Economy Borough Mayor David Poling has lost his seat as a Democratic Committeeman. Poling (who was endorsed by the Democratic Party) was defeated by Gerald States, Chairman of a new campaign committee called “The True Democratic Committee Of Economy Borough.”
Democratic Committee people serve 4 year terms to elect the party’s Chairman and vote to endorse candidates.
Voters in Economy Borough received a sample ballot of endorsed candidates in the mail from the “True Democratic Committee Of Economy Borough” which looked remarkably similar to the official sample ballots sent out by the Democratic Party supporting their endorsed candidates for the “Economy Borough Democratic Committee.”
Many of the candidates being promoted by the “True Democratic Committee Of Economy Borough” were formerly supported by the now defunct “Bipartisan Committee For A Better Economy Borough,” including its former Treasurer Richard Lapinski who won a seat as a Democratic Committeeman tonight.
Richard Lapinski has a lawsuit pending against the Beaver Countian along with Economy Borough Mayor David Poling and Democratic Party Chairman Doc Sisk alleging defamation. Mary Jo Sivy, who is also a former Bipartisan Committee supported candidate and is also suing the Beaver Countian alleging defamation, also won a seat on the Democratic Committee tonight after appearing on a “True Democratic Committee” sample ballot.
Michelle Sovich Lapinski (also formerly supported by the Bipartisan Committee), wife of Richard Lapinski, likewise appeared on a sample endorsement ballot mailed from the “True Democratic Committee”, but lost to her opponent Audrey Mutschler by just 1 vote (according to current unofficial results by the Beaver County Bureau of Elections).
Beaver County Commissioner Joe Spanik took copies of the “True Democratic Committee” endorsement ballots to Elections Director Doreen Mandity today, expressing his belief that voters were being deceived into thinking they were casting votes for candidates officially endorsed by the Democratic Party.
Commissioner Spanik then made an appearance at a polling location in Economy attempting to clear up what he believed was voter confusion caused by the “True Democratic Committee Of Economy Borough” ballots.
Economy Borough Mayor David Poling sent out a statement congratulating Gerald States on his victory, also saying States “spent a lot of money, therefore his victory comes as no surprise to me.”