North Union Township

Supervisor 6 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. D / Ron Landman / 1,554 / 99.36%

Tax Collector 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. D / James M. Mari / 1,206 / 64.39%’
  2. R / Theresa Tina Allen / 665 / 35.50

Auditor 6 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. D / Donald C. Santore / 1,423 / 99.23%

Auditor 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. D / Lawrence McLaughlin / 977 / 55.86%
  2. R / Stephanie Matthews / 772 / 44.14%

Voter Turnout-  Township of North Union

Ballots Cast: 1.915
Registered Voters: 7,094
Voter Turnout: 26.99%

North Union District No. 1


Judge of Election 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. D / Armand J. DeFrank, Jr. / 295 /99.66%

Inspector of Election 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. D / Gwendolyn O. Ridgley / 290 / 99.66

Voter Turnout – North Union District #1

Ballots Cast: 389
Registered Voters: 1,687
Voter Turnout: 23.06%

North Union District No. 2


Judge of Election 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. Charles M. Gibbs – 650 – 99.69%

Inspector of Election 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. D / Betty Nicklow / 404 / 59.50%
  2. R / Laureen Livingston / 275 / 40.50%

Voter Turnout – North Union District #2:

Ballots Cast: 763
Registered Voters: 2,287
Voter Turnout: 33.36%

North Union District No. 3


Judge of Election 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. Lisa Costolo / 8 / 53.34
  2. Lyn Andaloro / 1 / 6.67%
  3. Jacque Guthrie / 1 / 6.67%
  4. H.P. Mogilles / 1 / 6.67%

Inspector of Election 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. D / Mary M. Klink / 139 / 99.29%

Voter Turnout – North Union District #3:

Ballots Cast: 211
Registered Voters: 707
Voter Turnout: 29.84%

North Union District No. 4


Judge of Election 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. R/Roberta M. Show / 312 / 99.68%

Inspector of Election 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. R/Roberta M. Show / 294 / 99.66%

Voter Turnout – North Union District #4:

Ballots Cast: 434
Registered Voters: 1,998
Voter Turnout: 21.72%

North Union District No. 5


Judge of Election 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. June Sherman / 16 / 88.89%
  2. Dorothy Pede / 1 / 5.56%

Inspector of Election 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. Dorothy Pede / 14 / 82.35%
  2. June Walkos / 1 / 5.88%

Voter Turnout – North Union District #5:

Ballots Cast: 118
Registered Voters: 415
Voter Turnout: 28.43%

North Union Township

In North Union, Ron Landman will likely become the next township Supervisor for six years, barring any write-ins.

Incumbent James M. Mari retained his seat as tax collector, defeating Theresa “Tina” Allen by a margin of 1,204 to 664.

Donald C. Santore received the seat as six year auditor.

Lawrence McLaughlin will likely become the four year auditor defeating Stephanie Matthews by a 977-770 margin

Armand J. DeFrank and Gwendolyn O. Ridgley will become Judge and Inspector of Elections in District 1 respectively.

Over to District 2, Char;es Gibbs will become Judge of Elections, while Betty Nicklow defeated Laureen Livingston by a 404-275 margin for the spot.

Down to District 3 where a write in contest will tell the fate of the Judge of Elections, however Mary M. Klink regained the seat as Inspector of Election in District 3

Roberta Show in District 4 attained the seat for both the Judge of Election and Inspector of Election, this will have to be ironed out by the election bureau at a later date.

A Write-In  Contest will have to tell the fate of both the Judge of Election and Inspector of Election out in District 5.

North Union Candiate List

North Union Township  
Supervisor – Six Year Term – Vote for One    
Ron Landman  
Tax Collector – Four Year Term – Vote for One  
James M. Mari Theresa Tina Allen  
Auditor – Six Year Term – Vote for One  
Donald C. Santore  
Auditor – Four Year Term – Vote for One    
No Candidate Filed for either party for this office  
District 1  
Judge of Election – Four Year Term – Vote for One  
Armand J. DeFrank, Jr.  
Inspector of Election – Four Year Term – Vote for One
Gwendolyn O. Ridgley
District 2  
Judge of Election – Four Year Term – Vote for One  
Charles M. Gibbs Charles M. Gibbs  
Inspector of Election – Four Year Term – Vote for One  
Betty Nicklow Laureen Livingston  
District 3  
Judge of Election – Four Year Term – Vote for One  
No Candidate Filed for either party for this office  
Inspector of Election – Four Year Term – Vote for One  
No Candidate Filed for either party for this office  
District 4  
Judge of Election – Four Year Term – Vote for One Judge of Election – Four Year Term – Vote for One  
  Roberta M. Show  
Inspector of Election – Four Year Term – Vote for One  
  Roberta M. Show  
District 5  
Judge of Election – Four Year Term – Vote for One  
No Candidate Filed for either party for this office  
Inspector of Election – Four Year Term – Vote for One  
No Candidate Filed for either party for this office

North Union Election Election Update

In North Union Township the November election will see Democrat Ron Landman against Republican David Hughes. Landman defeated three other Democrats to win the nomination. Ed Jobes received 327 votes, Larry Russman had 206 votes and David Molchan captures 155 votes. Hughes was the only name on the Republican ballot, where he received 210 votes. Landman received 131 write-in votes and Jobes got 27 write-ins.

For tax collector it will be Democrat James Mari against Republican Theresa Allen. Mari was the only Democratic candidate. Allen defeated Mary Jo Susano-Chisler 204-193 on the Republican ballot.

Republican newcomer Dowling reflects on political race

State Rep.elect Matthew Dowling continues to savor his election night victory.
The sea of Republican red that washed over Fayette County on election day paved the way for the small Uniontown business owner to overcome the odds of besting an incumbent Democrat.

Dowling said that all along he was cognizant it would be an uphill battle to unseat veteran and popular lawmaker — state Rep. Tim Mahoney, D-South Union Twp. — when he set out on his first political journey.

However, it had been done before.

County transition to GOP

In 2014 with the retirement of iconic Democrat state Sen. Richard A. Kasunic, the local stage was set for political newcomers to emerge. Then-Democratic state Rep. Deberah Kula opted to seek the senatorial seat, with many believing she would have no problem moving into the position.  However, Fayette County businessman and community leader Pat Stefano, a Republican, stepped forward to challenge Kula and won. At the same time, Republican Ryan Warner won a place on the ballot and squared off with a well-known
Democratic leader, Perry Township Supervisor A.J. Boni for Kula’s representative’s seat. Warner was victorious in his first political bid and won a second term by defeating Democrat James Mari in last week’s general election.

Last year, the county commission moved from a Democratic majority to a Republican majority with Dave Lohr joining fellow Republican Angela M. Zimmerlink on the board.
With the foundation set, Dowling had many reasons to be optimistic.

Dowling enters the race

As he looked at the demographics and how, in his opinion, the county had not flourished under the leadership of the Democrat Party, Dowling said he saw an opportunity and seized it. “I think this year — more than any — citizens were interested in new blood and new ideas,” he said. “I was personally extremely frustrated during the (2015 state) budget standoff that lasted six months.” While his nonprofit business employer was not substantially harmed by the impasse, Dowling said he was cognizant of agencies that were in jeopardy of providing needed services for senior citizens and others. “School districts had to take out a line of credit because of the budget standoff,” he said. “I think we could have come to a better and quicker solution.” Dowling said that he also saw the success of Stefano, R-Bullskin Township, and Warner, R-Perryopolis, in their efforts to elicit aid from Harrisburg for their constituencies, despite their short time in office. With the support of his family, the GOP community and his two mentors, Dowling embarked on his challenge to defeat Mahoney who was seeking a sixth term as the 51st Legislative District representative. He seized on what he saw as Mahoney’s shortfalls. “Rep. Mahoney had become — in some ways — a one-issue candidate,” said Dowling of Mahoney’s push for school consolidation. “We needed to look at other issues as well.” While not opposed to consideration of some consolidation of services, Dowling said an all-encompassing
measure is not feasible. “School boards should come together and figure that out for themselves,” he said.

As he knocked on the doors of those within the district, Dowling said he found that residents, too, were concerned about other issues, including the drug epidemic and the shortage of jobs. Although he had to sell himself to the constituency, Dowling credits his successful campaign to those that guided him through political maze like Stefano,
Warner and Somerset County state Rep. Carl Metzgar, along with the state GOP and the House Republican Campaign Committee, which offered financial help. “The Commonwealth Partners of Entrepreneurs were involved in the race using individual expenditures, meaning they were placing signs, paying for online advertising, and even running radio commercials without coordination or knowledge of the campaign,” he said. “Grassroots efforts, such as door knocking, sign coordination, phone banking, and coalition organization was handled by the Fayette and Somerset Republican Committees, and some 80 individual volunteers, many of whom had no previous involvement in political campaigns.”
Dowling, himself, visited or called upon 10,000 residents during the months leading up to the election. Volunteers made 4,000 calls, mailed 7,000 letters on behalf of the campaign, with ProLife volunteers distributing 2,500 pieces of literature just days before voters went to the polls.
“While much has been said about the mail pieces paid for by the Republican Party of PA, this campaign had a great deal of support at the grassroots level,” said Dowling. “It would have been impossible to share the message of my campaign without all involved.”
Efforts show results In early October, Dowling said the campaign began to see a shift as likely voters began to tie his name to the race. The needed connection was made,
he said, but would it translate into a win? “I knew our campaign had done everything it could, and made every contact possible,” he said. “Running a campaign is like a job interview. We made our case the best we could. “It was now going to be up to the voters to make the decision.” The 51st Legislative District includes portions of Fayette and Somerset counties. Mahoney took Fayette County by a 10,148 to 9,989 vote, with Dowling overcoming the deficit in neighboring Somerset County and adding to the total count. According to unofficial results, Dowling secured 3,282 votes to Mahoney’s 1,573 ballots.
Blue to red Warner, meanwhile, said the overwhelming Republican win developed at the federal level and trickled down to the state level as voters became weary of
the liberal agenda touted by the Democrats. “Whether it be Gov. (Tom) Wolf’s proposal for the largest tax increase in the history of Pennsylvania or President (Barack) Obama and (former)  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s public war against coal and natural gas, (those agendas) do not align with southwestern Pennsylvania,” said Warner.
“Most residents in Fayette and Westmoreland counties are conservative and believe in traditional American values. “They are not going to back a candidate, or a party, that supports and advocates for illegal immigration, supports higher taxes on the working class, supports jobcrushing regulations from the EPA (federal Environmental Protection Agency) or attacks our Second Amendment rights.”

Ready to serve

Dowling, meanwhile, said the outcome not only gave him the win, but also a mandate to make a difference. When he goes to Harrisburg, Dowling said he will focus on the two major issues of concern of those that elected him to office. “(Concerning the drug issue) I think that comes down to funding law enforcement,” he said. “And, we need to find the best way to provide treatment. “When it comes to the drug epidemic, I don’t think there is going to be a one size fits all approach. “It is going to be an uphill fight that is going to take awhile (to address).” Dowling added that the discussions with the residents revealed, too, that a level of corruption exists because of the long-domination of the Democratic
Party, and it must end. “There are effective people in office that deserve to be reelected,”
he said. “I learned how hard it is to come in as a newcomer and try to get someone’s
ear.” He found that in some instances, the barriers could not be broken.
“I had people that were afraid to donate to my campaign,” he said. “We need to clean up any corruption that exists out there.” Dowling will go to Harrisburg on Dec. 1 to begin the transition process. He will take the oath of office on Jan. 3.

Warner defeats Mari in 52nd District race

Mike Tony Updated 6 hrs ago

Incumbent Republican state Rep. Ryan Warner, R-­Perryopolis, appears to have secured a second term serving the 52nd Legislative District in the state House of Representatives.
The unofficial tally from Tuesday’s general election showed Warner with a comfortable victory over Democratic challenger James Mari, a North Union Township tax collector.
With 61 of Fayette County’s 80 precincts reporting and 277 out of 306 districts in Westmoreland County reporting, Warner had 11,772 votes to Mari’s6,446 votes, giving Warner approximately 64.62 percent of the vote.

Mari said Tuesday night that he had conceded to Warner’s campaign.
“When I was elected last time, I promised the constituents of the 52nd District I wouldn’t take the perks of the job,” Warner said. “I declined a state car, a state pension and per diems.”
Mari attributed his unofficial loss to what he characterized as Trump’s popularity in Fayette County.
“The Trump supporters, that’s all it was,” Mari said.
The 52nd District includes the city of Connellsville, Bullskin, Dunbar, Lower Tyrone, Menallen, North Union, Perry, Saltlick and Upper Tyrone townships and Dawson, Dunbar, Everson, Perryopolis, South Connellsville and Vanderbilt boroughs, as well as the Fayette County portion of Seven Springsborough. It also includes Scottdale borough and part of East Huntingdon Township in Westmoreland County.
At a forum hosted by the Herald­Standard, Greene County Messenger and the Mon Valley Herald­Standard in conjunction with the Fayette Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 14, Warner said he supported a bill to require monitoring when people try to get refills of certain pain killers to curb the supply of drugs on the streets. Warner also said property taxes should be reduced or eliminated and that pension reform would help with education funding.
Tuesday night, Warner attributed his unofficial win to his blue­collar background and the fact that he was not a politician prior to taking the state representative’s office.
At the Oct. 14 forum, Mari said House Bill 76 would eventually eliminate property taxes and that raising the sales tax is fair because everyone would pay it.
Warner was first elected as state representative in 2014, succeeding Deberah Kula, a Democrat

State House Election Results (11:30 PM)

49th District:

  1. Donald”Bud” Cook (R)- 13, 354- 54.26%
  2. Alan Benyak (D)- 11,259- 45.74%

50th District:

  1. Pam Snyder (D)- 10,875 – 52.72%
  2. Betsy Rohanna-McClure (R)- 9,7 54- 47.28%

51st District:

  1. Matthew Dowling (R)- 8,090- 54.26%
  2. Tim Mahoney (D) – 6,825- 45.74%

52nd District:

  1. Ryan Warner (R) – 11,772- 64.62%
  2. James Mari (D)- 6,446 – 35.38%

State House Districts Preliminary 

Representative in the General Assembly

49th Legislative DistrictCounty Breakdown



    Votes: 11,259



    Votes: 13,354

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50th Legislative DistrictCounty Breakdown



    Votes: 9,926



    Votes: 8,690

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51st Legislative DistrictCounty Breakdown



    Votes: 6,825



    Votes: 8,096

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52nd Legislative DistrictCounty Breakdown



    Votes: 6,446



    Votes: 11,772

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Election pits Warner against Mari, Mahoney against Dowling


Voters heading to the polls on Tuesday also have several local elections in which to cast their votes.

In the race for the 52nd District’s seat, Republican incumbent Ryan Warner (Perryopolis) is facing Democrat James Mari (North Union Township).

Mari is North Union Township’s tax collector. He and his wife, Tracy, have two children, Rachel and Michael.

During his primary race against Lloyd Williams, Mari told The Daily Courier that he had hopes to fix some of the problems facing the district.

“Property taxes are too high for people to pay, especially the elderly on a fixed income. Drugs are tearing our families apart. Politicians in Harrisburg care more about stopping someone else’s plan than offering solution of their own,” he said. “I want to work to fix these problems and be a true representative of everyone in the 52nd district.”

Mari said his goals if elected are to work with state and local government officials to “bring manufacturing jobs that pay a living wage.”

“There are too many people elected to office today that forget why they are there. You are there to be a representative of your district,” Mari said. “That being said, we need to find ways to overcome the partisan road blocks that are controlling state government.”

Mari’s opponent, Warner, told the Courier that he believes that the major issue facing the area is jobs.

“Maintaining the jobs we have, and attracting new employers to our region must be our top priority. We need to look towards the jobs of the future, but we must also ensure domestic energy jobs are able to effectively compete in the world marketplace,” Warner said. “I am supporting and promoting policies that encourage job creators to remain in our region, and new employers to come here. We have a work force that is second to none in Fayette and Westmoreland counties. However, it is common sense that if we have higher taxes, more burdensome and onerous regulations and more hurdles to jump over than other states, companies will take their jobs elsewhere.”

Warner addressed the ongoing opioid crisis plaguing the area.

“During my first term as state representative, I’ve worked hard with like-minded legislators and local community leaders to try to address this issue from the roots of the problem,” he said. “First, we must be tough on the harden drug dealers preying on local residents and put them behind bars. That’s part of the solution that we need to take back our streets.”

Next door in the 51st district, incumbent Democrat Tim Mahoney (Uniontown) is facing Republican Matt Dowling (Uniontown).

Mahoney’s focus during his tenure as state representative has been education and youth. In a recent press release, Mahoney announced that he had worked to help Albert Gallatin and Uniontown school district to receive $25,000 in grants for security cameras.

“All students deserve to learn in a safe, secure environment, and these state funds help ensure that the sanctity of the educational experience in our public schools is preserved,” he said.

Mahoney has also been a vocal supporter of the idea of creating a countywide school district. Additionally, he discussed opioid abuse issues.

“We all know this problem has gotten bigger and bigger, and it’s reached crisis proportions, not just in Fayette and Somerset counties, but throughout the commonwealth,” Mahoney said in an October press release. We also know the standard 30-day treatment approach isn’t sufficient time to help people kick the habit.”

Dowling’s platform also focuses on education and opioid abuse.

“I have two children, a three-year old and a four-year-old, I hope the education they receive affords them the same opportunity I had to return to our community after school, and to live and thrive in our region,” he said. “That said, educational funding needs to become a priority and with that we have to focus on pension reform.”

Dowling said he believes that the drug epidemic is one of the biggest issues the area faces, along with the need for jobs.

“Combating the opioid and heroin epidemic will take a comprehensive approach. That means helping local law enforcement get the resources they need to deal with drug crime as well as procure and utilize Narcan. It means working with healthcare providers to ensure that the opioids being prescribed are truly necessary, to find alternative treatment options, and strictly penalizing doctors who are found guilty of wrongly prescribing these drugs,” he said.

“Finally, we must bring together our schools and drug addiction and treatment specialists to help prevent drug use in the first place.”

Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 8 p.m.

Tony Sonita is a Daily Courier staff writer. He can be reached at 724-628-2000, ext. 111, or at

52nd District H-S Editorial Board Endorsement 

Two years ago, Ryan Warner of Perryopolis became the first Fayette County Republican in recent years to win a race for the state Legislature. He surprised many by defeating Perry Township Supervisor A.J. Boni for the seat in the 52nd Legislative District.

Now, Warner is running for re-election and he’s being challenged by Democrat James Mari, the tax collector for North Union Township. They’re squaring off in next Tuesday’s general election

Warner is campaigning on his opposition to Gov. Tom Wolf’s spending plans, noting that state government must learn to live within its means. He contends that residents in the 52nd District simply can’t afford to pay any more in taxes.

Mari said he wants to help residents in the 52nd District, noting many of them are struggling. Mari said he believes his experience as a tax collector would prove beneficial as a state legislator.

The two participated in a forum last month at Penn State Fayette, the Eberly Campus, where they expressed their views on a variety of issues. They differed on the opioid crisis with Warner saying the main problem is with the supply of opioids. He added that methadone and suboxone shouldn’t be used to treat addicts, because that’s just substituting one drug for another.

Mari said parents and schools should educate their children about the dangers of drug use. He said he would work with police to combat drugs, and he supports long-term rehabilitation.

Warner was also outspoken about the need for pension reform, claiming that money that should go for the education of students is being used instead for retirement costs which are spiraling out of control. While Warner said he didn’t agree with everything that Donald Trump has said during the campaign, he vowed to support him in the presidential election. Mari said he’s undecided about which candidate he’ll support.

The board believed that Warner did much better at the forum than Mari. They noted that Warner was very informed about the issues and was articulate in expressing his views. The board was impressed in particular with Warner’s views on the opioid crisis, agreeing with him that methadone and subuxone aren’t long-term answers to the drug-addiction problem.

The board said Mari, on the other hand, gave short answers, failing to provide any details on his solutions to the state’s woes. Overall his performance was lackluster. He simply couldn’t compare to Warner, either in style or substance.

The board noted that Warner has come a long way in a short period of time. Since taking office two years ago, they said that he has embraced the job of a state legislator, becoming knowledgeable with all the statewide issues facing residents in the 52nd District.

For that reason, the board endorsed Warner for a second term in the state Legislature.

The 52nd District includes the city of Connellsville; Connellsville, Bullskin, Dunbar, Lower Tyrone, Menallen, North Union, Perry, Saltlick and Upper Tyrone townships; and Dawson, Dunbar, Everson, Perryopolis and Vanderbilt boroughs in Fayette County, along with portions of East Huntingdon Township and Scottdale Borough in Westmoreland County.

The salary for the position is $85,339