INDIANA: Democrats Smith, Lancaster move on for council
May 22, 2013 10:50 AM

Gerald Smith and Donald Lancaster Tuesday won Democrat nominations for two four-year seats on Indiana Borough council, representing the Second Ward.

Smith received 150 votes and Lancaster got 128 votes to win nominations in the three-way race.

Larry DeChurch received 61 votes to finish in third place.

Incumbent councilman Robert Jobe was the only candidate listed on Republican ballots in the Second Ward. He received 104 votes to win a Republican nomination.

Smith, an Indiana Area School District math teacher, and Lancaster, a retired special-education teacher in Pittsburgh public schools, ran as a team for the two available Democrat nominations.

During his campaign, Smith said one of his goals if elected would be to help expand Indiana’s reputation as a regional destination.

Lancaster described himself as a supporter of keeping the Indiana Free Library at its present location. He also said he wants to do more to control flooding along Marsh Run.

The makeup of Indiana council will change before the fall election. Former council vice president Bill Simmons resigned two weeks ago and the remaining Second Ward representatives are expected to submit on June 4 the names of one or two nominees, one of whom will be appointed to take over Simmons’ seat.

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