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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - May 16, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                SPORTS: PENGUINS TIE UP SERIES WITH DEVILS Bl Copyright 2001 WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2001 50C newsstand 9lh District U.S. Congress Votes for Scott Conklin, Alanna Hartzok and Bill Shuster: (partial results) ._ Totals from area counties in the 9th District race: County Blair Bedford Centre Ctearfieici Huntingdon Conklin 8.791 Shuster 4.887 Other kev races Results for other important races: Pittsburgh Mayor, Democrat TTKNItM J. Murphy (D) Bob O'Connor (D) Blair Township supervisor, Republican_______ Palmer Brown (R) 503 John Nigro (R) 258 Antis Township bottle club referendum (to ban) YM720 All results are incomplete and unofficial. Winners in the race for the GOP nod for Blair County district attorney (Bob Donaldson vs. Dave Gorman) and Logan Township supervisor (Frank Meloy vs. Joe Son shines brightly in 9th BLAIR DA Gorman: feel satisfied BY PHIL RAY StaffWriter For a career prosecutor like Blair County District Attorney Dave Gorman, his narrow prima- ry victory over a tough opponent was particularly sweet because his record the way he handled thousands of cases during the past four years came under intense fire from his opponent. Attorney Robert Donaldson, opposing Gorman for the Republican nomination, criticized the plea bargains that Gorman and his assistants struck in sever- al cases. He criticized several losses suf- fered by the DA's office, and he hammered away, saying the office needed better leadership and com- munication with police officers, witnesses and others. Please see All LOGAN TWP. Meloy wins GOP's nod BY KAY STEPHENS StaffWriter Incumbent Logan Township Supervisor Frank Meloy is ready to serve another six-year term as supervisor. Republican voters in the town- ship's precincts Tuesday provided the Altoona RD 5 man with 988 votes, allowing him to defeat chal- lenger Joseph Merilli of Sylvan East for the party's nomination. Merilli, making his first run for public office, got 758 votes. With no Democratic candidates seeking office, it's likely Meloy will be the lone candidate on tie ballot in the fall election. He also may be the Democratic candidate, depending on the results of the write-in votes to be counted and certified by county election officials. Please see All Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett Congressman-elect Bill Shuster speaks to supporters Tuesday night at campaign headquarters at the Ramada Inn Altoona with his wife, Becky, by his side. His victory ensures the Shuster name will continue in Congress at least through next year. THE LOSER Conklin: reached for the dream BY WILLIAM KIBLER StaffWriter In the still-bright early evening Tuesday, a line of cows were trudging down a pastoral lane toward a barn next to a Franklin County polling place, where Scott Conklin was closing out his long day in the sun with the less-pastoral goal of Washington, D.C., on his mind. He didn't get there, and now it's back to work at the Centre County commissioners office, a talk at a banquet Thursday, an assignment as a chaperone for a trip his son is taking Friday. "I did all I he said. It was raucous earlier from time to time at Conklin head- quarters in Philipsburg, where Conklin returned after 10 p.m. Tuesday. But near the end, the gather- ing of relatives, friends and sup- porters got quiet. As his oppo- nent Bill Shuster declared victo- ry before any newscasters did, with 50 percent of the votes counted and a lead 'of about votes, there were some com- ments about premature declara- tions, some references to Dewey, but there didn't seem to be much heart in it. Then Conklin came out, put on his smile, put on his jacket, pulled down his cuffs and told a TV camera that it was time to congratulate Shuster. Conklin thanked his supporters. It didn't take long, and when he turned back to the room of watching supporters, he said, "Don't be sad. You worked your rear ends off. I'm going to have a drink." Then he went tothem, one by one, shook hands and hugged. "I got to reach for the dream I Conklin said. "There's nothing else I could have done." He has been getting only three to five hours of sleep per night, he has been fitting in his commis- sioner work in the mornings and Please see A10 THE WINNER Streak stays alive for Shusters BY ROBERT IGOE StaffWriter Judgment Day came for Shuster for the first time Tuesday as he awaited word of his showdown with Democrat; Scott Conklin and Green Party candidate Alanna Hartzok for the 9th Congressional seat last held by his father, retired U.S. Congressman Bud Shuster. Though one employee of Shuster's Ramada Inn Altoona headquarters offered 2-1 odds in his favor and the Deacons of Dixieland warmed up the crowd with "Happy Days Are Here Team Shuster knew the race could be closer than the landslide first predicted for Shuster when he became the Republican candidate in February. "With any campaign of this said Shuster's wife, Becky, "there are going to be nerves, regardless of the outlook. It's part of the game and frankly, it would be crazy not to be ner- vous." In the end, the voters of the district favored Shuster, who scored a steady but closer-than- expected 54 percent to 43 percent win gver Conklin. "Tonight is just the beginning of what I hope is a long Shuster said. "I just want to thank everyone very much for their support." Shuster took the lead early and never lost it, staying between 55 percent and 52 percent the entire night, never pulling away from Conklin but not losing ground to him, either. "The voters have given me an awesome Shuster said. "To serve and rep- resent them in the United States Congress is a great honor, and I am humbled by their confidence. I thank them and I understand that this is going to be a huge challenge. Please see A10 CASEY SUES Former Penn State quarterback Rashard Casey has sued Hoboken police, saying he received hate mail and death threats after being charged last spring with assaulting an off-duty officer. 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