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Cordaro, George Jr. top ballots for judge

submitted - Linda Cordaro
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>submitted</em></div>Linda Cordaro
submitted - South Union District Judge Joseph M. George Jr.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>submitted</em></div>South Union District Judge Joseph M. George Jr.
- Jack Purcell
Jack Purcell
submitted - Doug Sepic, candidate for Fayette County Common Pleas Court
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>submitted</em></div>Doug Sepic, candidate for Fayette County Common Pleas Court
submitted - Steven Walton, candidate for Fayette Common Pleas Court
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>submitted</em></div>Steven Walton, candidate for Fayette Common Pleas Court

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 12:06 a.m.

Two candidates won both the Democratic and Republican nominations in the five-way primary for judge in Fayette County, unofficial results indicated Tuesday.

With 93 of 98 precincts reporting, Linda Cordaro, 52, and Joseph George Jr., 42, were the top two candidates on both ballots to beat out three other candidates.

All five candidates were cross-filed.

Cordaro garnered the most votes on both tickets, tallying 30 percent of the Republican vote to George's 25 percent.

On the Democratic side, Cordaro had 30 percent of the vote to George's 29 percent.

George and Cordaro, both Democrats, beat out Democrats Jack Purcell, 55, of Wharton Township, and Doug Sepic, 45, of South Union and Republican Steven Walton, 47, of Menallen.

Purcell took 18 percent of the Republican vote, followed by Sepic with 15 percent and Walton with 12. On the Democratic side, Purcell had 21 percent to Sepic's 16 percent and Walton's 4 percent.

“I want to congratulate all of the candidates and I want to thank all of my supporters for making this possible. I'm looking forward to serving on the Common Pleas bench,” George said.

Cordaro could not be reached for comment.

Cordaro is an assistant district attorney and principal in the Connellsville law firm Horewitz, Cordaro, Dietz and Miele. George is an elected district justice in South Union and maintains a private practice in Uniontown.

Two 10-year terms on the bench opened when Ralph Warman and Gerald Solomon retired to become part-time senior judges.

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