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ENDORSED SLATE FOR COUNCIL WINS IN PRIMARY FOR DEMOCRATS

The slate of three Council candidates endorsed by Lackawanna's Democratic Party won the party's nomination in Tuesday's primary.

Gerald DePasquale, elected 3rd Ward councilman four years ago with the party's backing, lost to endorsed newcomer Charles Jaworski, an auto plant employee, 478-419.

"The people believe the mayor and myself are moving the city forward," said John Makeyenko, chairman of the Lackawanna Democratic Party. "Chuck Jaworski campaigned hard. It's time for a younger and newer generation to step up and the city to survive."

DePasquale, however, won the Republican Party's nomination and has been endorsed by the Right to Life and Smart Line parties.

"We'll have another runoff in November," said DePasquale, a former city clerk.

Vincent J. Alibisi won the Independence Party's nomination, while the Conservative Party has endorsed Angelo Pitillo.

In the 2nd Ward, Councilman Daniel Kozub, a bus driver, pinned down the Democratic and Conservative parties' nominations early. He will face Steven Bremer, an inventory control vendor running on the Republican, Liberal and Smart Line parties' lines. Dennis Koziol, a school employee on medical leave, defeated Koziol to win the Independence Party's nomination.

Councilman Ricardo Estrada of the 1st Ward won the Democratic, Conservative and Independence parties' nominations but faced only the prospect of write-in opposition. George Halsey III has the Republican nomination.

Estrada, a prison guard, vowed to continue campaigning, saying: "I want to be sure. I love this job."

The 3rd Ward contest in the Democratic primary had created the most interest.

City Council President Norman Polanski, who campaigned for DePasquale, said he was sorry to see him lose.

"I thought he served the 3rd Ward well," Polanski said. "The mayor had his way."

Mayor John J. Kuryak said Jaworski's election of would give him someone with whom he could talk. Kuryak noted that turnout was heavier than in the primary four years ago,but said it would have been stronger two weeks ago.

"You could tell the mood wasn't the same as on the 11th of September," he said.

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