Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dems Vote to Nominate Zavarella for District 8 County Council Spot

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dems Vote to Nominate Zavarella for District 8 County Council Spot

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Democratic committee members selected interim Allegheny County Councilman Paul Zavarella as their nominee for the County Council District 8 election Saturday.

Chairwoman Eileen Kelly said Mr. Zavarella, who previously had been chosen by County Council to serve until the municipal election in November, received a plurality of 48 votes at Saturday's nomination convention. Bhavini Patel received 31 votes; 23 delegates voted for Ryan O'Donnell.

Mr. Zavarella, a Plum attorney, was chosen by council in June over Mr. O'Donnell, Ms. Patel and nine other candidates to serve as interim councilman following the May death of longtime Councilman Charles Martoni.

The district's Republican committees also have an opportunity to nominate a candidate, but they have yet to set a convention date. The candidates will face off in a special election coinciding with the November municipal elections.

The winner will take office as soon as the election is certified and serve the remainder of Mr. Martoni's term, through 2021.

"I would like to thank all the committee members who came to vote, and all those who had to work and couldn't come," said Mr. Zavarella after Ms. Kelly announced the results.

"I look forward to working with my two opponents," said Mr. Zavarella. All three candidates spoke well of their competition.

District 8 includes Braddock, Braddock HiIls, Chalfant, East McKeesport, East Pittsburgh, Edgewood, Monroeville, North Braddock, Pitcairn, Plum, Rankin, Swissvale, Trafford, Turtle Creek, Wall, Whitaker and Wilmerding. More than 140 committee members for those districts of Allegheny County were eligible to vote Saturday.

Ms. Patel and Mr. O'Donnell both hail from Edgewood. Mr. O'Donnell is a social worker and member of Edgewood borough council. Ms. Patel is the vice chair of the Edgewood Democratic Committee and founded a data technology company. …

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