We’re still over a year away from the primary elections for county row offices but the races are already heating up! Here’s the latest from my reporter’s notebook.


Beaver County Prothonotary Nancy Werme has announced she will not be seeking reelection and I’m starting to hear names of people who may be lining up to replace her.

Politicos say Werme will be backing her Second Deputy Prothonotary Pamela Laird to fill her seat on the Democratic ticket, but also say there will likely be another name in the Democratic race.

Shannon Smith of Aliquippa currently works as a Constituent Advocate for Republican Congressman Keith Rothfus but started working in the Congressional District under Democrat Jason Altmire; I’m told by politicos she’s been energetically expressing interest in running to replace Werme when the time comes.

No word yet on who may be making a go at it on the Republican ticket.

Connie’s “Mini-Me” vs The Return Of Tom

Democratic Treasurer Connie Javens has hired a woman who some politicos say she hopes will replace her as County Treasurer when she retires at the end of next year.

Janice DiMaggio is the wife of Bob DiMaggio, former proprietor of the Willows Inn along Route 68 in Industry. Janice took a job with Javens after her husband sold their lodging and banquet facility to local real estate tycoon CJ Betters in 2016.

Politicos in the county have been jokingly referring to DiMaggio as Javens’ “Mini-Me.” I’m told she hasn’t officially decided whether or not she’ll be running for County Treasurer, but if she does, politicos say she won’t be the only Democrat in the race. Sources say long-time Conway Borough Tax Collector Lori Bohach is definitely planning a run for County Treasurer on the Democratic ticket next year.

Politicos tell me the survivor of a possible DiMaggio v. Bohach Democratic face off won’t be guaranteed a seat in Connie Javens’ posh courthouse office if the Republicans have anything to say about it. Retired entrepreneur and self-made millionaire Tom Leydig — who nearly defeated Connie Javens in the last election — is said to be considering a second run at the seat again next year.

A Race To Replace Lozier

It’s official — attorney Gerald Benyo has changed his registration from Republican to Democrat in preparation for a run for District Attorney in 2019. The party change will likely put him head-to-head against attorney Teddy Knafelc in a Democratic primary next year before a charge toward incumbent Republican District Attorney David Lozier — Politicos say Teddy is already looking for a Campaign Chairman and Treasurer so he can open up his campaign committee.

Benyo raised some eyebrows when he attended a recent Democratic Congressional Candidate forum at the IBEW hall in Vanport Township, accompanied by no other than Republican Commissioner Sandie Egley.

Republican Sandie Egley has already come out in favor of Democrat Wayne Kress over incumbent Republican Sheriff Tony Guy and time will tell if she may endorse Benyo over Lozier as well.

Egley has announced she won’t be running for reelection but I’m told that doesn’t necessarily mean she won’t be heavily involving herself in next year’s county elections.

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.


  1. How the hell did Janice DiMaggio get hired into the county?! She’s a fucking millionaire for crying out loud! She’s already fucking the tax payers for health care when she can damn well afford to pay her own premiums herself! Might as well vote for the Hamburgler! These fucking people have no moral compass, at all!

    • Well, isn’t Laird in Prothonotary office a millionaire too? And what’s with Laird parking her BMW in handicap parking? Why do Laird and DiMaggio need taxpayers to support them?

  2. Moral compass what is that. This is Beaver County being corrupt filth has become a way of life for these people.

  3. I am not even going to think about the elections until after the State Police and FBI are done with their investigations to see who is left to vote for.

  4. The stuff you all cry about is common institutional stuff ALL OVER AMERICA….. NO ONE is immune to this…. JAVENS is a name that makes Beaver county a black hole… the World is no different anywhere you go…. every county has a BossHogg and a Sorrel Book to play the part,… Tony Guy the new Roscoe P. COLTRANE….. get the hell out while you can,,.

    • I left 35 years ago. Could not stand the hypocracy and immorality. It’s nice to sit back and finally see this come to light. Although plenty have been there and slipped the net.

  5. Janice DiMaggio is daughter of John Martino as in Martino Trucking, as in Martino Inc, ad in Cutrona Coal and Ice. She worked at Beaver Trust Co on Brighton Ave before The Willows.

  6. I do not vote for money men or money women who are just going to rock the county for paychecks and benefits as a hobby to pass the time. I do not vote for candidates because of a familiar name or someone I think is being juiced in through the old establishment. Besides Benyo for District Attorney, I will vote for any common worker or person of the common means unbeknownst who needs, wants and will value working for, and serving the taxpayer. Vote good and vote often people. Keep your hands on the throttle and your eyes on the rail.

  7. The Willows is where Signore parked his car while making gambling trips to W Virginia with Court Administrator Flippi. Connie Javens, world acclaimed Heart of Spades suddenly hires and maybe endorses Janice Martino DiMaggio “former owner of said Willows” to replace her. CJ Betters purchases said Willows, being the same person CJB the Queen of Spades seeks help from to re-establish county employment for daughter Renee Zuk in form of failed attempt to apply pressure to county commissioners. If it’s me reading the signs, I’m seeing some kind of pattern between county officials and The Willows. Is DiMaggio being poised to do the bidding for Javens and Associates in the Queens absence to preserve some “not up to snuff” former and present practices? I don’t know. As an advisor I have to say, if you are not sure who these people are, maybe the best course of action is to tread carefully.

  8. Sometimes I believe in as many as least six impossible things before breakfast. If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there. I give myself very good advice but I very seldom follow it. Damn the Queen! Damn the Mad Hatter!


  9. Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness is in danger. I yield back my time.

  10. We are fed straw vote names of potential stall mate candidates and shown new political stable horses being groomed for the next farm show at the Animal Farm House on Third Street. It’s not an election. It’s the sterile animal husbandry sludge being rolled out by incumbent dung beatles to advertise and replenish itself.

    Fuck the incumbents and their attempts to persist through their bastard offspring. You people are pieces of shit legacies , and you deserve nothing more than to be driven out forever in infamy and never seen or thought of again.

    • Helter Skelter … oops, did those dung beatles record the white album. Just hadtadoit, now don’t get all upset …. It’s a Joke. I know how valuable an asset you are, as you have told us often. Most enjoy your commentary.

      • Thanks. I didn’t know you cared. These dung beetles are the occupants of a county kakistocracy — government by the worst, least qualified, unscrupulous people — that is at least 50 years old. Now, we are faced with a return of some of them or their offspring, being tailored for the jobs without any consideration of an election. That should scare or disgust anyone, knowing what we do of them. That is bad. And they deserve no respect, just the most biting vitriol one can summon up.

  11. The arrogance of these row officers knows no limits. Who do they think they are that after plundering our taxpayers coffers they are permitted to anoint their successors? Pompous, self serving assholes taking care of only Family & Friends Inc. I will not vote for one incumbent this time around. Raven, spot on and you also John Q. Better to take our chances with new blood than be duped again by the “parties'” groomed lap dogs. These row offices need a thorough airing out and sunshine shed upon them to find out how badly they f-cked us over the last 50 plus years. Insiders will only perpetuate the inbreeding of the species. They are born into royalty (so they think) and are raised by corruption and thievery. They know no other way. Hard work and ethics? Hell no. VOTE THEM ALL OUT ONCE AND FOR ALL. Maybe the grand jury will have a lot of input in what happens over the next two years. They are our last best hope to save the taxpayers’ and this financially strapped county. Don’t believe the bullshit in the BC Sports, Entertainment and crickets rag parroting Sleeper and Coneheads bullshit that all is okay with the county finances. They’ll both be gone before the shit hits the fan. JP, could you let them know that the state police were at Alighetto mayors office all day yesterday? I’d like to see them spin us a yarn about what happened. Right out of Lisa Micco’s Fairy Tales.

  12. An unknown, fresh underdog that knows nothing about politics or government may not be any better, but they sure as hell can’t be worse. All these politicians started somewhere. Someone from modest means that will appreciate the position. The present government is an outrage and disgrace even by standards such as Nigeria or Somalia. Taxpayers to the government should be no different than customers to a business, they are golden, that’s where the money come from. We should be treated accordingly.

  13. I’d like to know if DiMaggio’s position was advertised. How is Javens able to hire whom she pleases, as it suits her agenda? DiMaggio’s pedigree proves her connections to the scoundrels at the courthouse.

  14. Marsha, I always check the Employment Opportunities on the Beaver County Government website and I have never seen the job advertised. Her husband was/is working at Beaver Lakes Country Club the last time I was there. He would always greet us when our organization had a meeting at the Willows.

    • Life after the Willows, Her in the courthouse and him at Beaver Lakes…that just fucking greed and networking for connections. Plain and simple.

    • Next thing ya know there will be an influx of Martino’s and DiMaggio’s friends and family penetrating the county payroll. I do already believe that Martino Inc. has been contracted by the county for different jobs for years now.

  15. Jessica Chastain, in a SNL skit, asks “What even matters anymore?” Because Trump just makes shit up to get through the day and prepares to lie again tomorrow.

    So too, with these local clowns who really don’t give a flying donkey dong about anyone but themselves. If they just orchestrate replacements for themselves, does getting all hot and bothered here even matter?

    I look to Wayne Kress, Gerald Benyo, Tom Leydig, and an honest judge or two, to answer that by running and winning. And, to the PSP, FBI, IRS and AG to work their magic like Merry Maids and clean houses. John Paul can one day write the Pulitzer Prize winning best seller about the corruption from beginning to end. Then, we can put down our phones, shut off the computers, take a break, and all go to a deserved year-long sailing vacation to Bora Bora.

    • “the PSP, FBI, IRS and AG to work their magic like Merry Maids and clean houses.” Work their magic? They all work together. The PSP, FBI, IRS and AG all have someone they are loyal/beholden to in county government. One is no better or more/less trustworthy than the other. It’s not magic, it’s timing. And appearance. Same as with Trump. They and we know they got him. They just need to figure out when and who not to charge. How would it look if they took them all down at the same time? Time and appearance. And sheep. Sit still, be quiet till they figure out how to leave you fucked but happy.

  16. And the Oscar for Best Dramatic Acting goes to: the officials in Aliquippa who are quoted in today’s (3/4/18) Times as being absolutely shocked by the search warrant issued by State Police. They claim they had no warning, had no idea that they would be barred from entering their offices. Such drama, such acting…one wonders will there be a sequel.

    • It’s like the first three words in the Bible, Wise Owl, “In the beginning…”
      It all starts there, has always started there, and will until the Rapture carries them all away.

  17. You all are full of yourselves. If you think you can do a better job at treasurer then you run for it. As for DiMaggio, you again are misdirected in your woeful comments. You all sound more like a petulant child than a person with something to say. Just complain about the success of others as you dwell in you own misery.



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