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In Youngwood Council race, six candidates, five seats, four winners

Matthew Santoni
| Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, 9:51 p.m.

There were six candidates and five seats, but only four winners in the race for Youngwood Borough Council Tuesday.

Charles Lutz, 65, a Democrat, won both the two-year term created by former councilman Kris Long's appointment to mayor last year, with 57 percent of the vote, and one of the four-year terms, with 22 percent.

The other three winners of the four-year seats were Timothy Vastell, 45, with 22 percent of the vote; Billy Cowherd, with 15 percent; and Republican Paula Mazurek, 58, with 15 percent.

Rita Naugle, 64, and John Hajdukiewicz, 59, fell short with 14 and 12 percent of the vote, respectively.

Lutz and Mazurek ran for the two-year and four-year seats; with Lutz winning both, Westmoreland County elections officials said he will choose which one to take and council will appoint someone to the other.

Borough council members are paid $1,800 a year.

Matthew Santoni is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724 836 6660, msantoni@tribweb.com or on Twitter @msantoni.

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