FARRELL — After coming close four years ago, Farrell Councilwoman Kimberly Doss won the Democratic nomination for mayor, unseating three-term incumbent Mayor Olive McKeithan.
Doss netted 396 votes (44.6 percent), followed by McKeithan, with 281 votes (31.7 percent) and Andrew Harkulich, with 210 votes (23.7 percent).
“I want to thank everyone who came out to support me,” she said.
In 2015, McKeithan defeated Doss by 48 votes. Doss, chairwoman of the Farrell Strategic Planning and Economic Development Board, said during her campaign she promoted promoting strategic relationships with neighboring cities.
She credited proposals for new ideas, including a plan to establish wifi hot spots throughout the city, for her primary victory.
Harkulich, chairman of the Mercer County Democrat Party, is a maintenance worker at Wheatland Tube and union officer with United Steelworkers Local 1660. He has served as president, vice president, grievance committee chairman, financial secretary and treasurer.
Both McKeithan and Doss said they wanted to encourage economic development in Farrell following the city’s emergence in February from Act 47 distressed community status. In 1987, Farrell, then reeling from western Pennsylvania’s industrial collapse, was the state’s first municipality to seek distressed community protection.
McKeithan said her legacy will include the development of a plaza on Roemer Boulevard. That plaza, she said, could become the hub of future commercial development.
Doss proposed offering businesses tax incentives to relocate into Farrell, but she would make those incentives contingent upon those businesses hiring city residents.
“We’ve all got to work together because it’s all about Farrell,” she said.