington County native and an attorney experienced in both the public and private sectors, I believe I possess the necessary skills to thoughtfully review the data and make a well-informed recommendation that is in the best interests of the residents of Washington County.

ERNEST J BENCHEK IIIMunicipality: Peters Township

Answer to question: Iraq War Veteran, founder of several small businesses in Wash Co., including Boord, Benchek and Assoc. Inc. Studied at Penn State, MBA from IE Business School. Supports Special Olympics & a member of the Wash. Co. Authority Board. I have been involved with Wash Co. government for the last 15-years and look forward to evaluating if what we have is truly best for our citizens.

JEFF KOTULA

Municipality: South Franklin Township

Answer to question: I have lived in the county for 48 years now and throughout my life and career here, nearly every family or business I encounter is always seeking ways to do things better, make ends meet and serve their neighbors. County government should be no different and the study commission will allow us to look for ways to maximize what we are doing right and identify areas for improvement.

DENNIS DINK DUTTON

Municipality: Buffalo Township

Answer to question: Dennis Dutton and his wife are proud to be lifetime residents of Washington County, where they also raised their three children. Dennis has worked as a small business owner in the county for over 40 years. He sits on numerous boards in the county, including the Washington Health System Foundation and the 1897 Society.

JAMES H MCCUNE

Municipality: South Strabane Township

Answer to question: During my 47 year legal career in Washington County, I have served as Washington County solicitor, and as assistant district attorney. I have interacted with every county department for many years, and I have a solid understanding of county government.

JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT RETENTION ELECTION 1 VOTE YES OR NO

Shall JOHN T. BENDER be retained for an additional term as Judge of the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania?

JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT RETENTION ELECTION 2 VOTE YES OR NO

Shall MARY JANE BOWES be retained for an additional term as Judge of the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania?

JUDGE OF THE COMMONWEALTH COURT RETENTION ELECTION 1 VOTE YES OR NO

Shall ANNE COVEY be retained for an additional term as Judge of Commonwealth Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania?

JUDGE OF THE COMMONWEALTH COURT RETENTION ELECTION 2 VOTE YES OR NO

Shall RENEE COHN JUBELIRER be retained for an additional term as Judge of Commonwealth Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania?

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