Don't forget to vote
Today is Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
Voter turn out is expected to be low because of the off-year election, but there are still important choices to be made.
This year, Allegheny County voters will elect a new Chief Executive, Controller, County Council members, Treasurer and District Attorney.
Voters will elect judges to Pennsylvania Superior Court, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, Court of Common Pleas and several Magisterial District Courts.
On the local level, South Pittsburgh area voters will have the opportunity to vote for City Controller and the District 3 Council representative. They will also see a question on the ballot: should a 0.25 mills special tax be imposed on all taxable real estate in the city to be allocated and used for the maintenance and operation of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh?
The Borough of Mount Oliver is also looking at an important election. On the ballot this year are candidates of Mayor and two and four-year terms for Council.
Many of the local contests this year are uncontested races with Councilman Bruce Kraus and District Magisterial Judges Gene Ricciardi and Richard King running unopposed for their offices.
Some of the uncontested races have turned into contested races with a write-in campaign mounted in Mount Oliver for the four-year council seats. The South Pittsburgh Reporter has endorsed write-in candidates Nicholas Viglione and Frank Bernardini.
In the Primary Election, The South Pittsburgh Reporter supported Rich Fitzgerald for County Executive and continues to do so. Mr. Fitzgerald with his experience on County Council has demonstrated he is capable of running the office with integrity.
Even in an off-year voting is one of the most important and far reaching things you can do today.