Here's my story from the PG's breaking news site on the newest entrant into the races for county council:

Mike DellPlum councilman and small business owner Mike Dell is announcing his Republican candidacy for the District 7 Allegheny Council seat tonight.

So far Mr. Dell and Democratic incumbent Nicholas Futeles are the only candidates for the seat, which represents Plum, Penn Hills, Cheswick, Harmar, Oakmont, Springdale Borough, Verona and Wilkins.

Mr. Dell was elected to Plum Borough council in 2009 and is vice chair of the borough's Republican committee. He is an accountant and owns the firm Complete Business Services in Penn Hills. He is kicking off his council campaign tonight at Rivers Landing in Oakmont.

A statement released by his campaign today said, "Mike Dell is a father of four who is concerned about the direction that the county government is going. As we look at the budget for the county, deficits are rising and it's time that someone goes through the budget line by line to see what is working and eliminate what is not."

Mr. Futeles is also a businessman -- he owns the Harmar House banquet facility -- and a former Verona councilman who was elected to county council in 2007.

County GOP leaders are eyeing the District 7 seat, as it was formerly occupied by Republican Eileen Watt before she resigned in 2006 to run for the state legislature.

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