In the race for mayor, Paul Cusick ran away with the election leading with a strong 53% majority. Joe Scioscia competed hard but was unable to overcome Cusick. Jane Braunlich’s desperate attempt to overcome her devastating loss in the primary ended with an even more disastrous defeat.
Similarly, Jane’s husband Mike Braunlich wound up finishing far behind his competitors Henry Lenard and Kathy Coder in the race to represent Ward 1 on Bellevue Council. Henry and Kathy will join current Council President Linda Woshner as the three Ward 1 Representatives.
The election in Ward 2 was all but decided back in May’s primary. Without any known challengers, Matthew Senvisky and Vencent Menosky will join Frank Camello as representatives of Ward 2.
The competition over the single available seat in Ward 3 came down to the wire with incumbent Lynn Heffley holding onto to her seat by a difference of 39 votes (not including a few potential write in ballots). Grant Saylor fought hard in his challenge of Heffley, but ultimately wound up short. Heffley will continue serving alongside Mark Helbling and Jim Scisciani representing the third ward.
Perhaps one of the most dramatic elections of the year was found in the race for the four available seats on the Northgate School Board. After barely achieving a spot on the ballot as a result of a tie with Dan Klicker in the primary, Bryan Johnston defeated the incumbent and will join Amy Joy Robinson, Lisa Saylor, and Jennifer McWilliams as brand new faces on the school board.
Joe Nolan was unchallenged in his bid to remain Bellevue’s tax collector. However, his son Michael Nolan launched a last minute write in campaign to assume the role of Bellevue Auditor. Even though write in ballots must be verified by Allegheny County, noting 85 write ins for Auditor one can only assume Nolan was successful in being elected.
Liberty in Bellevue congratulates all who were victorious in their pursuit to serve our community via an elected office. We are thrilled to have played a part in this year’s election cycle and look forward to the progress which should come as a result of the changes the voters have made. There is much to be optimistic about due to the decisions made and we firmly believe Bellevue will be a better place as a result.