Buffalo supervisor candidate withdraws amidst petition challenge

  • By Barbara Miller March 29, 2013

A Buffalo Township man who hoped to be a Republican candidate for supervisor agreed to withdraw his name from the ballot as he faced a challenge to his nomination petition in Washington County Court.

David Wayne Locy appeared Thursday afternoon before Judge Katherine B. Emery because of objections filed by Robert C. Moore.

The law requires that a Republican candidate for supervisor collect 10 valid signatures of registered Republicans who live in the municipality.

Attorney Dennis Popojas, representing Moore, said of most of Locy’s 15 petition signers, “These people are registered Democrats.”

Popojas asked that the judge give Locy the opportunity to withdraw instead of hearing testimony. Locy conferred briefly with Larry Spahr, county elections director, before the judge reconvened court.

Locy, who was acting as his own attorney, said, “I apologize to the court and the residents of Buffalo Township. This is my first time running for any office … Am I allowed to run as a write-in in the primary?”

Emery told Locy he could.

Popojas offered to withdraw Moore’s objections, but asked that Locy be required to pay $107 in court filing fees related to bringing action. The judge gave Locy 90 days to pay.

Asked if he would pursue a write-in nomination, Locy said, “It’s undecided right now, but it’s an option.”

Barbara S. Miller covers politics, Washington County government and a variety of other topics for the Observer-Reporter. She is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College, majoring in English and history. Follow her on Twitter @reporterbarb.


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