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DeWeese seat goes to Snyder

| Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, 10:40 p.m.

Greene County Commission Chairwoman Pam Snyder handily defeated Waynesburg Councilman Mark W. Fischer in the race to represent the district previously held by disgraced former House leader Bill DeWeese.

Snyder, a Democrat, defeated Fischer, a Republican, 57.6 percent to 41.5 percent, according to preliminary results for the 50th District.

Snyder, 56, of Jefferson Township replaces DeWeese, 62, a Democrat and former state House Speaker, who held the seat for 36 years. DeWeese's name was stripped from the ballot after a jury convicted him of corruption charges last spring and a judge sentenced him to 2 12 to five years in state prison.

“I'm feeling wonderful ... really, really touched and overwhelmed,” Snyder said from the American Legion in Carmichaels.

Fischer, 50, of Waynesburg operates an antiques store in downtown Waynesburg. He said that although he was disappointed with the result, he ran a good campaign without taking large sums of money from special interests.

“I offered the voters a clear choice, someone without baggage … and they went with the status quo. That's unfortunate,” Fischer said.

Snyder unsuccessfully challenged DeWeese in the 2010 primary. She worked for eight years as deputy district director for the late U.S. Rep. Frank Mascara of Washington County.

Snyder said restoring funding to public education will be her top issue when she goes to Harrisburg in January so “our kids all have a fair and equitable chance at a good education.”

The 50th District includes all of Greene County; East Bethlehem Township and Centerville Borough in Washington County; and Brownsville, Masontown and Point Marion boroughs and German and Luzerne townships in Fayette County.

Kari Andren is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2856 or

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