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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - November 7, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania THE HALFTIME SHOW: AREA BANDS AND CHEERLEADERS STRUT THEIR STUFF ► PAGE D2 Striking .but Two teams to be eliminated in 2002Altoona mirror © Copyright 2001 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2001 50C newsstand Gorman retains DA post; Verdict’s in: Callant outRESULTS (Complete, unofficial) Blair County District attorney (1) Dave Gorman *|R) _____ 14,738 Robert $ Donaldson"(D)    HU 83 ■ Please see story at right Judicial retention Judge Norman 0 Callan Yes    10,422 tip ■ Please see story at right City of Altoona Council (3) Wayne Hippo*(R) Mark E. Geis*(D IfrtirtfttRirjff i 6,377 6.197 a,SSS Scott Cessna (R) ■ Please see story at right Logan Township Supervisor (1) rank J. Meloy*(R) omeo J OeBartolome (L) ■ Please see story on Page A6 Tyrone Borough Mayor (1) Patricia Stoner* (D) - 5,040 .2,040 719 815 435" ■ Please see story on Page A6 Altoona Area School District School director (4) I Daniel J. Midiron* (R/0)    10,233 BiFfW. Wriolr W ~ im David A. Elite* (IVD]    8,194 Richard CTLockard* (R/D)    8,075 Brent Fve rhart (NP)    CIST ■ Please see story on Page A6 I Statewide Supreme Court Justice (I) 9,023 of 9,423 precincts, 96 percent Mike Eakin (RI*    991,726 Kate Ford Elliott (D) ‘    Ml89 ■ Please see story on Page A11 Superior Court Judge (3) I 9,023 of 9,423 precincts, 96 percent Richard B Klein (R)*    956,934 MaryTane BoweiW    KT, 215 David Wecht (D)__ 796,274 John T. Bender (R) 834,810 Stephanie Domitrovich (D)    786,898 Lydia Y. Kirkland (D)    788,77f ■ Please see story on Page A11 Commonwealth Court Judge (3) 9,026 of 9,423 precincts, 96 percent Robin Simpson (R)_889,530 I    James J. Dodaro (D)    828,899 J    Irwin W. Aronson (D)_____717,835 Renee Cohn (R) 901,510 Mary Hannah Leavitt (R)    903,661 Jerry Langan (D)    784,736 ■ Please see story on Page A11 Judge loses retention by 1,071 votes By Phil Ray Staff Writer Judge Norman D. Callan lost his bid for retention Tuesday. The unofficial vote was 11,493 to 10,422 against a second 10-year term for the judge. Callan, 53, a Blair County Common Pleas Court judge, said the loss was unexpected because he believed he was well received by voters when he went door-to-door during the last few weeks of the campaign. His campaign manager, former Altoona Mayor Ray Voltz, was shaking his head at the end of a long night in which the vote totals see sawed, creating a tense atmosphere at the Pleasant Valley Boulevard Days Inn headquarters, where Callan supporters gathered. "I would never have dreamt this would have been close, much less a loss,” said Voltz, a veteran city politician. Like Callan, he thought voters’ feedback was favorable. As the night closed and Callan, carrying his 2-year-old daughter, Sarah, prepared to go home, Voltz approached him and said, “Now I’m going to leave you with one thought You gave it your best shot." ‘‘I don’t have any should-haves,” said Callan, adding he didn’t lose the vote because of the lack of effort. Under state law, Callant term will end in January. A successor will be named to fill the position temporarily by a committee comprised of five attorneys that Gov. Mark Schweiker will appoint. The committee will make recommendations as to whom should fill the vacancy. The nominee requires Senate approval. In 2003, an election will be held, and a new judge will be elected for a 10-year term. Despite the disbelief, Callan faced hefty opposition for retention: The committee for Judicial Fairness put together by former Blair County District Attorney William J. Haberstroh and former City Councilman Len Bettwy. Please see Callan/Page A7 Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett Incumbent Blair County District Attorney Dave Gorman gets a hug from assistant district attorney Jackie Bernard after it was clear Gorman won the race Tuesday night.Cessna odd man out in city By William Kibler Staff Writer Scott Cessna was left in the cold among four Altoona City Council candidates, but he had a warm feeling nevertheless Tuesday evening. Cessna received 5,040 unofficial votes, which was less than fellow newcomer Brent Fisher’s 5,555 and incumbents Wayne Hippo’s 6,377, and Mark Geis’, the only Democrat, 6,197. “An uplifting experience,” Cessna said. It crystal lized Tuesday at the Jaggard United Methodist Church polling place, where he shook the hands of more than 300 people and heard from many who are convinced that despite recent job losses, the city will rebound. Although he lost, he gave residents a choice in the Republican primary, he said. With him in the primary, incumbent Tom Shaheen, troubled with legal problems, dropped out. Please see Council /Page A8 ncumbent survives 2nd Donaldson challenge By Kay Stephens Staff Writer Blair County District Attorney Dave Gorman was brimming with satisfaction and relief Tuesday night. “It’s a feeling, just a feeling of everything," the incumbent said at Republican campaign headquarters, where he heard applause from Republicans who campaigned to keep him on the job for four more years. Blair County voters in Tuesday’s election provided Gorman with 14,738 unofficial votes. His challenger, Robert Donaldson, a Republican who ran on the Democratic ticket, got 12,183 unof flcial votes. “We fought a good battle,” Donaldson said early in the evening when vote totals indicated the candidates were close, but Gorman was leading. “No matter what the result, I think we really heightened the awareness as to the performance of the district attorney’s office.” At the Republican party at tho Duncansville Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, Gorman returned from a TV interview and walked into a room where Republicans and supporters clapped and cheered for him. Dressed in a dark suit, with a patriotic tie dangling from his neck, the tall, lanky candidate offered a thank-you speech by acknowledging it has been a long year. "When we started this race back in November, December, quite frankly, it looked bleak," Gorman said. He knew his opponent was someone with name recognition and money to spend on a campaign. But with Tuesday’s decision in, Gorman appeared relaxed and relieved as he thanked Republicans and other supporters. Please see DA/Page A8 Ashcroft takes aim at assisted suicide By Sam Howe Verhovek New York Times News Service SEATTLE — Taking square aim at a measure approved twice by voters in Oregon, Attorney General John Ashcroft Tuesday authorized federal agents to take action against doctors who prescribe lethal drugs for terminally ill patients. Oregon is the only state nationwide and one of the few places in the world where people are allowed to kill themselves with a doctor’s prescription. Under the state’s so-called Death with Dignity Act, a terminally ill patient may take the lethal drugs if two doctors agree the person has less than six months to live and is mentally competent to make the decision to end his or her life. Please see Suicide/Page A14 The Associated Press Barbara Coombs Lee, president of Compassion in Dying Federation, reacts Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft’s directive on assisted-suicide doctors. Commissioners await sale notice for Curve By Kay Stephens Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners said Tuesday that they will await notice of a pending sale from Altoona Curve owners before they consider buying the baseball team. The county, under its 1998 contract with Curve owner Bob Lozinak, has first option to buy the team. The county must decide before plans move forward to sell the team to Pittsburgh attorney Chuck Greenberg. Commissioner John H. Eichel-berger Jr. is the only one who has made up his mind on the issue that surfaced last week after Commissioner John J. Ebersole found the contract clause and showed it to county solicitor J. Michael Dorezas. 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