PA Primary 2013: Candidates for Dormont Borough Offices

Candidates have filed to run for Dormont Mayor, Dormont Council and the position of tax collector.

There are no Republicans on the ballot in Dormont for the 2013 primary elections, but Democrats are running for several positions in the borough, including Mayor, Tax Collector and council members.

The Pennsylvania primary will be held on May 21.

The following candidates will appear on the ballot:


  • Richard D. Grubb
  • Phil Ross
  • Walter J. Amman

Tax Collector

  • Harvey W. Lieberman, incumbent

Dormont Council, 4-year term. Four seats:

  • Eugene Barilla
  • Sean P. Keller
  • Mary Elizabeth Andriko-Moore
  • Bill McCartney
  • Jeff Fabus
  • Matt Hamilton
  • Joan M. Hodson
  • Drew Lehman

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Matt Hamilton May 15, 2013 at 07:54 PM
I am one of the two candidates who "switched parties" from Republican to Democrat. Important to note, I have voted for a Democrat in every Presedential race since I was 18. I am pro Union. I am a social liberal, I grew up in Los Angeles for goodness sake. I was registered Repulican because I always (and still do) believe that more could be and should be done at the local level - pure economics - the 90/10 tax realization rule. Unfortunately, the Republican party (on a National Level) has decided to pursue a very different agenda. The reality is if a "True Republican" knew I voted for Obama twice, I would have been asked to leave the party. All of that said, I don't believe that speed bumps, traffic calming, attracting families, recreational facility maintenance, zoning ordinances, etc. are partisan issues. If you do, no worries - vote with your heart. The only "D" that matters to me is for Dormont, again, if you disagree that's okay - just don't believe that anyone running is 100% anything other than a person. Eugene Barilla nominated me for a Council seat when I was "R", the "True Democrat" ticket has a dually registered person on their slate running for School Board - and by the way - I don't think there is anything wrong with those actions. All the best and VOTE!
Mike May 15, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Ugh. Can we just vote for "None Of The Above" and beg Mt Lebanon or Greentree to adopt our borough?
same old story May 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM
Ed M May 17, 2013 at 11:04 AM
"If party affiliation does not matter, then why does a slate of candidates that is made up of almost all previously registered Republicans feel the need to disguise themselves as Democrats to run for office?" I love this statement! It says on the sign they are democrats.
Ed M May 17, 2013 at 11:05 AM
Why Mike? The current council is working together and if the election works out, the new one will as well.
dormont backdoor May 17, 2013 at 12:58 PM
I guess I offended someone to have my post flagged as inappropriate, too harsh and to the point. I do not understand why any past or present members of council would run for election knowing the taxpayer money they spent on lawsuits they themselves brought on the borough. Ignoring this fact, and hoping residents have short term memory, makes me realize they do not hold themselves accountable or responsible. Is this warm and fuzzy tweaked comment make the person who flagged my comment feel better?
Ed M May 17, 2013 at 01:06 PM
I'm betting they are hoping the voters in Dormont don't know about that lawsuit. For me, it just reinforces my reasons to not vote for that individual.
Mike May 17, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Wouldn't it be great if someone actually said what the lawsuit was about? Ed M - That's why I say Ugh...
Joseph May 17, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Thanks for the info. I believe the below is about the suit: http://triblive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/pittsburgh/s_37410.html#axzz2TZ812o5f http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1129&dat=20000927&id=zXZLAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3n0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6565,5550622 http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1129&dat=20010914&id=tYVIAAAAIBAJ&sjid=f3ADAAAAIBAJ&pg=3095,1375666 http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2002&dat=20010913&id=LKM1AAAAIBAJ&sjid=2rYFAAAAIBAJ&pg=3901,3252328
Mike May 17, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Thanks Joseph!
Leah Petrilli May 17, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Party affiliation did not seem to matter one iota at the October 2, 2012 council meeting when John Maggio nominated Matt Hamilton for the vacant council seat. The nomination was seconded by Eugene Barilla. On the roll call vote, Maggio and Barilla voted for Matt Hamilton but this motion was defeated 2-4. This is public information readily available for review on the Dormont Borough Website. I have been reading Matt Hamilton's posts here on the Patch. I have enjoyed reading about Matt's background and his thoughts of his vision of the future of Dormont. I look forward to reading the third installment. Thank you, Matt!
Mark Elliott May 18, 2013 at 07:38 PM
I was reading Drew Lehman's comment above about "true Democrats". Drew, I hear from others that you are always so political. Why? Don't you realize that society is so tired of this stuff, especially in a small community like Dormont? And the way you say "true Democrats" - I thought a registered Democrat was a Democrat. From the way you are talking, Republicans are "chopped liver" or something similar. It is my take that they pay taxes in town too. Why does it always have to be "us against them". I am looking for candidates who are for Dormont, who will work together and stop this political party hack stuff. I got some material today from the group, "Friends and Neighbors for Dormont" and from what I see, they make sense and they have a solid plan for our future. I have not seen this from those who say they are "true Democrats." Can anyone enlighten me?
Drew Lehman May 18, 2013 at 08:04 PM
"Mark Elliott" The ""True Democrat" piece is there to identify the candidates that are really democrats. It IS the primary on the 21st. That is the day when the Democrats run their slate and the Republicans run their slate and build towards the General Election. Except we have republicans running as Democrats. And I'm not talking about moderates I'm talking about people like Joan Hodson who posts on Facebook that President Obama "Wasn't even born in America".... Really???
Leah Petrilli May 18, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Hearsay-Definition 1. Rumor. Related words-tale, whisper, hint, disinformation, rumbling, intimidation, dirt, propaganda, scandal. Defamation-also called calumny, vilification, or traducement—is the communication of astatement that harms the reputation of an individual, business, product, group, government, religion, or nation. Most jurisdictions allow legal action to deter various kinds of defamation and retaliate against groundless criticism. Under common law, to constitute defamation, a claim must generally be false and have been made to someone other than the person defamed.[1] Some common law jurisdictions also distinguish between spoken defamation, called slander, and defamation in other media such as printed words or images, called libel.[2] Similar to defamation is public disclosure of private facts, which arises where one person reveals information that is not of public concern, and the release of which would offend a reasonable person. "Unlike [with] libel, truth is not a defense for invasion of privacy."[3][not verified in body]. False light laws protect against statements which are not technically false but misleading. [4] In some civil law jurisdictions, defamation is treated as a crime rather than a civil wrong
Drew Lehman May 18, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Right off of Facebook-- Joan Hodson commented on a link. October 8, 2012. How anyone could vote for someone who is not an American is beyond me regardless of the media. Anyone else sick of the hollywood celebs and talk show hosts who support our non American president? Now what Leah.....?
dormont backdoor May 18, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Mr. Lehman, Since you are named in at least two lawsuits, perhaps you can enlighten Mike as to what the charges are? Same for Grubb and Barilla. What educated citizen of the US of A has not criticized a local politician, state rep or even a president? Again instead of this fixation on Hodson why not tell us what you are running on? Or go up your meds!
Drew Lehman May 18, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Two lawsuits - One closed (by current council) with very strong language specifically absolving all named of any wrongdoing. One headed in that direction.... I mean really, do you think that any one of us wanted those tax dollar wasting money grabs? MAYBE you might want to point the finger the other way? I mean the current council touts how smooth things are going....well of course if you lay down and give everybody what they want things DO have the appearance of being OK. I would want a council that has the guts to ask tough questions about how your tax dollars are being spent..Don't you?
Leah Petrilli May 18, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Now what? Any lucid, mature individual would have to question your unusual fixation on Ms. Hodson. If indeed that is an actual Facebook posting, who really cares? She is simply exercising her First Amendment Right. That is exactly one of the rights that Mr. Grubb(then Borough Council President) was found liable of infringment against Michael Juzwick. This judgement caused Dormont Borough to be responsible for payment of $35,000 to Mr. Juzwick for violation of his Right to Freedom of Speech and his Right to Freedom of Religion. This FACTUAL information can be found in the Settlement Agreement and Order of Dismissal of the United States District Cout, Western District of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Division, Civil Action Number 01-310 dated February 27, 2002.
Drew Lehman May 18, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Leah, its kind of funny that you typed "unusual fixation" and then listed the well researched old news about the decision that named Mr. Grubb ONLY because he was president of council at the time.Certainly you are smart enough to know that as president of council he can't be held accountable for a decision made by the Borough Manager to keep a resident from using our facilities....
Leah Petrilli May 18, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Mr. Lehman, you may want to consult the actual court documents to ascertian exactly what Mr. Grubb did to cause the Borough to be held financially liable for HIS actions. Perhaps if he had consulted with competent legal counsel prior to his actions, specified in detail in the legal filing, the Borough would not have been held accountable for the sum of $35,000 dollars for those actions.
Diane M - Dormont Resident May 18, 2013 at 11:42 PM
Mr. Lehman, I don't know you, but in reviewing the articles in the Dormont Patch above, I don't see one single positive statement coming forth from you or your team. All you do is criticize and find fault. Even your last comment about how tax dollars have been spent, from my recollection the present council negotiated a good contract with borough employees without a big fight. The borough budget is in good shape. We need wise, peaceable leadership in this community. I don't see that happening with your team.
Drew Lehman May 18, 2013 at 11:54 PM
wise, peaceable leadership -- That is representing ALL the people of Dormont has always been my goal.
dormonter May 19, 2013 at 03:00 AM
Lehman is doing here in microcosm what he did while on council - ARGUE with people! I not-so-fondly remember him berating the entire group of residents observing a council meeting or two. I think he totally abdicated his responsibility as council member by giving the former boro manager permission - in a signed letter with the 3 others - to do whatever he wanted without council approval. Don't go backwards Dormont, unless you want any progress undone and to be a laughed at for petty and petulant politicians.
Leah Petrilli May 19, 2013 at 01:59 PM
As far as my tax dollars, why during your time on council, Mr. Lehman, did you never question the audit reports that pointed out that our tax collection procedures are so chaotic that the auditors could not reconcile the tax collector reports? One such report can be viewed here: http://www.boro.dormont.pa.us/vertical/sites/%7B14ACE961-E8A0-477D-9CC5-33FADC320FCE%7D/uploads/Audit_Dormont_Boro_DCED_2010(1).pdf I attended many meetings over the course of time, asking council why my tax dollars were being spent on frivolous and exhorbitant legal fees, and "acting" Chief of Police fees, among other expenditures. I recall poring over the warrant lists monthly, and actually filed a "right to know" to obtain records pertaining to a Borough credit card issued to Gino Rizza. Quite frankly it was like pulling teeth to obtain the records I sought, and I actually had to file an appeal to the State of Pennsylvania Office of Open Records in an attempt to find out who applied for this credit card and who authorized and oversaw its use. The filing and determination can be viewed here: http://dced.state.pa.us/open-records/final-determinations/FileHandler.ashx?ID=4055. This occured under your time on council, Mr. Lehman. I actually never did receive the answer of "who" issued to Mr. Rizza that card or who exactly oversaw its use, but I was satisfied by the evidence that current council presented to me that the credit card in question was indeed destroyed and the account closed.
dormont backdoor May 19, 2013 at 04:24 PM
wise, peaceable leadership.....that is representing ALL the people of Dormont? Really??? In an earlier post you say Hodson should be ashamed of not running on a Republican ticket. I asked the question and found out there is no Republican committee in Dormont. What you are trying to do Mr. Lehman is talk the ALL who are Republicans into thinking they have no horse in this race. I hope those small minded Republicans show up and write in names on the Republican ballot. Yes Mr. Lehman there are those of us who can think and vote intelligently. Some of us even vote who are the best people for ALL Dormont.
M. P. May 19, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Regarding Hodson's FB comment: I don't care if she doesn't like Obama or his policies. I do care that that she's bought into a tinfoil hat conspiracy theory that he's not an American. It calls into question her critical thinking skills.
Mark Elliott May 19, 2013 at 07:49 PM
Mr. Lehman, I believe you need to review Council minutes beginning in January 2012. If you were to do so, you would find that ALL significant votes relative to expenditure of tax dollars were approved by a 7-0 vote. That included adoption of the 2013 budget, approval of police, fire, street department and office personnel budgets, which while Mr. Lehman, Mr. Maggio and Mr. Barilla were leading Council were never finalized - although thousands of $$ were spent on outside labor attorney fees ( Our current Manager negotiated all of these at no additional cost to the borough), the $20,000.00 vehicle lift for the street department and, as I said, ALL other major expenditures. That sounds like we now have very responsible leadership - and that is why I am voting for the "Friends and Neighbors for Dormont" team.
Jenny May 20, 2013 at 02:02 AM
My Sundays off would be nothing without the Dormont patch comments
Ed M May 20, 2013 at 11:02 AM
""Mark Elliott" The ""True Democrat" piece is there to identify the candidates that are really democrats." Drew, Is "really democrats" sort of like what chipping does to Isaly's Chipped Chopped ham making it "hammier"? I read the court documents about Mr. Grubb, Drew, and it appears that he and not the former manager made the call. If Gino was involved, he would have been included in the lawsuit which he wasn't. " I would want a council that has the guts to ask tough questions about how your tax dollars are being spent..Don't you?" I know I do. But does that also include asking the tough questions of "the good ole boys"? "That is representing ALL the people of Dormont has always been my goal." Well, your last stint on council said volumes about this, Drew. I don't think the people of Dormont want more of the in fighting and bickering that occurred daily when you were on council. BTW, Drew, after you lose in the primaries, do you plan on running unendorsed in the general election?
Eastmont Resident May 21, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Agreed. I was saddened to see such an attempt at smear politics on a local level, and cowardly to find no address or phone number to respond. It certainly influenced my vote, but not in the way it was intended.


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