The tally of the May 18, 1999 primary election, showed that Robert D. Schellhaas Sr. was the top vote-getter. He had died exactly one month earlier, on April 18, 1999.

Election '99 - Allegheny County Democratic Results

WEST VIEW

7 of 7 precincts

MEMBER OF COUNCIL (1 elected)

TWO-YEAR TERM

RONALD F GEORGE 630

MEMBER OF COUNCIL (3 elected)

FOUR-YEAR TERM

ROBERT D SCHELLHAAS 695

JOHN R HENRY 606

JOSEPH J NOWARK 577

DAVID M URBAN 397

The Democratic Party of West View was then able to appoint someone of their choice, to fill the vacancy.

This is not meant to disparage Robert Schellhaus in any way, or to diminish his many accomplishments in public life, but rather to show what seems to be overt opportunism on the part of the Autocratic Regime of West View.

Some years back, in a similar fashion, after John Keller was rejected as an elected official by the people, he was appointed to the Water Authority Board.

Many elderly senior citizens are in elected posts. It will be interesting to see how many times this same ploy will be used to undermine the ability of the citizens of West View to have a vote in determining who serves them as council members.

...speaking of seniors, when Bill Wunderly retires will Dan Daugherty replace him to become Chairman of the Board at West View Water?
(as rumors circulating as of April, 2001 suggest)

..........and which one of the "connected" will take over the helm at the West View Water Authority????