Phil Barnard, despite a relationship to Atiyeh that extends back to their school days, is his own man. But Zawarski, a realtor, is a bit scary. He has accepted real estate contracts from Atiyeh even though Atiyeh is suing the Township. This is a conflict of interest.
Though Atiyeh denies he has any desire to take over the Township, he fielded three candidates this election cycle, with mixed results.
One candidate was his own COO, Mickey Thompson, whose late report revealed that he was fully funded by Abe. Thompson was defeated by incumbent Michael Hudak, 385-314.
The two candidates in another ward were Republican Pat Breslin and Democrat Ray Russin. Both were funded by Atiyeh. Russin, in fact, joined Atiyeh in one of his zoning challenges. These two managed to knock incumbent Paul Weiss off the ballot in the Spring primary. But Weiss fought back, waging a write-in campaign that finally told voters that Bethlehem Township is not for sale.
Things got testy at the polls yesterday, including a shouting match between Atiyeh and Weiss supporters.
Although Weiss won at the Farmersville School by 33 votes, he lost the Township building, and the race, by about 20 votes. The unofficial tally shows Breslin with Bresslin with 360 votes and 339 write-ins.