Mayor David Poling leaves the polls after casting his ballot / photo by John Paul
Mayor David Poling leaves the polls after casting his ballot / photo by John Paul
Mayor David Poling leaves the polls after casting his ballot / photo by John Paul

Economy Borough Mayor David Poling handily won reelection today, garnering 63% of the vote – his political rivals, who ran under the umbrella of the “Bipartisan Committee For A Better Economy Borough,” didn’t fair as well.

Out of the three incumbent council members up for reelection who ran as Bipartisan Committee endorsed candidates, only Larry Googins will be returning next year for another term. Councilman Donald Sivy and Councilwoman Michelle Lapinski were defeated by Frank Morrone and Patricia Skonieczny, two candidates backed by supporters of Mayor Poling.

Thomas Fetkovich beat Audrey Mutschler for a seat on council in a special election held today to replace the seat vacated by Dr. Gregory Trecha, who resigned in July. Mayor Poling had called for Trecha’s resignation at the time in an impassioned open letter to the community, following an investigative report by the Beaver Countian. Trecha was also a Bipartisan Committee supported candidate.

While Mutschler was endorsed by Mayor Poling, Fetkovich told voters that he wasn’t a Bipartisan Committee loyalist and would be an independently minded vote on Borough Council.

Now with RJ Burns, Patricia Skonieczny, Frank Morrone, and Gary Bucuren all sitting on council next year, Mayor Poling’s supporters have pulled the majority vote away from the Bipartisan Committee For A Better Economy Borough.

“The people of Economy Borough have spoken loud and clear,” Mayor David Poling told the Beaver Countian shortly after hearing the news.

An investigation by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office into allegations of election law violations by the Bipartisan Committee is ongoing. That probe was sparked after the Beaver County Board of Elections voted unanimously to refer for criminal investigation a formal complaint filed by Mayor Poling.

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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Nobama
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Nobama

Good move on the Economy voters!

whats up
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whats up

Now that this election is over.I hope that the returning members of council and the newly elected members can work together. In an honest an fair way that is in the best interest of the tax payers of Economy Boro.

Raven
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Raven

Thanks to John Paul and the Beaver Countian for providing investigative background reporting that added to there being a more informed electorate that stepped forward.

curious
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curious

thought towcimck was going to change the climate here that he was awaken, guess he drank the gin and fell asleep.

normkaster
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normkaster

Congratulations are in order for Mayor Poling and the change in council. I spoke to Larry Googins in great length yesterday at the polls. Not a bad guy at all. He told me personally he had been trying to separate himself from the council members that are at the center of this bipartisan committee for the last year. He also explained that Lapinski’s were the ring leaders of the organization and handled all their finances. I voted for Mr. Googins because I am a conservative and I believe he is committed to the same republican party values that I have. I’m certain, some rotten eggs got scrambled yesterday. I think a good team will be sworn into office in January. Never underestimate the power of the peoples voice.
The people in Economy Borough spoke and rang the bell of justice!