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A Democratic Candidate for a spot on Aliquippa City Council will be forced to decline office or quit his job due to provisions of the Pennsylvania Third Class City Code.

Robert Rager, who won the Democratic Primary and will appear on the ballot in the general election this fall, fails to qualify for office due to his employment status with the Aliquippa Water Authority. Provisions of the Pennsylvania Code which regulate Third Class Cities, including Aliquippa, forbid employees of the city from serving as members of council. Section 1001 of the code states in part that no “officer or employee of said city, or of any department thereof, nor any member or employee of a municipality authority of which the city is a member, shall serve as a councilman during his continuance or employment.”

Sources inside of the Democratic Party told the Beaver Countian that Rager attempted to resign from the race earlier this month, but was unable to take his name off of the general election ballot because the deadline to withdraw was August 11th. Party sources say Aliquippa Democratic Chairman Eugene “Salt” Smith was seeking to appoint Matthew Mottes to replace Rager on the ballot.

Robert Rager is expected to decline office if elected in November, leaving the new council to appoint a replacement for him in January.

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John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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My suggestion is to stay with the Water Authority.

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My suggestion is to stay with the Water Authority.

Ivan E.
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Ivan E.

Apparently the democratic committee does not know the rules. They never had to read them since you could run a dead guy on the ticket and they would win.

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Make no mistake about it, they know the rules! They just don’t think that those rules apply to them!

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Society Is In Trouble

Matthew Mottes ?? Is he gonna sucker punch everyone on city Council ? Can not stay out of the bars, constant drunk. Habitual fighter, only if he can get away with it

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3 ring circus, Georgie, Chuckie started it, who is going to end it ? lol not 1 of them reside in quip, cant figure it out , why does anybody want to run for any office there ? i thought they are not paid positions, or maybe they are ! just sayin