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November 8, 2005

Teen wins Linesville mayor race

11/9/05 — LINESVILLE — The first opportunity Christopher R. Seeley had to vote in an election was Tuesday. And Seeley voted for himself after pulling the curtain shut.

Some 144 other residents did the same as the 18-year-old Democrat won the position of Linesville mayor, according to unofficial results, against long-time Linesville Borough Council member Kevin McGrath, who received 76 votes.

“The people of Linesville have spoken,” said Seeley, a lifelong resident of the borough and a senior at Linesville High School. “They are able to trust their police and security to my generation.”

The new mayor, who just turned 18 in September and was unable to vote for himself in the spring primary election, will join a council with the youngest councilman in Crawford County. David Hoogstad Jr., 19, was appointed earlier this year at age 18.

Seeley was surprised to win by such a large margin.

“Unfortunately, my opponent didn’t do a lot of campaigning,” he said.

McGrath, who has been council president for the past few years and served in council off and on for more than 15 years, said job obligations interfered with his ability to do campaigning.

McGrath, who also previously worked in the borough as streets commissioner, plans to “take time off” from serving on council.

“I’ll still be around,” said McGrath, when asked if he would be available if council had any questions. “It will be interesting to see what the new council is made up of. ... I wish (Seeley) good luck.”

Seeley said he wouldn’t mind seeing McGrath back on council as president, mentioning he does a fantastic job and is very fiscally responsible. “We need that fiscal watchdog in our borough and that fiscal watchdog is Kevin McGrath.”

Seeley’s new job as mayor entails the management and maintenance of Linesville Police Department along with public safety concerns. The mayor also serves as a tie-breaking vote on council. The seat was previously occupied by Mayor Tim Uzarski, who didn’t seek re-election because he lives outside the borough.

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