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Dems to seek nominations to fill Reynolds' North Irwin seat

| Friday, May 17, 2013, 3:39 p.m.

North Irwin Council is seeking someone to replace the late, longtime councilman Bernard Reynolds — at least for now.

The Westmoreland Democratic Committee will name a candidate to run for remainder of Reynolds' North Irwin Council term in November. In the meantime, council can appoint someone to fill Reynolds seat until Dec. 31, said Jim Montini, director of the elections bureau.

The Westmoreland County Elections Bureau plans to seek candidates from the Democratic Committee to replace Reynolds, a Democrat, because he died in the middle of his fifth term on council. Reynolds' term was set to expire in 2015.

Reynolds, 80, died May 9 after collapsing in the borough's streets-department garage.

Democrats make up the majority of voters in North Irwin.

According to Pennsylvania Department of State records, 537 North Irwin residents were registered to vote in 2012, with Democrats making up 289 voters, while Republicans account for 192 voters.

The November election will determine six seats — four four-year terms and two two-year terms – on the seven-person council.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626, or bpedersen@tribweb.com.

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