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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Monessen Mayor Lou Mavrakis slings mud and potentially encourages voter fraud in last week of race

Posted By on Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 2:51 PM

Flier depicting Matt Shorraw as a puppet - IMAGE OBTAINED BY CITY PAPER
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  • Flier depicting Matt Shorraw as a puppet
When President Donald Trump visited an aluminum factory in the Mon Valley town of Monessen in June 2016, it was a game-changing moment. A shift occurred that put a Republican presidential candidate in a place one had never really been before: championing unionized heavy-industry workers in Pennsylvania. And this was all orchestrated by Monessen Mayor Lou Mavrakis, a Democrat, who invited Trump to campaign in the small town.

But while this visit might have helped Trump, who is now president in part due to an improbable Pennsylvania victory, Mavrakis took heat from Monessen Democrats, and they cast him out in the 2017 Democratic primary election. (The actual impact of Trump's visit is questionable. Monessen voters supported Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton by a more than 12 point margin). Mavrakis lost the primary to Matt Shorraw, a grad student at California University of Pennsylvania with a progressive platform. And even though Shorraw is the presumptive mayor since his name is the only one on the general-election ballot, Mavrakis is still attempting to hold on to his seat with a write-in campaign.

Part of Mavrakis' campaign appears to be targeting voters and encouraging them to fill out absentee ballots, even if they will be in Monessen on Election Day. A PDF obtained by Pittsburgh City Paper shows a letter that was mailed out by Mavrakis’ wife Glenda Mavrakis, to a Monessen constituent, and signed by Lou Mavrakis. The letter gives step-by-step instructions on how to write-in and vote for Mavrakis, and even suggests that voters call Mavrakis, so he can pick up, stamp and mail their ballot.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Progressive, Independent Mik Pappas kicks off campaign for Allegheny County District Judge

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 12:23 PM

Mik Pappas at his July 13 campaign event in East Liberty - CP PHOTO BY RYAN DETO
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  • Mik Pappas at his July 13 campaign event in East Liberty
A February article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette portrayed Allegheny County’s Magisterial District Judges as lighthearted peacekeepers that mainly solve neighborhood disputes. Mik Pappas, a civil-rights lawyer running for judge in the county’s 31 magisterial district, feels this assessment was undervaluing a judge's importance.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Pittsburgh-area candidates for judges and sheriff meet with police-accountability group

Posted By on Fri, Apr 7, 2017 at 11:27 AM

Superior Court judicial nominee William Caye speaking to forum attendees - CP PHOTO BY RYAN DETO
  • CP photo by Ryan Deto
  • Superior Court judicial nominee William Caye speaking to forum attendees
On April 5, a handful of candidates for local judgeships and Allegheny County Sheriff met with members of the Alliance for Police Accountability and general members of the public to make their cases for office. Elections like these generally get little attention, but Brandi Fisher of the APA says her group and others should follow these elections.

“We wanted to do this forum because judges are not talked about enough,” she told the 15 attendees. “This is important when we talk about reforming the criminal justice system.”

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