All 3 incumbent commissioners in Clarion County win election

CLARION — The county commissioners contest was the only contested race on Clarion County's municipal election ballot on Tuesday.

Commissioners

Republican incumbent Clarion County Commissioners Wayne Brosius (5,317 votes) and Ted Tharan (5,161), along with incumbent Democrat Ed Heasley (2,595) won re-election to four-year terms by just 50 votes over Democrat challenger Braxton White, who garnered 2,545 votes in his first bid for county office.

Brosius will be serving his third term in office while Tharan and Heasley will be serving their second term on the board.

The race included 55 write-in votes, which have not been tallied yet but will not change the outcome of the election.

Judge of Common Pleas

Sara Seidle Patton won both party nominations in the spring primary and collected 7,975 votes in the general election.

When Seidle-Patton replaces Judge James Arner in January, she will be making history as Clarion County’s first female judge of the Court of Common Pleas. Arner did not seek another term.

In the primary election, Seidle-Patton defeated Clarion County District Attorney Mark Aaron and Clarion County Public Defender Erich Spessard.

The race included 134 write-in votes.

District judge (18-3-03)

Jarah Heeter won both party nominations in the spring primary and collected 1,902 votes to win a six-year term.

Heeter won the nomination in a field that featured five candidates. The Clarion attorney will succeed Judge Amy Long Turk, who did not seek re-election. There were 34 write-in votes cast.

District Court 18-3-0 includes Foxburg, Knox, Shippenville and St. Petersburg boroughs, and the townships of Ashland, Beaver, Elk, Richland, and Salem.

District Judge (18-3-04)

Jeff Miller won both party nominations in the spring primary and collected 2,740 votes to win re-election to a six-year term.

Miller was first elected to the District Magistrate’s position in 2007, upon the retirement of Daniel P. George in 2008.

There were 11 write-in votes cast.

District 18-3-04 includes the boroughs of Callensburg, East Brady, Hawthorn, New Bethlehem, Rimersburg and Sligo, and the townships of Brady, Licking, Limestone, Madison, Perry Piney, Porter, Redbank and Toby.

District attorney

Republican Drew Welsh won both party nominations in the spring primary and collected 7,896 votes in the general election to win election to a four-year term.

Welsh has been the Clarion County assistant district attorney for nine years. He will succeed District Attorney Mark Aaron, who was a candidate for Clarion County judge. The race included 74 write-in votes.

Prothonotary

Incumbent Republican Jeff Himes was not challenged for the general election nomination. Himes collected 7,546 votes to win re-election. There were 28 write-in votes cast.

The position of county prothonotary is a four-year term. Himes will be serving his fourth term in the office.

Register/Recorder

Incumbent Republican Greg Mortimer was not challenged for the general election nomination.

Mortimer collected 8,158 votes to win re-election to a four-year term. There were 10 write-in votes cast.

Mortimer will be serving his ninth term in office. He is the longest serving officer in the history of Clarion County, surpassing the record of 24 years set by Richard Miller, who was the county’s register and recorder.

Treasurer

Incumbent Republican Tom McConnell was not challenged for the general election nomination and collected 7,974 votes to win re-election to a four-year term.

McConnell was unopposed in the primary election. He will be serving his second term in office. There were 17 write-in votes cast.

Auditors

Republican incumbents Sue Leonard and Jolene Weaver Frampton were not challenged for the general election nominations.

Leonard collected 5,488 votes and Weaver Frampton collected 5,459.

Democratic incumbent Pamela Zahoran was not challenged for a nomination and garnered 2,762 votes.

All three candidates were re-elected to four-year terms. There were 26 write-in votes cast.

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