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.


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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.

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WTF??!!

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!

Bigbucks
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Bigbucks

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?

ricimer
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ricimer

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

Frank Oriskovich
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Frank Oriskovich

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.

BCShitHole
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BCShitHole

They been at it for two years, if you wait until it’s done you might miss election day!

Rick Plowmaker
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Rick Plowmaker

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,,.

Nick Cindrich
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Nick Cindrich

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.

John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

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.