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Election to eliminate mayor, council candidates

April 2, 2011
from staff reports

Candidates for mayor and several council seats will appear on ballots in elections to be held in Follansbee and Weirton Tuesday.

The polling sites will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Wellsburg City Council has decided not to hold a primary election this year because no candidate would be eliminated. The town of Bethany traditionally holds only a general election.

But the primary election in Follansbee will eliminate one of three candidates for mayor. And Weirton's primary election will eliminate a number of candidates in races for council seats, including one representing the city's 5th Ward in Brooke County.

Vying for Follansbee mayor are: John A. Casinelli of 1015 Virginia Ave., R. Glenn Kocher of 531 Penn St., and David Velegol Jr. of 400 Heathermoor Drive. Incumbent Tony Paesano chose not to seek re-election.

Two candidates for police chief - challenger Arty Quattrochi of 540 Mahan Ave., and incumbent John W. Schwertfeger of 1083 Jefferson St. - will advance to the June 14 general election. Other elected officials are unchallenged.

Vying for the 5th Ward Council seat in Weirton are: Tracy DiBacco of 3725 Woodlawn Way, Justin Bull of 3808 Brightway St., John Brown of 3549 Lindberg Way, and George Gaughenbaugh of 3704 Riverview Drive.

George Kondik, the city's current 5th Ward Councilman; and Harold "Bubba" Miller, the city's current 2nd Ward Councilman, are vying for the position of mayor and will advance to the city's June 14 general election.

Former Weirton Councilman John Moore had declared his candidacy earlier this year but has since withdrawn. Current mayor Mark Harris chose not to seek re-election.

Also on the ballots will be candidates for the following council seat:

1st Ward: incumbent Ronnie Jones of 312 North 10th St., and challengers Charles Mitchell of 628 Titus St., and Bill Zanieski of 159 McKinley Road.

2nd Ward: Chuck Wright of 140 Grimm Way, and Eric Zaney of 101 Sherry Court.

4th Ward: Incumbent George E. Ash Sr. of 3125 Orchard St., and challenger Vacheresse Jr. of 4104 Labelle Ave.

Third Ward Councilman Fred Marsh and 6th Ward Councilman Dave Dalrymple are unopposed.

Terry Wiegel of 144 Valley Way, is unopposed as a candidate for council's 7th Ward seat. Incumbent Max Fijewski chose not to seek re-election.

Follansbee's polling sites are: 1st Ward, Follansbee Branch Library; 2nd Ward, Follansbee City Building; 3rd Ward, Follansbee Community House; 4th Ward, Robert Roksandich residence at 1299 Walker Road; and 5th Ward, Follansbee Community House.

Weirton's polling sites are:

1st Ward: Precinct 1, the station at 1500 County Road; Precinct 2: Hancock County Sheltered Workshop, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave.; Precinct 3: Dunbar Recreation Center, 300 Kessel St. (at Weir Avenue).

2nd Ward: Precinct 1, Hancock County Sheltered Workshop; Precinct 2, Weirton Healthcare Conference Center, 98 Serra Drive.

3rd Ward: Precinct 1: West Virginia Northern Community College, 150 Park Ave.; Precinct 2, the fire station at Gilson and Pennsylvania avenues; Precinct 3, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 300 Three Springs Drive.

4th Ward: Precinct 1, the post office at Mildren Avenue (enter at rear); Precinct 2, Freedom Place II apartments at 3720 Main St.; Precinct 3, First Baptist Church at 307 Homewood Ave.

5th Ward: Precinct 1, Weirton Lions Club, 3534 Williams Drive; Precinct 2, fire station on Brightway; Precinct 3, L.B. Millsop Primary School, Legion and Swearingen roads.

6th Ward: Precinct 1, Weir Middle School, 125 Sinclair Ave.; Precinct 2, Weirton Heights Free Methodist Church, 300 School St.

7th Ward: Precinct 1, Gurerra Law Offices, 3401 Pennsylvania Ave. Precinct 2, Broadview Elementary School, 189 Circle Drive; and Precinct 3, Christ United Methodist Church, 3598 Pennsylvania Ave.

Those with questions about the election may call (304) 797-8500 in Weirton or (304) 527-1330 in Follansbee.

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