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.