Challenges were mounted before the deadline against three candidates in Washington County who have filed nominating petitions in their respective primary elections.
Facing challenges are Democratic incumbent Clerk of Courts Frank Scandale; Republican county treasurer candidate David A. Borodaty; and Republican Mark Kennison, who launched a mayoral bid in Washington.
In the petition regarding Scandale, Georgiana Farkas of Washington states that the clerk of courts complied with a requirement that he file an annual statement of financial interests, but that he failed to submit a second statement in which he indicated his intention to run for the row office.
Farkas’ attorney, Sean Logue, called this “a fatal error.”
Scandale referred comment to his attorney, James Jeffries.
“What he did is not legally fatal or defective according to Pennsylvania case law and we will present that argument to the court,” Jeffries said Wednesday.
Scandale, who was elected in 2015, was the sole Democrat who filed for the row office for which Brenda Davis, former mayor of Washington, is seeking the nomination on the Republican ticket.
Mark A. Mikec of Peters Township is the moving party behind the petition filed against Borodaty that raises questions of residency and errors in his statement of financial interest.
Mikec alleges the treasurer hopeful “may not be an actual resident of Washington County, as it is believed that Borodaty maintains an address in Belle Vernon, Fayette County,” and that his voter registration as of Aug. 17, 2018, listing 600 Mary St., Monongahela, as his home address falls short of the one-year residency requirement for elected Washington County treasurers.
Borodaty said he has not lived at the Belle Vernon address cited in Mikec’s petition.
“My whole voting history has been in Washington County,” he said Wednesday afternoon. “I moved from Donora to Monongahela.”
He asked those who are planning to vote to check that their addresses are correctly recorded “so we don’t have this issue when voting in the May 21 primary.”
Mikec also claims that Borodaty filed an erroneous statement of financial interest that lists no sources of income even though his social media post states he is a co-founder of Aesthetic Implant Reconstructive Dentalplex in Allegheny County.
Borodaty, a veteran, said his income source is Social Security disability.
As to his ethics form, Borodaty said, “I’m glad they caught this mistake and brought it to my attention. I’m amending it and I’m a proponent of transparency. I want to provide the voters of Washington County with all of the information that is required.
“I recognize my omission and I will resubmit it. It was just an oversight on my part.”
He and Tom Flickinger filed to seek a Republican nomination in the May 21 primary.
On the Democratic side, Joe Manning and Lisa F. Carpenter hope to become the nominee to succeed retiring county Treasurer Francis King.
In the Washington mayor’s race, Catherine C. Strope claims that Kennison’s Republican nominating petitions contain a host of errors, such as signatures from Democrats and those not registered to vote, incorrect dates, duplicate signatures, signers who live outside of the city of Washington and multiple signatures in the same handwriting.
Strope’s attorney, Samuel Dalfonso, alleges that 88 flawed signatures should be stricken, leaving Kennison with 71 valid signatures in a contest where 100 valid signatures are required to obtain a listing on the primary ballot.
Kennison could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.
Incumbent Scott Putnam has filed as a Democratic mayoral candidate.
President Judge Katherine B. Emery has scheduled hearings on the election cases for Monday and Tuesday afternoon.
Three candidates seeking two Democratic city council nominations for four-year terms are Joseph Pintola, Trent Somes III and incumbent Ken Westcott, while Republican council candidates are Joseph DeThomas and Dana Hammond.