News of Monessen Mayoral race from the Tribune-Review!
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 @ 7:18AM
Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 12:21 a.m.
Updated 6 hours ago
The city of Monessen will have a new mayor in 2014 after challenger Lou Mavrakis seized the Democratic nomination Tuesday in a stunning landslide over incumbent Mary Jo Smith.
With 10 of 13 precincts reporting, the 75-year-old challenger garnered more than 67 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.
The former steelworker and international union representative will square off against Republican Robert Zynosky Jr., 48, in the Nov. 5 general election. Zynosky ran unopposed on the GOP ticket.
“Everyone came together because they know I don’t have an agenda. That’s how we won by the margin that we did,” Mavrakis said. “The city gave me a great life and I want to give back.”
Mavrakis called the victory an all-out rejection of incumbent Smith, 64, and her “Monessen Rising” project.
Smith, the city’s first female mayor, was seeking her second term. She became a target for critics after it was discovered the lead consultant for her administration’s “Monessen Rising” project had declared bankruptcy in March. The project aimed to restore dilapidated buildings and homes while drawing artisans into the city.
“All I can say is, God bless Monessen,” Smith said.