The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 21, 2013

City councilwoman launches write-in effort

Dave Sutor

JOHNSTOWN — Rose Howarth barely missed becoming one of the Democratic Party’s official nominees in this year’s Johnstown City Council race.

Now, the West End resident is trying a different way to retain her seat on the board. She has launched a write-in campaign for the Nov. 5 election.

“I love the city,” said Howarth. “Win, lose or draw, whatever it is, I’ll still continue to work toward the betterment of the city for everybody.”

Howarth was first elected to City Council in 2009. In this year’s primary, she was one of nine candidates in a crowded Democratic field who were competing for four nominations. Howarth just missed the cutoff by coming in fifth with 685 votes. Nunzio Johncola finished right ahead of her in fourth with 713.

“I was very disappointed that I was short by 28 votes or something like that,” said Howarth, who has not accepted any pay during her time on council.

Howarth is one of at least three individuals to officially announce write-in campaigns, along with fellow City Councilman Joseph Taranto and Sell Street resident Charlene Stanton.

Part of the challenge for all of them is making people aware of their campaigns and educating them about the touch screen write-in voting procedures.

“The difficult part is getting your name out there. ... I still think I’m a worthy candidate. I would appreciate everybody’s vote. My name’s not that hard to spell to get the write-in. (Using the touch screen) is like ordering a MTO from Sheetz really to do it,” Howarth said.

Howarth is active in several organizations, including the West End Improvement Group, Friends of The Steeples Project and Celebration Johns-town!

Dave Sutor is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at Dave_Sutor.