Rural Valley pals win coroner, sheriff races
By Brigid Beatty
Published: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, 2:41 a.m.
The numbers said it all. Voters from both leading parties across Armstrong County threw their support behind two contenders for key positions by electing Democrat Bill Rupert for sheriff and Republican Brian Myers for coroner.
Of the 40,992 registered voters in the county, 31.66 percent showed up to cast a total of 12,978 votes.
According to the unofficial count, Democrat Bill Rupert garnered 70.55 percent of the vote for the position of Armstrong County Sheriff, beating out Republican Chris Sweeney, who received 28.91 percent.
Rupert's unofficial tally was 8,906 to Sweeney's 3,649.
There were 69 write-ins.
Republican Brian K. Myers bested Democrat Roy Morrison for the position of Armstrong County Coroner.
Myers won 78.85 percent of the vote with 9,844 votes to Morrison's 20.98 percent or 2,619 votes, according to the unofficial count.
There were 21 write-in votes.
“Those numbers are nice,” Myers said on Tuesday as the preliminary results started coming in.
“You can't win this big without the support from the other party,” he said. “It shows that people in Armstrong County are voting for quality and experience.”
Rupert, who was standing nearby in the courthouse annex, agreed.
Myers and Rupert are long-time friends and are both Rural Valley residents. They made the rounds together at parades, gun shows and other community events during their campaigns.
Both Myers and Rupert said they were grateful to the support they received from their families, from residents, officials and the row offices.
Myers said he and Rupert will continue to work together for the benefit of the community.
Outgoing county Coroner Bob Bower said he was happy for Myers on his win.
“I'm very excited for Brian. For the past seven years he has become very efficient and proficient in statutes pertaining to the coroner's office,” Bower said. “He will do well. He will serve his office and the county well with his new duties. I will always be available to him.”
District Attorney Scott J. Andreassi, who ran unopposed, garnered 11,574 votes out of a total of 11,658 votes. There were 84 write-in votes.
Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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