Charleroi attorney Alan Benyak is one of six candidates vying for the Democratic nomination as a legislative candidate in the 49th District. Benyak is 51 years old and a resident of Carroll Township.
Donn Henderson, 55, was Charleroi’s most recent borough manager until his position was eliminated earlier this year by council. He is also a former supervisor in Fallowfield Township, where he continues to reside, was also Charleroi Main Street manager and Irwin Main Street manager in Westmoreland County.
Randy Barli, a former Washington County commissioner candidate who has also run against Daley in the past, is the only Democrat who has run in each precinct in Washington and Fayette counties. Barli,51, resides in Coal Center.
Brendan Garay is 23 and lives in California, Pa. He is a graduate student working on his MBA.
Mon Valley businessman Mark Alterici served 20 years on Charleroi Borough Council with eight years as council president. The owner of Dee’s Wireless, a regional cellphone sales chain, is 53 and resides in Charleroi.
Robert Kepics, 59, is mayor of Monongahela and a former member of Monongahela City Council. A long-time resident of Monongahela, Kepics is also a member of many community organizations.
Bud Cook, as Daley’s opponent two years ago, is the only Republican candidate who has run in each precinct in Washington and Fayette counties. Cook, 59, is a resident of West Pike Run Township.
Melanie Patterson, 56, is an entrepreneur who owns Broad Innovations LLC. She grew up in Belle Vernon and graduated from Belle Vernon High School, and went on to receive both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California University of Pennsylvania. A former teacher, Patterson is a resident of Washington Township in Fayette County.