Edward "Ted" Knafelc (left), Wayne Kress / submitted photos

A union representing Pennsylvania State Police troopers in Beaver County and surrounding areas has endorsed Democrats Edward “Ted” Knafelc for district attorney and Wayne Kress for sheriff.

Brady Paul Memorial Lodge #54 of the Fraternal Order of Police announced their endorsements last night after holding private meetings with Kress and Knafelc to discuss issues facing law enforcement in the region.

Among the troopers represented by the lodge are ones currently engaged in ongoing investigations into allegations of public corruption in Beaver County.

Its endorsements are meant to cover both the primary and general elections.

This makes the second police union to come out this year against incumbent Sheriff Tony Guy who was elected in 2015 as part of a Republican ticket which had, along with District Attorney David Lozier, promised to restore confidence in county government.

Guy had been endorsed by Lodge #54 when he first ran for sheriff in 2015, support he touted at the time during speeches on the campaign trail and in mailers sent out to voters. Guy’s subsequent decisions in office caused troopers to lose confidence in his leadership.

State police have repeatedly clashed with Lozier on some of the most high profile investigations the county has seen during his tenure, including ones involving Treasurer Connie Javens, the Aliquippa Police Department, and the murder of Rachael DelTondo.

Knafelc is running unopposed in the Democratic primary and will face off against Lozier in the general election this fall. Kress is running against former sheriff George David in the Democratic primary (David was defeated by Kress in the 2015 primary); the winner of that race will face Guy who is running unopposed in the Republican primary.

Along with Knafelc and Kress, also endorsed last night was Laura Tocci for Common Pleas Judge.

Tocci is running against Steven Necaster, who currently serves as an assistant district attorney under Lozier. Tocci and Necaster are both “cross-filed,” meaning they each will appear on the Republican and Democratic primary ballots.

See Also: Editorial: Sheriff Tony Guy Will Ruin The Republican Party The Same Way Sheriff George David Destroyed The Democrats

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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Five-O
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Five-O

Good enough for the PSP…Good enough for me. Kress was getting my vote no matter what. And at this point, ANYBODY will be better than that useless fuck “Loser Lozier”. Even the McDonald’s Hamburglar!

John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

There he is.

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TimmyJ
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TimmyJ

Don’t know much about these two candidates? Wonder how much trial experience and criminal prosecution experience Knafelc has? Don’t know much about him? Is he related to the judge? Dont know much about Kress. Would like to know more about his business with Controller Rossi and his deputy Calhoon, that state investigators were inquiring about, and was mentioned in an article recently. These are important law enforcement positions. Experience and qualifications should be considered for these positions! I don’t care about union endorsements, can be biased and favoritism! Use your own brains to vote!

Icanread
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Icanread

Lozier was a civil lawyer when he started, and Knafelc does have criminal experience. Kress was a PSP. He’s a really good guy. Both have great ideas for controlling their budgets, reining in over-reach, and controlling the out-of-control overtime that always puts Lozier’s employees at the top of the county payroll. I voted for Lozier, but honestly, no one could do a worse job. Biggest voting regret of my life.

Barracuda
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Barracuda

Lozier has the experience now, in my opinion, he’s done a good job, hasn’t done anything wrong that would prevent his re-election! His challenger needs more time and experience!

Realdeal
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Realdeal

Are you serious???? Wow your as much of a moron as loser

equalizer13
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equalizer13

Are you a super Dick? None else thinks he has a clue. How about a posting of all the cases his office has mishandled, lost it just can’t solve? A pet rock could outsmart him.

Icanread
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Icanread

Lozier’s office has been soft on pedophiles. They just let the one who molested a nine year old off on probation. They haven’t been tough on drug users or dealers like they said they would. Lozier proclaimed he would end nepotism and immediately tried to hire Christiana’s mom after getting into office. Lozier stopped the PSP’s investigation into Javens and the Friendship Ridge deal. Lozier’s detectives repeatedly rack up tons of overtime and end up with incomes at the top of all Beaver County government employees. Lozier’s investigation into that girl shot in Aliquippa has gone nowhere. I heard other nearby counties make money off of their drug seizures that Lozier’s office can’t figure out how to do. He can’t get along with the PSP. He keeps pushing to fund and maintain a swat squad, when the PSP can and do the same for no additional cost to the tax payers. He, like Guy, was an experiment that’s turned out to be a big mistake.

Accordingtome
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Accordingtome

Congratulations to Mr Lozier and Mr. Guy for managing to bungle their tenure so horrifically that the PSP union wants them gone. So much for garnering cooperation with law enforcement that these two were going to be whiz bang geniuses at according to their campaign pitches.

It’s one thing not to get their endorsement in the first place; but, it’s another thing entirely when you had it and then managed to lose it. In order for that to happen you really have to be a complete ass clown…Great job, Clarabell and Inspector Gadget.

I hope you both have a plan B in mind because it’s looking pretty doubtful that either of you will be on the county payroll for another four years. It’s looking more and more likely that you’ll be dealing cards or being a croupier at the craps table in the mini casino.