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CASD to use Act 80 Day for upcoming Election; Voting for Bullskin#1 to commence at School

The issue of school safety in Bullskin Township during the Nov. 6 general election has been resolved.

The Connellsville Area School Board at its September meeting voted to make Nov. 6 an Act 80 day, meaning teachers will report for in-service training while students have the day off.

“Because we can’t find any other place for voting in Bullskin, we felt it was safer to use it as an Act 80 day,” said Francis Mongell, the school board president.

The district had taken the issue before the Fayette County Board of Elections, with no alternative found. Under state law, public schools may be used as polling places. Parents had raised concerns that voters have access to the student restrooms and other areas of Bullskin Elementary School, and didn’t feel that it was safe to have voters and students in the building at the same time.

Larry Blosser, the director of the Fayette County Election Bureau, said he was glad to hear the district was taking an Act 80 day on Election Day.

“That’s one thing that we had suggested to them when they came to the Election Board,” Blosser said.

Blosser said there had been lengthy discussions about various alternative sites, but none were available or suitable.

“It’s a rural area,” Blosser said. “Mt. Carmel Church was suggested, but it’s in Upper Tyrone. I can’t go across township lines.”

Other potential sites were either unavailable or not handicapped accessible, Blosser said.

“We tried to get the polling place moved, but couldn’t get it done,” said Kevin Lape, one of the school directors. “The board as a whole is very diligent about the safety of the children.”

Mongell said the situation will most likely arise for the spring primary as well, so the district should consider planning ahead.

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Thoughts on the Bullskin Township District #1 Polling Place Conundrum

In the wake of school safety in recent months, security in area schools have been paramount. In the Connellsville Area School District, resdidents, employees, administration and colleagues of the School District, specifically those involved with the Bullskin Township Elementary School, where voting in the District #1 takes place. It is the last school building in that district that is used for voting purposes. I can remember other district schools, in fact many of them in the city, such as the now-closed Zachariah Connell, South Side and Dunbar Borough schools and the old Industrial Arts Building (now razed) at the former Junior High West Campus in Trotter being used as voting facilities. In the 1990s, the school district carved out the school schedule for all schools to be closed on election day. About ten years ago, there was another article in the Uniontown Herald Standard that brought this issue to light, as did the Daily-Courier when it was under the leadership of its former owner. Connellsville Area School Directors said then like they say now that they wanted to stray away from schools being used as election precincts. At that time three of the district facilities were used for that purpose, Dunbar Borough Elementary and Zachariah Connell Elementary (now closed), and Bullskin Township Elementary School, thus being the lone contender.

Things have changed in the recent decade, before Dunbar Borough Closed, precincts were consolidated from four to two in Dunbar Township as the Dunbar Borough School was not conducive to voting, and the location was moved to the nearby airport at its modern terminal and consolidated with the one at Monarch Fire Department, as it too had issues. The other two precincts were separate, but essentially held in the same room, but divided by a volleyball net. One precinct was at the razed Industrial Arts Building in Trotter and the other in a residential garage in the Dickerson Run Area, as a result of the southern two being inefficient, the other two were consolidated, thus having the current two voting districts in place for the township.

A petition has been signed by not only the constituents of District #1, but also of concerned parents and guardians of the Elementary School. The school, built in 1956, has been renovated in 1998, and it confuses me as to why the facility wasn’t reconfigured for these purposes, maybe it was because the school board set the calendar each term to have those days off for voting, now that is not the case. Configuring schools for voting has happened in many area districts, like Norwin in Westmoreland County for example, where a separate entrance has been made tot he all purpose room along with separate restrooms for poll workers and others. With Bullskin in its current design you can not simply do that. While a separate entrance is provided for the election precinct, there are not accessible restrooms for poll workers. While many say put a portable toilet outside, that is simply the only issue. With the mandates of the State Government as a result of the Penn State Scandal, security at all schools across the commonwealth have been more restricted, including but not limited to ID Scanning, bag searches, etc. This could hinder the elections process and make it unique in our county as it, if the school would continue to be used, would extremely restrict the elections process in Bullskin First District.

However, moving this precinct (Bullskin #1) is a challenge for the Election Bureau as it is holds the second-highest amount of voters for the county, around 2,000. To further hamper the situation, there are limited facilities in District One where elections can be held. Several places have been checked out. One was the township building,  and it was decided by the township supervisors as being too small and not having the parking necessary. Another location was the new Masonic Hall, but it was stated that there is a group that meets there the first Tuesday of the month, and they were not willing to change. The Mount Olive Evangelical Church Fellowship hall was another consideration, however, it too wasn’t conducive. The Pleasant Valley Country Club was also another consideration, however it was mulled, due to it being under renovation currently. The election bureau stated it has to be in District 1, but as Bullskin Township is a rural township, the places are limited. Personally, I can think of a few more churches and such in the township, but many of them do not meet ADA requirements, nor do they have enough parking to hold the influx of voters, poll and campaign workers.  So my question is my followers, what do we do, the township, election bureau and school district are all searching to find a polling place before the next election in November. The election bureau would need to have another meeting to set a place in mid-September, but that is only three weeks away.

If you recall, we just had this scenario in the same municipality earlier this year, but in District #2, where voting took place at the Bullskin Township Central Fire Station. Fire Company Officials stated that it could no longer be held there, so other option were explored where it was narrowed down to either the grange building at the Fairgrounds in Wooddale or the Wooddale Bible Brethren Church, where a new gymnasium was constructed. It was decided in the nick of time that the church would be a more viable option. When the elections took place during the primary election, it was stated on the church’s Facebook Page that the their youth fellowship could not meet there as they planned to meet outside that night as they could not use the church. It rained , therefore they had to cancel the meeting. This being said, do you think the fairgrounds would have been a viable option to combine districts one and two. There is plenty of parking , the grounds are accessible to those with disabilities and there are comfort facilities.

In closing, let’s hope that the Election Bureau, Township Government, and  School Leaders can make a healthy compromise for all parties involved in this delicate process

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Set Ballot for 2018 Mid-Term Prima

US Senator, Pennsylvania – Choose One (1)

  • Democratic Party
    • CASEY, ROBERT P JR
  • Republican Party
    • CHRISTIANA, JAMES J III
    • BARLETTA, LOUIS J.

 Governor – Choose One (1)

  • Democratic Party:
    • WOLF, THOMAS W
  • Republican Party
    • WAGNER, SCOTT R
    • MANGO, PAUL
    • ELLSWORTH, LAURA

Lieutenant Governor – Choose One (1)

  • Democratic
    • COZZONE, KATHLEEN M
    • FETTERMAN, JOHN K
    • STACK, MICHAEL J
    • SOSA, RAYMOND
    • AHMAD, NILOFER NINA
  • Republican
    • CODER, KATHLEEN ANN
    • VAUGHAN, DIANA IREY
    • BARTOS, JEFFREY A
    • LUKSIK, MARGUERITE A

Representative in Congress – Choose One (1)

14th Congressional District – ALL of FAYETTE (and other) COUNTIES

  • Democratic
    • BOERIO, BIBIANA
    • PRIGG, THOMAS LEE
    • SOLOMON, ROBERT CHARLES
    • SEDLOCK, ADAM C JR.
  • Republican
    • RESCHENTHALER, GUY L
    • SACCONE , RICHARD

Senator in the General Assembly – Choose One (1)

32nd Senatorial District – ALL of FAYETTE COUNTY

  • Republican:
    • STEFANO, PATRICK J.
  • Democratic:
    • No Candidate Filed, barring any write-ins

Representative in the General Assembly – Choose One (1)

49th Legislative District

District 49 consists of Part of FAYETTE County consisting of the TOWNSHIPS of Franklin, Jefferson and Washington and the BOROUGHS of Belle Vernon, Fayette City and Newell and Part of WASHINGTON County consisting of the CITY of Monongahela and the TOWNSHIPS of Carroll, Fallowfield, North Bethlehem, West Bethlehem and West Pike Run and the BOROUGHS of Allenport, Beallsville, Bentleyville, California, Charleroi, Coal Center, Cokeburg, Deemston, Donora, Dunlevy, Elco, Ellsworth, Long Branch, Marianna, New Eagle, North Charleroi, Roscoe, Speers, Stockdale, Twilight and West Brownsville.

  • Democratic:
    • TOPRANI, STEVEN MATTHEW
    • BARLI, RANDY J MR
  • Republican:
    • COOK, DONALD

50th Legislative District

District 50 consists of Part of FAYETTE County consisting of the TOWNSHIPS of Brownsville, Luzerne and Redstone and the BOROUGHS of Brownsville and Masontown; All of GREENE County and Part of WASHINGTON County consisting of the TOWNSHIP of East Bethlehem and the BOROUGH of Centerville.

  • Democratic
    • SNYDER, PAMELA
  • Republican
    • ROHANNA MCCLURE, ELIZABETH L

51th Legislative District

District 51 consists of Part of FAYETTE County consisting of the CITY of Uniontown and the TOWNSHIPS of Georges, German, Henry Clay, Nicholson, South Union, Springfield, Springhill, Stewart and Wharton and the BOROUGHS of Fairchance, Markleysburg, Ohiopyle, Point Marion and Smithfield and Part of SOMERSET County consisting of the TOWNSHIPS of Addison, Elk Lick, Lower Turkeyfoot, Summit and Upper Turkeyfoot and the BOROUGHS of Addison, Confluence, Garrett, Meyersdale, Salisbury and Ursina.

  • Democratic
    • MAHONEY, TIMOTHY S
  • Republican
    • DOWLING, MATTHEW DAVID

52st Legislative District

District 51 consists of Part of FAYETTE County consisting of the CITY of Connellsville and the TOWNSHIPS of Bullskin ,Connellsville , Dunbar, Lower Tyrone, Menallen, North Union, Perry, Saltlick,  and Upper Tyrone, and the BOROUGHS of Dawson, Dunbar, Everson, Perryopolis, Seven Springs, and Vanderbilt. and part of WESTMORELAND county including a portion of the TOWNSHIP of East Huntingdon and the BOROUGH of Scottdale.

  • Democratic
    • KEEDY, ETHAN EARL
  • Republican
    • WARNER, RYAN JAMES

Member of Democratic State Committee – Vote for One (1) COMMITTEEMAN  and Two (1) COMMITTEEWOMAN

Committeeman

  • VICITES, VINCENT A
  • CORDARO, MICHAEL G

Committeewoman

  • DILLON, GLORIA L
  • YANTKO, RITA JO

Member of Republican State Committee – Vote for One (1) EITHER GENDER

  • CHRASH, MELANY D
  • RUMBAUGH, BRANDON CHARLES
  • CHRASH, GREGORY J
  • LOHR, DAVID A
  • PATTERSON, MELANIE STRINGHILL

County Commitees

Belle Vernon Borough

  • Carolyn Cherocci – Democratic

Brownsville Township

  • No Candidate Filed

Brownsville Borough

Ward #1

  • No Candidate Filed

Ward #2

  • Jack Lawver – D

Ward #3

  • No Candidate Filed

Bullskin Township

District #1

  • Wm. Henry Schiffbauer – Republican

District #2

  • No Candidate Filed

District #3

  • Dean Allen – Dem.Male
  • Laura Zelenka – Dem. Female

Connellsville City

Ward #1

  • Lee Winterhalter – D
  • Bob Topper, Jr. – R

Ward #2

  • No Candidate Filed

Ward #3

  • No Candidate Filed

Ward #4

  • No Candidate Filed

Dawson Borough

  • No Candidate Filed

Dunbar Township

District #1

  • No Candidate Filed

District #2

  • Sandra Lee Murray – Dem. Female

Dunbar Borough

Norman Gordon – R

Everson Borough

  • No Candidate Filed

Fairchance Borough

  • Thomas L. Tanner – Dem Male
  • Teresa M. Tanner – Dem Female

Franklin Township

District #1

  • Joseph E. Bollibon – Dem Male

District #2

  • Republican Committeemember
    • Lydia Strickler – Female
    • Marion J. Dean – Female
    • Janet Dean Trees – Female

Georges Township

District #1

  • Lloyd Moser – Dem. Male

District #2

  • Ernie Miller, Jr. – Rep.

District #3

  • No Candidate Filed

 German Township

District #1

  • Robert L. Mangold – Republican

District #2

  • No Candidate Filed

District #3

  • Republican Committeemember
    • Eugene Burchianti – Male
    • Evelyn Burchianti – Female

District #4

  • No Candidate Filed

Henry Clay Township

Democratic Committeeman

  • Daniel V. Burd

Democratic Committeewoman

  • Donna Joy Burd

Republican Committeemember

  • Kassandra Myers
  • Neil Reddington

Jefferson Township

Democratic Committeeman

  • Paul Harvey

Democratic Committeewoman

  • Hillary Redman

Republican Committeemember

  • Francy Angelo

Lower Tyrone Township

  • Democratic Committeeman
    • John L. Anderson
  • Democratic Committeewoman
    • Linda A. Cottom

Luzerne Township

District #1

  • No Candidate Filed

District #2

  • No Candidate Filed

 District #3

  • Petina Buchheit – Democratic Committeewoman

District #4

  • No Candidate Filed

Markleysburg Borough

  • No Candidate Filed

Masontown Borough

  • Republican Committee Member
    • David Wingard
    • Brian Harkins

Menallen Township

District #1

  • Barbara Rohaley – Democratic Committeemwoman

District #2

  • Republican Committee Member
    • William P. Kozlovich
    • Linda Kozlovich

District #3

  • No Candidate Filed

Newell Borough

  • Nicki M. Todaro – Democratic Committeeman

Nicholson Township

  • No Candidate Filed

North Union Township

District #1

  • Joe Beal – Democratic Committeeman
  • Pamela L. Hudson – Democratic Committeewoman

District #2

  • Patrick Livingston – Democratic Committeeman
  • Teresa Tina Allen – Republican Committeemember

District #3

  • Mark L. Martin – Democratic Committeeman
  • Sue E. Martin – Democratic Committeewoman
  • Scott R. Cully – Republican Committeemember
  • George W. Semans – Republican Committeemenber

District #4

  • Larry Koko Fetsko – Democratic Committeeman
  • Bobbi Ruggieri – Democratic Committeewoman
  • Roberta M. Show – Republican Committee Member
  • David Show – Republican Committee Member

District #5

  • Walter E. Lehman – Democratic Committeeman
  • Judy Cole – Democratic Committeewoman

Ohiopyle Borough

  • No Candidate Filed

 Perry Township

  • No Candidate Filed

 Perryopolis Borough

  • No Candidate Filed

 Point Marion Borough

  • No Candidate Filed

 Redstone Township

District #1

  • Richard Worley, Sr. – Democratic Committeeman
  • Tom Zimmerlink, Jr. – Republican Committeemember

District #2

  • Democratic
    • Committeeman
      • Ronald Dellarose, Jr.
      • Dwayne C. Thomas
    • Committeewoman
      • Patricia Patty Hennessey
      • Melinda Deal Dellarose
  • Republican Committeemenber
    • Bob Yatsko

District #3

  • No Candidate Filed

District #4

Juanita Thomas – Democratic Committeewoman

Saltlick Township

Republican Committeemember

  • Audra Cruder
  • Ronald Cruder

Smithfield Borough

  • Arley Stoker, Jr. – Democratic Committeemember

South Connellsville Borough

  • Dave Lohr – Republican Committeemember

South Union Township

District #1

  • Randall Vernon – Democratic Committeeman
  • Delores Martin – Democratic Committeewoman
  • Republican Committeemember
    • Twila K. Young
    • Robert A. Smith, Sr.

District  #2

  • Harry V. Joseph – Democratic Committeeman
  • Rose Ann Joseph – Democratic Committeewoman
  • Republican Committeemembers
    • Gregory Chrash
    • Melany Chrash

District #3

Jason Scott – Democratic Committeeman

Springfield Township

District #1

  • No Candidate Filed

 District #2

  • No Candidate Filed

Springhill Township

District #1

  • No Candidate Filed

 District #2

  • No Candidate Filed

Stewart Township

  • No Candidate Filed

Uniontown City

Ward #1

  • Dana L. Fayock – Republican Committeemember

Ward #2

  • No Candidate Filed

Ward #3

  • No Candidate Filed

Ward #4

  • No Candidate Filed

Ward #5

  • Republican Committeemember
    • Vickee B. Altman
    • Gary N. Altman

Ward #6

  • No Candidate Filed

 Ward #7

  • No Candidate Filed

Upper Tyrone Township

  • Charles B. Cook – Democratic Committeeman

Vanderbilt Borough

  • No Candidate Filed

 Washington Township

  • Joe Grata – Democratic Committeeman

Wharton Township

Republican Committeemember

  • Gail R. Carlins
  • Richard A. Carlins
Polling Place Information

Special BOE Meeting to be held on Thursday regarding the Bullskin #2 Polling Location

Notice is hereby given that the Fayette County Board of Elections will hold a meeting on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 9:00 am at the Public Service Building, 22 East Main Street, Uniontown, PA 15401, to discuss changing the location of the polling place for Bullskin Township, District 2,

from the current location at

bullskin-2

Bullskin Township VFD Social Hall
260 Keefer Road
Connellsville, PA 15425

to

0425031201-1

Bullskin Fairgrounds
Route 982
938 Pleasant Valley Road
Mount Pleasant, PA 15666

or

0417008601-2

Wooddale Bible Brethren Church
982 Pleasant Valley Road
Mount Pleasant, PA 15666.

County Board of Elections
Fayette County, PA
Angela M. Zimmerlink
Mark A. Rowan
Mark M. Mehalov

Polling Place Information

Hearing – Consolidation of Masontown Borough Precincts #1 and 2

A pettition was raised by Masontown Residents to consolidate the voting districts from two to one. Presently, the voting in Masontown takes place at the VFW Faith-McArdle Gray Post on River Avenue and the Saint Francis of Assissi Gym on West Church Street (About four-five blocks distance from each,
 
The hearing will be regarding consolidation of  the two wards, with the Saint Francis Gym being the polling place for the borough.
 
The Hearing Will take place in Courtroom No 4  of the Courthouse (61 East Main Street, Uniontown) on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 1:15 PM
09.07.17 Masontown Hearing
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National election playing havoc with local races

By Christine Haines chaines@heraldstandard.com

Published Tue Nov 08, 2016 2:15 AM EST

The presidential election is a wildcard in area legislative races, with some political leaders thinking it may help their candidates, while others doubt there are any coattails to ride.

One thing is certain — voter registration has swelled in recent weeks in both Washington and Westmoreland counties, with temporary staff brought in to help process the paperwork in a timely fashion.

In Washington County, 14,000 new voters registered in the past year, with a net increase of 10,000 voters over last year.

“Over 5,000 of those new registrations were dumped on us on deadline day. We brought in extra help. We couldn’t close out our books for the election until those were processed,” said Wes Parry, the assistant director of the Washington County Elections office.

Parry said there is one polling place change to note in California Borough. Precincts 1 and 2 will move back to the borough building to vote. Those precincts had been voting at St. Thomas Aquinas Church because of construction at the borough building, but that is now complete.

Westmoreland County Elections Director Beth Lechman said there are no changes in her county.

“We did not change any polling places this election from the last election. They’ll still have the same voting machines and we trained our poll workers the same way,” Lechman said.

Because of increased voter registration, there will be a few more voting machines in place and extra poll workers will be on hand, Lechman said. The county usually puts out 850 voting machines, but will be using about 880 this election. With 246,000 registered voters, Westmoreland County is at an all-time high.

“The margin between Democrats and Republicans is closer than it has been,” Lechman said.

The senatorial race, much like the presidential race has been contentious since the start with incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Toomey and former state Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection Katie McGinty, a Democrat, criticizing one another’s record as they crisscross the state seeking voter support.

U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Everett, will again face his primary challenger, Art Halvorson of Manns Choice, who now will appear on the Democratic side of the ballot in the 9th Congressional District race.

Although he lost the GOP nod to Shuster, Halvorson received enough Democratic write-in votes to secure the party nod.

While not on the ballot, Uniontown psychologist Adam Sedlock, who has the backing of the Democratic party, is waging a write-in campaign for the seat.

In the state legislative race, Westmoreland County Republican Party Chairman Michael Korns said he expects Justin Walsh to do well in the race for the seat in the 58th Legislative District.

“I think Donald Trump is going to do well in Westmoreland County and very well in the 58th District. I think it will help Justin, but Justin’s also been out working for himself,” Korns said.

Korns said Trump’s popularity in the county offers two advantages locally.

“It helps get more Republicans out and it also helps us in making a pitch to traditional Democrats who may not have considered us before,” Korns said.

Walsh is running against Democrat Mary Popovich, with both vying to replace retiring state Rep. Ted Harhai, D-Monessen.

Westmoreland County Democratic Party chair Lorraine Petrosky said it’s hard to predict how the national election will affect local races.

“I’ve been looking at some of the early voting and exit polls that are going on and is there going to be ticket splitting? Possibly. I’m at a loss for words on how this is going to go,” Petrosky said.

Petrosky said Popovich has had strong support in the district.

“We feel very good about Mary Popovich. She is a very good candidate and she has worked really hard for this,” Petrosky said. “You need to have cooperation in the state House and the Senate. You need people who understand compromise.”

Petrosky said as the election nears, the campaign is continuing to knock on doors and make telephone calls.

Washington County Democratic party chairman Ron Sicchitano said that’s the way campaigns are won in this region, face-to-face, with eye contact and a handshake, a technique he admits both his candidate in the 49th Legislative District, Alan Benyak, and Republican candidate Donald Bud Cook, have both been doing plenty often. The men are running for the seat held by longtime state Rep. Pete Daley, who is retiring.

“I anticipate a tight race. On Bud Cook’s side, he’s been campaigning very hard. On Mr. Benyak’s side, he’s very qualified and he’s also worked very hard,” Sicchitano said. “I anticipate a four point difference between them election night.”

Sicchitano said he doesn’t expect the presidential election to have as much impact on the legislative race as it could.

“In the presidential race they’re deadlocked right now, so there won’t be any coattails. This is an election unlike any that has occurred. They’ll be writing books about this election for years, because of the lack of civility. It’s no holds barred. It’s been in the gutter,” Sicchitano said. “There are no champions. The lesser of two evils will be elected.”

Washington County Republican Party chairman Scott Day said he’s expecting a high voter turnout locally.

“There seems to be a lot of energy for Trump in this area and I think it’s going to help the local Republican candidates on the ballot,” Day said.

Day noted that the state Republican committee has also taken an interest in the local races, particularly the race for the 49th Legislative District.

“Bud has not raised near the money Benyak has, but the state Republican Committee has pumped a lot of money into that race as well. They feel it’s a seat that can be won,” Day said.

For his part, Day said, Cook has been working the district hard, knocking on an average of 90 doors a night, expecting to reach some 21,000 households before Tuesday.

Day said the Republican Party has been gaining momentum in Washington County, gaining steadily on the Democrats who had enjoyed a 3-to-1 registration advantage over the Republicans 30 years ago.

Day said the current ratio is 1.2-to-1, with the registration rapidly approaching the point where the two parties are even. Day said that growth is also showing in the number of Republicans being elected to the state legislature from the county.

“We’ve done quite well over the past five to six years,” Day said. “A lot of the people who are moving into the area for the oil and gas industry are Republicans.”

Day said he is hoping on the national level for a decisive victory for one side or the other, not a vote decided by a slim margin that will result in challenge after challenge.

“We’re going to be bogged down in lawsuits. It’s nothing I want to see. It’s going to be a long, drawn-out affair,” Day said.

Voters will also pick the state’s next attorney general, auditor general and state treasurer, and decide whether the state’s constitution should be amended to allow justices serving at the Supreme Court level, along with other judges and magisterial district judges be permitted to serve until the age of 75. The current retirement age is 70.

The polls will be open today from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.