My phone rings off the hook, here are some random things from my journalist’s notebook!


Candidates Are Outing Themselves

Petitions are now officially circulating for this year’s county elections, which means it’s time for potential candidates to start outing themselves.

– Attorney William Braslawsce, who flirted with the possibility of running for either common pleas judge or district attorney, says he’s out of the running entirely. Braslawsce is now said to be considering another run for magisterial district judge when Tim Finn’s term expires.

– Tom Leydig is out. Leydig (who ran an unsuccessful campaign for treasurer against Connie Javens in 2015) had been holding meetings this year with Commissioner Sandie Egley about the possibility of forming a “reform ticket” in the Republican party. While Egley followed through with her plans to announce a candidacy for treasurer, Leydig ultimately decided against a corresponding run for controller.

– Attorney Gerald Benyo caused something of a stir in the courthouse last week when he walked into the Bureau of Elections and picked up a stack of nominating petitions. It looks like he’s out now too. Benyo had considered running for district attorney as part of the “reform ticket” being plotted by Leydig and Egley, but with Leydig out so is he.

Tom Leydig picking up nominating petitions in the Bureau of Elections earlier this month / submitted photo

Slappy’s VICE

VICE News shadowed Darcelle Slappy as she recently attended a course hosted in Beaver County by the National Democratic Training Committee.

Slappy ran an unsuccessful Democratic campaign for state rep last year against incumbent Republican Aaron Bernstine. VICE’s piece, published just last week, gives an interesting insight into one defeated candidate’s thought process while contemplating future political aspirations.

“Darcelle Slappy got crushed in 2018 … She got schooled by Bernstine, who in an unusual move won the Democratic primary through a rare write-in campaign, meaning he had the nomination of both major parties.”

Ya, it’s worth a read.

Does Slappy decide to run for Beaver County Controller or make another go at Bernstine’s seat? Find out:

The Sessions Where Working-Class Democrats Learn to Take Down the GOP


Christiana’s CAMPaign For Commissioner

As I’ve previously reported, Republican Commissioner Dan Camp has enlisted former state rep Jim Christiana’s new political consulting firm to help run his re-election efforts this year.

Christiana, who was elected Chairman of the Beaver County Republican Committee last month, is wasting no time giving Beaver Countians a taste of what’s in store for them this election cyle.

Republican commissioner candidate Jack Manning did not retain Christiana’s firm and has vowed to run a positive campaign, while Christiana has Camp coming out swinging in all directions. Here’s a taste of what Camp’s campaign has to say about Commissioner Sandie Egley:

“UNFORTUNATELY, and in spite of the public’s clear message, the new board Chair ran county government in the same dysfunctional, selfish, and reactive manner that plagued our county for decades. Dan was faced with the realities that the Courthouse Circus hadn’t left just yet, and the misuse of the Chair position was stopping the voters from getting the change they demanded.”

You can read the rest of Christiana’s CAMPaign for commissioner in all of its glory at Vote4Camp.com.

Screenshot from Commissioner Dan Camps re-election site.

Nether, Netherland

Republican party officials are openly backing Cebran Netherland’s candidacy for county treasurer.

Republican Committee Chairman Jim Christiana signed off on Netherland’s nominating petition, and Vice Chairman Ralph Flara has been arriving early at the party’s petition drives to ensure Netherland’s are front-and-center.

Along with petition support, Netherland has also been seen being literally embraced by Republican Sheriff Tony Guy’s wife Sylvia. (Back in 2016, Sylvia’s public huggings of Democratic Treasurer Connie Javens while she was under investigation by Republican District Attorney David Lozier were widely discussed in law enforcement circles).

With Commissioner Sandie Egley’s campaign for treasurer being shunned by party officials, she’s begun scheduling her own petition signing events in an effort to secure a place on the Republican primary ballot. It remains to be seen whether or not she can draw a crowd, with her first big test coming this Tuesday at the Chippewa Hot Dog Shoppe.

Egley got into the courthouse with Christiana’s support, time will tell if she can stay there with him now actively working against her.

Commissioner Sandie Egley (left, photo by John Paul), First Deputy Treasurer Cebran Netherland (campaign photo)

Sheriff Tony Guy Launches Re-election Website

Beaver County Sheriff Tony Guy has officially launched his re-election website.

“I kept every promise and did everything I said I would. But we can do even better.”
– Tony Guy

Another Christiana creation, the website can be visited at SheriffTonyGuy.com.

Screenshot of Sheriff Tony Guys re-election website.
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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Himjim365
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Himjim365

This whole county has become a laughingstock. No wonder that young people choose to move away or don’t become involved with local politics, all the same whether or not if they are Democrats or Republicans. Sadly nothing changes in these backwaters. No one mentioned in these articles are worth their weight in poo poo. With the possible exception of Darcel Slappy because she hasn’t been tainted yet.

John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

I am sorry to hear that Benny is not running because he is the best man for the job and would have no problem getting elected by a landslide. I hope he reconsiders.

In regards to Camp, the only thing swinging with him is his dick. He is the very definition of a swinging dick.

In regards to Sandie Egley, she will win the election hands down, no questions. When she becomes Treasurer I hope she fires that little fucker along with his ten dollar wrist watch he wears.

I will vote for NO INCUMBENT except Egley for Treasurer.

SpeakTheTruthToo
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SpeakTheTruthToo

Then make sure you attend her ballot signing at The Hot Dog Shoppe in Chippewa and bring a few friends and neighbors. She needs people to come out in droves.

Uncle Wah Wah
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Uncle Wah Wah

What makes Egley a great choice for Treasurer aside from the fact that the other guy isn’t? You have to offer more than that. What’s her background that tells you that she would be good at this work?

This is why the Courthouse is an ongoing shitfest.

Disgruntled
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Disgruntled

Uncle, it’s not your personal knowledge in the field that makes you successful, it’s having the foresight and leadership to recognize the needs and fill them. I look at Luckow as a prime example. Egley was responsible for hiring him as the Financial Administrator, and he was the ideal choice. I believe she will hire capable people into the treasurers office, and this time, no one can sabotage the hire like Camp and Amadio did with Luckow. Who do you think the other candidate would hire?

Uncle Wah Wah
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Uncle Wah Wah

No, you are wrong here. These are professional positions that need strong knowledge of the duties. Look at the Friendship Ridge mess. A complete lack of procedural control, quality control and the ability to see what wasn’t followed in short order. Nobody recognized it for months, which tells me that they had no idea how it should be done and no idea of how to see that it wasn’t being done correctly. A lot of very basic , fundamental steps that could have dealt with that including something as simple as someone going over the bank statement once in the previous year. Unfortunately, I don’t think incumbents OR challengers look very promising in too many of these races in Beaver County.

The most capable people that I have seen in county government in the last several years are that young woman in charge of recycling and the fellow in charge of the Tourism & Recreation. They have talked publicly about their department, it’s functions and how to do things to make it work better. The others? Just very public backbiting and piss fighting.

Raven
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Raven

Maybe Benny is saving his run for when he has a calmer personal life going for him. It will be better for him and us. After all, a Benny saved is a Benny earned.

John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

True, very true Raven. Ya gotta love Benny.

Gerald Benyo
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Gerald Benyo

Lol Raven. I’m good. Divorced and free from all personal drama and now only have courthouse drama to address.

I have four years of being me and being able to address individual.wromgs in the criminal.system. My latest is an 82 year old woman with no prior criminal record (except for 1 driving citation) who was charged with theft for picking up $2 dollars off the counter at sheetz and using it on the lottery machine. She basically had a ‘senior moment’ and now she is facing misdemeanor criminal charges even though she offered to pay the money back immediately when she realised what she did. I’m thinking Jury Trial.

AccordingtomeSays
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AccordingtomeSays

Excellent idea. They’ve probably already offered a plea deal including $100 fine, paying court costs, 1 year of probation and ARD. They don’t care about what the Canon says regarding a prosecutors responsibility to seek justice rather than a conviction. Instead, they care about getting her money and that plea deal will bring about two grand into their cash register. So make them earn it and make them prove that she had the mens rea (intent) necessary to commit the crime that she was charged with.

Question for Mr. Lozier – is this the type of crime that you’re cleaning up that you think is going to get you reelected? You better think again.

Ricimer
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Ricimer

But tony Guy and his friends go unpunished for there crimes. Go after the elderly widow who mistakenly took a couple of dollars.

John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

Tony Guy’s slogan should be “We always go the extra mile because I let all my deputies take the cars home with them.”
He has been approached about this time after time and has done NOTHING! The same as with that other do nothing ground hog looking fuckhead.

This upcoming election is our chance to get rid of all of them folks. They have been pissing in our faces and riding the gravy train for to fucking long. It’s time for them to step off and get the hell out of town.

Yourkiddingright
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Yourkiddingright

“I kept every promise and did everything I said I would. But we can do even better.”
– Tony Guy

You’re kidding right? You preached about lowering your budget, it increased. You talked about quality hires, however you hired guys that were fired for lying (you can’t make this stuff up). Preached the elimination of neopatism yet husband of deputies have been hired, political friends made full time, promoted and the grand daddy of them all your captains daughter is working in your office and part of the alleged time slip scandal ( once again, can’t make this stuff up). You talk about honesty and integrity yet your chief deputy is involved in sexual harassment and you do nothing!! Not only nothing you then sick him ON the same girls he was sexually harassing ( I know I know, you can’t make this stuff up). You don’t go to work, you won’t release time slips so that transparency thing you ran on, yep you lied. What about the dogs you were working as county dogs, you guessed it, another lie, privetly ownd ( once again you can’t make this stuff up). The people of the county know about your lies, no web site full of mistruths, oversights, and flat out lies will trick the tax payers again, sorry!!

Disgruntled
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Disgruntled

So Camp is coming out swinging at Sandie, who he isn’t even facing this time around? He should probably take his own advice and look out the front window rather than the rear view mirror.

The Beaver County Republican Party has become the stereotypical GOP with all the white guys in charge and in the lead, with zero diversity or tolerance for women who don’t know their place. Sure, they welcome women…into the auxiliary. But they only support white men for leadership roles. Even Christiana loop-holed his way into the Chair of the Republican Party with proxy votes that shouldn’t have even counted according to their own rules, beating out a woman. Proliferating stereotypical behavior is what they do because that’s what they believe, on the campaign trail and in the office. Actions speak louder than words. It’s not 1955 anymore, fellas.

I’m no Dennis Nichols fan, but I’m going to enjoy watching him clean Dan’s clock in the general election.

Jack Manning, if you align with these misogynistic pigs, you will lose votes and respect, I guarantee it.

Walk
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Walk

I agree, if you can’t be called CUZ or MY MAN, you don’t get the nod.