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Rupert wins Democratic nod to run for Armstrong sheriff

| Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 2:36 a.m.
Bill Rupert

Armstrong County will have its first new sheriff in two decades and it won't be a current deputy sheriff.

Manor Township policeman Bill Rupert received 2,344 votes or 55 percent in defeating deputy sheriff and ArmNET coordinator Frank Pitzer for the Democratic nomination to replace longtime sheriff Larry Crawford, who retired in January.

Unofficial returns show that Pitzer received 1,869 votes or 44 percent.

Rupert, 44, of Rural Valley, has been an officer with the Manor Township Police Department for more than 12 years and previously served as a sheriff's deputy under Crawford.

In November, Rupert will face Republican candidate Chris Sweeney, 47, who received 2,482 votes or 51 percent in his unopposed bid on GOP ballots.

Sweeney, who operates the Rodeway Inn in Manor Township along with several other businesses, received just 3 percent more votes than write-in candidates who received 2,318 votes on the Republican side.

Write-in candidates are not listed in election night results.

In the polling for county coroner, current deputy coroner Brian Myers received 5,016 votes on Republican ballots and Roy Morrison received 3,015 votes for the Democratic nomination.

Both had no opposition in their parties.

Myers, who was at the Armstrong Courthouse for the election results on Tuesday evening, said he was encouraged by the results.

“I just want to thank everyone who voted for me from both parties for their overwhelming support,” said Myers.

“It's nice to see they put their trust in me and I know I continue to be the most-qualified candidate.”

In the race for jury commissioner, Paul “PK” Kijowski received 2,254 or 57 percent of the votes to defeat Patricia Graff Fiori for the Democratic nomination. Graff Fiori received 1,632 votes or 41 percent. Karen Schreckengost received 3,401 or 67 percent of votes to defeat Bambi Rush Toy for the Republican nomination. Rush Toy received 1,593 or 31 percent.

District Attorney Scott Andreassi ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination to retain his position and received 3,906 votes. No Republicans are running for the post.

Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303 or tkaran@tribweb.com.

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