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Dormont-Brookline Patch: 2012 Election Guide

Here's a look at local candidates running for office in November.

As we look ahead to November’s elections, Dormont-Brookline Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.

Here are the local races:

Erin Molchany vs. Chris Cratsley for PA House District 22

One of the biggest races in Brookline this November will be between Democrat Erin Molchany and Republican Chris Cratsley, who will compete to represent Pennsylvania's 22nd House District.

In April's Democratic primary, Molchany, of Pittsburgh's Mount Washington neighborhood, defeated former Baldwin-Whitehall School Board member Martin Michael Schmotzer.

Cratsley won the Republican nomination, but lost to Schmotzer in a special election at the same time to fill the once-vacant 22nd District seat. Schmotzer is currently filling the remainder of former Rep. Chelsa Wagner's term, from which she resigned when she became the Allegheny County Controller.

Dan Deasy Uncontested for PA House District 27

Incumbent State Rep. Dan Deasy, of Westwood, is running unopposed for the 27th District House seat he currently holds.

Deasy, a Democrat, was elected to the House of Representatives in 2008. He has partnered with the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania to address blighted communities in this area. He also serves on the Land Recycling Task Force.

The 27th District includes the communities of the Keystone Oaks School District.

Mike Doyle vs. Hans Lessmann for PA Congressional District 14

Incumbent Mike Doyle, of Forest Hills, is serving in his ninth term in the U.S. Congress and has been the 14th District representative since 2003.

Doyle, a Democrat, and Republican Hans Lessmann, who has an optometry practicein Edgewood, are vying for the seat.

The 14th District includes Brookline and Beechview.

As a result of legislative redistricting, Dormont also will fall under the 14th district as of Jan. 1, 2013. Dormont residents will vote as constituents of the 14th district in the Nov. 6 election, and as such, will be voting in the Doyle vs. Lessmann race.

Here are the state and national races:

U.S. PRESIDENT

Republican: Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor.

Democrat: Barack Obama, incumbent U.S. president and former U.S. senator from Illinois

Libertarian: Gary Johnson

Green: Jill Stein

U.S. SENATOR FROM PENNSYLVANIA: (Click here to read the election story)

Republican: Tom Smith, Armstrong County

Democrat: Bob Casey, the incumbent U.S. senator from Scranton, Lackawanna County

Libertarian: Rayburn Smith

STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Republican: David Freed, Cumberland County

Democrat: Kathleen Kane, Lackawanna County

STATE AUDITOR GENERAL

Republican:  John Maher, Upper St. Clair, Allegheny County

Democrat: Eugene DePasquale, York County

STATE TREASURER

Republican: Diana Irey Vaughan, Nottingham Township, Washington County commissioner

Democrat: Robert McCord, incumbent state treasurer, Montgomery County

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MSgt. John DeLallo October 14, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Thanx, Erin, for the article. I'll be posting my picks about 2 weeks before the election, but in the meantime, take a look at www.foac-pac.org and simply click on the zone you are in (most of us are in Zone 1) to find our endorsed candidates.
T&B T November 03, 2012 at 12:38 PM
John is a veritable trove of good information. I think you may also be a fellow NRA member too. :)
MSgt. John DeLallo November 04, 2012 at 06:25 AM
Absolutely not a member of Not Relevant Anymore. Their state liaison officer has fouled up legislation in Harrisburg far too many times. I've put 100% of my effort into a Pennsylvania grass roots organization called FOAC; Firearm Owners Against Crime. See us at www.foacpac.org. I shredded my NRA card right after NRA cut a back room deal with Senate leadership that spelled the death of HB40, the Castle Doctrine. Once Gov. Corbett got into office, he said "bring it", and HB 40 was signed into law without the interference of the NRA. I was there and have photo's. I was also in the Capitol rotunda when NRA rep announced "his" plan. NRA has turned to selling wine, cancer insurance, and god knows what else in order to keep the lights on. They have to pay LaPierre's obscene salary, reported at around 1.2 million bucks a year. If YOU were getting paid that much, would you really want the gun issue to go away? I can keep you up to speed. Send me a private message at wop2_99@yahoo.com, and I'll be certain to give you example after example of the NRA compromising away the right to keep and bear arms.
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 07:50 AM
On the ballot for the Presidency, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green). Make a special note to remember to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson and Dr. Jill Stein to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 03:16 PM
"Support for Kill List and NDAA make Obama and Romney Unfit for Office" Read more: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/reawakening-liberty/2012/nov/2/support-kill-list-and-ndaa-make-obama-and-romney-u/ See if there is a clear winner to our Presidential Election 2012. Make a special note to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party Presidential candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green), to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1
Lisa Jones November 06, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Voting for Liberatarian Gary Johnson or Green Jill Stein is a vote for Obama.
Lisa Jones November 06, 2012 at 01:37 AM
I will NOT vote Mike Doyle for US Congressman of PA 14th District because he voted, without debate, for every policy that has negatively impacted our economy, our future, and our way of life. He was Nancy Pelosi's lapdawg and his head still bobs up and down for Obama. I had the opportunity to ask Mike a question regarding my concerns as a teacher that no provisions were made for special needs childrens in ObamaCare at an AFL-CIO/AFT/PFT sponsored invitation onlyTownhall meeting in the summer of 2009. Needless to say, Mike openly acknowledged that he DID NOT read the bill and could not answer the question without the help of John Tarka, then President of PFT. John handed Mike the response that he downloaded from FACTCHECK.ORG in real-time to read. He claimed, with Tarka's help, that special needs children care will be covered under Medicare. However, when I tried to explain that my question was not adequately answered since cuts to Medicare by $500Million were planned, Tarka yelled at me to shout up and to sit down numerous times. Mike doesn't deserve your vote. He definitely doesn't deserved to be paid with our taxdollars. Might as well just burn your money. You'll get more for it...a little light and heat. By the way, Mike helped Green Technology get the PPS Connelly building for $135,000 using "stimulus" money. I vote for Hans Lessman. As a father of a special needs child, he understood my concerns. He promises to read the bills.
Lisa Jones November 06, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Gary or Jill would be more effective by either becoming a Republican or Democrat. A third/fourth party only skews and throws the vote. Obama proved that he will not listen to the will of the people. I believe that Romney will, and if he doesn't, then vote him out.
Katherine November 06, 2012 at 02:05 PM
MUST read: "Support for Kill List and NDAA make Obama and Romney Unfit for Office" http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/reawakening-liberty/2012/nov/2/support-kill-list-and-ndaa-make-obama-and-romney-u/

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