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Retired principal seeks to unseat incumbent - PittsburghLIVE.com
Retired Greater Latrobe High School Principal John Andrighetti is looking to wrest the Democratic nod from incumbent Unity Township Supervisors' Chairman Michael O'Barto in the May primary election.
also touts the leadership skills he
has honed over 30 years as a school administrator in his
"vision for Unity." Holding masters degrees from the University of Kentucky and West Virginia University, Andrighetti, 61, served as principal of the Greater Latrobe Junior High from 1976 to 1986 and assistant superintendent until 1992.He then assumed his final post as principal of the high school, from which he retired in January.
"I want the opportunity to give some of my experience back to the community to make it better," said Andrighetti
, whose platform statement offers "responsible spending and accountability" in developing highways, recreation, business and industry.
"Part of being a leader is courage and risk-taking," he
said."I'm putting myself out there on the line because it's vitally important to get it done and done right." A member of the Greater Latrobe Art Conservation Trust, Andrighetti also serves on the boards of Westmoreland County Community College and the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County.He
resides in Charter Oak II, is married and has two children.
"I plan to reorganize township government.It's archaic.There's no need for three roadmasters," Andrighetti said, suggesting that roadmaster duties be redefined along the lines of road superintendent and township manager positions.
"I see myself fulfilling the role of a manager," he
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O'Barto cruises to win - PittsburghLIVE.com
O'Barto defeated retired educator John Andrighetti by a vote of 1,997 to 705, according to unofficial results.
...The Democratic primary pitted Andrighetti, 61, against the 46-year-old O'Barto, who is chairman of the board of supervisors and a roadmaster.
...Andrighetti, a retired principal at Greater Latrobe Senior High School, made the growing township's system of government an issue in the race.
had promised to propose revamping the system by abolishing the paid positions and creating a township manager post.
isn't fully supportive of a fire tax alone, but rather a combination of tax money, fundraising and state grants.
...Andrighetti served as an administrator for 30 years at Greater Latrobe before retiring as high school principal in January.
Unity candidates debate - PittsburghLIVE.com
Two Democrats, John Andrighetti and incumbent Michael O'Barto, and Republican Marcus Wisneski fielded a list of prepared questions during an informal debate before some two dozen township firefighters at the Pleasant Unity Fire Hall.
..."The current fire tax is a wonderful thing," said Andrighetti, who retired this year as principal of Greater Latrobe Senior High School.
"But I am not in agreement that just giving money away is the way to solve a problem," he
said, suggesting coordinated fund-raising efforts and grants as a way to fund the departments.
"Hopefully, once you start doing these things, there won't be a necessity for a fire tax," Andrighetti
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Vice President Bob Jouret and retired Greater Latrobe Senior High School Principal John Andrighetti, to name a few.