April 01, 2015

Sheriff David Continues Interviews As Candidates Begin To Campaign

Joe Namath with Roger Kowal (candidate for Sheriff) / submitted amateur photo

Joe Namath with Roger Kowal (candidate for Sheriff) / amateur submitted photo

Beaver County Sheriff George David is continuing a media blitz following his acquittal at trial, as candidates who will be running against him have already begun a campaign to unseat him.

George David, along with his Solicitor and political crony attorney Myron Sainovich, gave interviews to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review last week which were published in today’s paper. “I think I gained more support,” David told the Trib. “Because everything that was brought up in court was a lie, and the jury saw it, and I was found not guilty.”

David announced he was running for reelection the day he returned to office, following months spent on house arrest for violating the conditions of his bond on three separate occasions.

Beaver County Democratic Party Chairman Doc Sisk also spoke to the Trib, saying Democratic Committee members were “all over the map” in their support or opposition to David.

Meanwhile, reporting by the Beaver Countian shows a growing list of candidates have already begun to campaign against David. The primary election for Sheriff doesn’t take place until May 19, 2015.

Economy Borough’s Roger Kowal was at The Club at Shadow Lakes over the weekend at the invitation of Chairman Sisk, where he rubbed elbows at an event attended by football star Joe Namath. Kowal, an officer at Penn State Beaver, announced his candidacy for Sheriff earlier this month.

Donna Knopp of Brighton Township was in Ambridge over the weekend where she gave a lecture on human trafficking to a group of young people. Knopp, a former deputy, announced her candidacy for Sheriff last October. She abruptly retired following twenty-five years of service to the county after she said Sheriff David tried to get her to lie about one of the department’s secretaries.

Knopp has already donated $1,000 to the Democratic Party to help them pay for an event, and has made other donations to show her commitment to the county, including to the Beaver Falls Crime Watch program, the Woman’s Shelter of Beaver County, and to various church events around the area. Knopp has said she believes David is a racist and a misogynist, and party insiders say she has committed to spending a large sum of her own money to campaign against him and restore integrity to the office she dedicated her life to.

Perhaps most notably over the weekend, retired Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Wayne Kress of Center Township was spotted golfing with Commissioner Tony Amadio and Warden Bill Schouppe as part of a foursome at an outing benefiting the Antoline Memorial Foundation. Kress has also confirmed a run for Sheriff, and multiple sources inside of the Democratic Party say he’s the early establishment favorite to take David’s place. Commissioner Amadio has not publicly commented about Sheriff David since the controversies involving him began, but party insiders say “he’s done with David” and is expected to back Kress in next year’s election.

Wayne Kress attended David’s criminal trial to show his support for members of the law enforcement community who were attempting to bring him to justice.

Sheriff David has a “not guilty victory party” scheduled for August 17th at Center Stage to celebrate his acquittal at trial, in what may go down as one of the most bizarre political events in county history. The party will feature live entertainment, and David has been bragging he’s expecting a crowd of 700 to attend. David has been personally calling politicos throughout the county inviting them to join him at his celebration.

The Beaver Countian will have sources at the function and will be reporting on how many people show up and who makes an appearance to back incumbent Sheriff George David.

Donna Knopp (left / photo by John Paul) | Wayne Kress (right / photo via Facebook)

Donna Knopp (left / photo by John Paul) | Wayne Kress (right / photo via Facebook)

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29 Comments

  1. Profile photo of JoeDoe
    JoeDoe

    @Michelle..You got that right!!!…@Lindsey..you said a mouth full, it’s time for a new “Sheriff In Town” and Roger Kowal has my vote!!! :)

     
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  2. sd

    Sure, now it’s time to buy his cronies. The “David money” comes to surface again. When in doubt, buy your friends. The ASSHOLE is done. Yes we have to wait for the next election but his legacy will go down as a COMPLETE DISGRACE !!!!!!!!!!!!

     
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      eddiemerchant

      See this article highlights exactly how an unpopular incumbent gets re-elected. Already you’ve got 3 declared challengers, and I’d bet more to come. So the challengers cannabalize the anti incumbent vote and the incumbent wins the primary with a plurality of his parties votes.

      So you end up with a democratic incumbent facing a Republican challenger. Do we really want to trust the Beaver County electorate to vote out a democratic incumbent (no matter how unpopular or unfit) by casting an affirmative vote for a republican?

      This is the one time party commitee people actually need to do their jobs, and hold the county leaderships feet to the fire. Leadership needs to ‘thin the herd’ of challengers before the primary. Promise whatever you need to promise to get challengers to drop out so that what’s left is a singular choice in the primary between the incumbent (whose supporters will certainly vote in a bloc) and a lone challenger.

       
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  3. just thoughts

    @ eddie merchant

    If it wasn’t for democrats no republicans would get in, proof jim Marshall it took a national scandal for Veon to lose and democrats crossed over to vote for Marshall. Then sewer the democratic party caused with Senate seat ti replace Lavalle opened door for Vogel and sane scenario for CHRISTIANA he would of never won if it wasn’t for democrats voting for him.

    The trouble now some for got that and make all democrats out to be dirty thieves, like some democrats make out republicans as wannabe rich, bible toaters and hillbilly gun bearers that hate gays.

    I think MARSHALL has done as excepted a simple rank and file guy who is more democrat, it’s obvious the unions all endorse him.

    Vogel has done beyond in the Senate seat thus far and I’m pleased

    CHRISTINA has been huge disappointment more like Eddie Haskel, and is in bed with BETTERS and the old circle that ran democrats before he is the new Veon.

    Nichols got my vote last time but not a next time he must go, his private sector view is over the top and some business mind needs to be used but he is delirious and has wasted more money just RECENTLY his failed attempt to buy his campaign treasurer building fir 350k, his reason good investment and expansion of courthouse are you kidding me thought we wanted to streamline and cut waste he thinks a hiring boom in county gov going to take place.

    If republicans play cards they can switch Nichols out, and win a sheriff seat, by not dividing themselves going over board and running full ticket thins support and convoluted field begins, but the ultimate prize they have chance to win would be district attorney seat.

    But they will run young kids looking for jobs won’t be able to agree on one candidate that’s strong for DA or judge and leadership will go over board and in the end it won’t happen.

     
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      eddiemerchant

      I would hope that you were correct, but cannot share your faith in the voting public. A clearly jaded view for sure, hardened by a near perfect record of voting for losing candidates, my sense is that the general public really is pretty stupid, with the average person possessing less than average intelligence.

      If you look at the machinery of the political parties, they’re constructed in a way that would seem to endorse my jaded viewpoint. You’ve got local commitee people who circulate in the neighborhoods telling their neighbors whose petitions to sign, and then just in case they forget, are standing at the polls with pieces of paper that their neighbors can carry into the polls with them.

      These are the same people who acquitted the sheriff, they were most certainly a jury of his peers. I’m not inclined to trust this same population group to resolve this issue on their own at the ballot box.

      Time for the political ‘bosses’ to resolve this in advance of the primary. This is what the famous ‘smoke filled rooms’ were all about, and for once I want these hacks to do something worthwhile.

       
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    Raven

    Another chapter in the local Godfather movie. Buffers for the Don, a Consigliere in residence, judges in the pockets, fake cops “gunning down” the opposition, a guarded estate, a court appearance by the Don on money and threat charges, the brother brought in from the old country to silence the testimony, childhood friends become the new Capos, women consigned to the background, favorable news articles in the local paper, regular appearances for the “faithful” at the Mother Church, a party at the family estate to celebrate the wedding between family and politicians, money from the protected interests, guns, graft, and a “legitimate” face to the public. All that is left is for the aging Don to rack insecticide guns with his “grandson” Toady among the garden Sunflowers and drop to the ground in a symbolic death. Organized crime? No, not in this backyard. “I didn’t want this for you, Michael, I didn’t want this for you”, he regrets. And Michael steps into power at the next election.

     
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    Raven

    Apparently, the “County” — whoever that applies to — has a nepotism disclosure form that is to be used in hiring. Could someone post that here? Is it binding or disregarded? Can someone explain the nepotism policy as it relates to those hired in the Courthouse offices? The BCT has an article related to this, but has little in the way of a full explanation or links to other hires not directly mentioned in the story. Since it is the BCT, I have to assume that there is more to it.

     
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  6. Mikeyt

    The republicans can’t find anyone to run for any row offices let alone Commissioners office, I heard Nichols is the only one running in the spring. Joe, Tony, and Dennis all need to go!

     
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  7. YA SURE

    Oh yes I’m sure George David has friends, you know the ones that got all those free gun permits and free service with county money and county time thanks to the TAX PAYERS….I’m thinking about Donna Knopp and Roger Kowal one of them will get my vote I will not listen to To Tony Amadio and his Center Township people just because he’s from Center he wants to bring in all his friends. Maybe a woman this time….JUST SAYIN…DONNA KNOPP…..

     
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  8. tom dishler

    IF THE DEMOCRATS DON’T BACK HIM HE WON’T WIN BUT IF THEY DO HE WILL BECAUSE MOST OF BEAVER COUNTY PEOPLE THAT VOTE ARE OLDER AND HAVE VOTED DEMOCRAT NO MATTER WHO IS RUNNING. WE NEED NEW PEOPLE IN OFFICE IN THE COURTHOUSE THIS OLD REGIME THAT HAVE BEEN THERE FOR WAY TOO MANY YEARS . BEAVER COUNTIANS PLEASE GET OUT AND REGISTER AND VOTE THESE IDIOTS OUT OF OFFICE

     
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  9. Name*

    So…big party on the 17th at his buddy Eddies place at the Center Stage. Please, please, someone get a picture of Georgie by the “Steppin Out” mural near the toilets…

     
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    wheresmemoney

    I looked closer at each of these candidates for the sheriff’s race of 2015. George David brings too much baggage. Even the fact, he was acquitted, my opinion is, people don’t trust the sheriff anymore. Donna Knopp, very nice gal! Investing a lot of money into her campaign.
    I just don’t believe county will vote for woman Sheriff.

    Wayne Kress is impressive as a retired state trooper, but he’s too politically aligned to the politico’s already just like the Sheriff, only the Sheriff’s political friends are the old powers at be.

    Which brings me to Roger Kowal. I think if this guy can get the money behind him he’s the front runner. A Sheriff isn’t just someone with a badge who runs a department in the county. It’s more of a public figure head than anything. I see Kowal in that position. This guy worked all over the county as a street cop. He knows beaver county people. He’s been involved with all kind of youth organizations. If you Google his name, he was a star athlete. Kowal’s name appears in the local media; always in a positive light. I’m in contact with people from all areas of this county in my profession and I’m hearing Roger Kowal is known and liked by anyone I’ve been in contact with. Plus the ladies- I’m told, think he’s a good looking, all American type of guy, that’s important too in elections.
    Kowal is the strongest contender. Now he needs the bucks to take him to the Sheriff’s office.

     
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    medinfo2000

    George David, as quoted in the Trib:
    “I think I gained more support… because everything that was brought up in court was a lie, and the jury saw it, and I was found not guilty”.

    Allow me (as one of the three “public” attendees of the trial) to say, maybe in Georgie’s opinion. In MY opinion all that means is that it wasn’t proven beyond a reasonable doubt, thanks to a sharp defense lawyer.

    Plus, ALL the people mentioned in ALL the news articles, including the BC Times (when they do report), can’t be wrong ALL the time. And please, there is NO “Get George” Conspiracy.

    Supposedly, the local Democratic Party is NOT backing George. There are enough people saying they are running that, unfortunately, they may split the votes enough that George may win with his “family and friends” backing him. IF the Party is serious, they better gather the candidates and back ONE. (For my vote, pick Wayne Kress. In MY opinion he is the most qualified and has the right background).

    And as far as George’s “not guilty victory party”, I’m gonna pass. (Although, I did hear they’re serving Georgie’s favorite food – finger food.

     
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  12. 76wita95

    RODGER KOWAL,

    IS ON AMBRIDGE SCHOOL BOARD FOR THE LAST EIGHT YEARS.

    AND IS A DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEMAN, WHICH WOULD MAKE HIM APART OF THE ……POLITICO….. CIRCLE……..

    WAYNE KRESS ISN’T HE NEVER HAD DEALING WITH POLITICS OTHER THAN VOTING AND KNOWS TONY AMADIO FROM BEING HIS SCHOOL TEACHER THIRTY YEARS AGO..

    DONNA KNOPP IS ANOTHER GOOD CANDIDATE AND TRULY IS THE MOST E EXPERIENCED CREDENTIALED PERSON HAVING TWENTY FIVE YEARS IN SHERIFF DEPARTMENT.

    EITHER WAY KRESS OR KNOPP BOTH VERY STRONG BACKGROUNDS AND CLEAN RECORDS NOT TIED TO POLITICS

    BOTTOM LINE GEORGE DAVID MUST GO…..

     
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      wheresmemoney

      @76wita95,
      Donna Knopp worked at Westinghouse then went into the Sheriff Department. Her ONLY experience is the Sheriff’s Department. NO police work. The Sheriff department are high paid security guards – that’s it. So I question all the experience you mention.
      Wayne Kress – another Center Township/Monaca/Hopewell person. Why is he favored by all the Center/Monaca/Hopewell/ politico’s? Because like everything else in the county, THEY want a hand in area of that courthouse for control. Sorry, that’s the facts. Before Amadio throws his shoes under somebody’s bed, let’s hope he’s still going to be commissioner in 2015. Ok guy, but he’s a ghost employee collecting a nice paycheck.
      Joe Spanik is solid for another win. If he were smart, he needs to plug into Roger Kowal to pick up votes on the “OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER”!! He’d finally have enough votes to be number UNO commissioner.
      Roger Kowal is popular on school board. He’s known all over “THIS SIDE OF THE RIVER”. So what if he’s a Democratic Committeeman, he’s not politically aligned to anyone. That’s a fact.
      Your support obviously is to any Monaca, Hopewell, Center, person. No doubt must be something in it for YOU. County isn’t going to stupid in this next county election like most of you and your cronies are counting on. The Sheriff could win this because of your favorite candidates will cut up the vote on that SIDE OF THE RIVER. That being said, maybe if you and your cronies want Sheriff gone support Kowal!

       
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    normkaster

    Roger Kowal is a good man. Knew the late John Kowal who is Roger’s Father. I know why people are already downplaying Roger. If Roger or his family happens to read these comments; take some advice from an old guy who’s taken a few strolls in politics back in the day. Notice all a sudden the negative comments and the thumbs down numbers next to voting for Kowal comments or comments portraying Roger Kowal as a strong contender? Notice that? Anybody?
    I happen to know that’s very good for Roger. I might be a older, but need to add, a very wise one. Haven’t seen the lead horse in any race not take a beating from the opposition. If Roger Kowal was a hill of beans, nobody would be writing a damn bad word against this fellow. Roger, this all very good. Their scared of you already and you just shot out of the starting gate. All very good signs indeed.

     
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  14. 76wita95

    @wheresmemoney

    Bingo you hit the nail on the head with, police experience…..But not so fast my friend.

    1. Sheriff’s office is that an office that serves the public, it’s only protecting is park patrol and courthouse doors and that’s a little over board.
    They serve more so the courts, post properties, transport prisoners, serve warrants ect.

    NOT POLICE PROTECTION, THAT BEING SAID

    I mentioned Knopp and Kress as you put it I’m aligned with candidates on certain side of river, ummm I mentioned 2.

    KRESS yes from Center , yes other side of river
    Now your geography class is going to begin.
    Knopp is from Brighton Twp which is opposite side of river from,center, monaca,aliq, and hope

    Now actually the sheriff slot isn’t really worth the effort to fight for it has no real county SWAG, other than beinga political post. But the current tyrant that’s in it now has disgraced himself, department and taxpayers and must go.

    Actually the safe bet is DONNA KNOPP 25 years of sheriff department experience and the operations of OFFICE. WOULD make safe quick transition

     
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