GOP leader gets nod for Westmoreland prothonotary
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 12:21 a.m.
The former director of the Westmoreland County Republican Committee claimed victory on Tuesday in the GOP primary for prothonotary.
With 286 of 306 precincts reporting, Mike Powers appeared to win the nomination. He will face the incumbent, Democrat Christina O'Brien, in the general election in November.
O'Brien, 46, who will seek a second term in the office that oversees civil and family court records, was unopposed on Tuesday.
According to unofficial results, Powers received 62 percent of the vote. Carl Stepanovich, 69, of Murrysville, received 38 percent.
“Now we just have to get out to the rest of the county and show I'm here to work,” Powers said. “Hopefully, we can start to change the county one piece at a time.”
Powers, 25, of New Stanton works as a supervisor at UPS. During the campaign, he said he wanted to oversee installation of a computer system that will allow for the electronic filing of court documents, to accept credit-card payments in the office and to extend hours so customers can apply for passports in the evenings.
A South Union woman beat out three other candidates to win the Democratic nomination for prothonotary in Fayette County, while a Uniontown woman won the party's nomination for treasurer.
With 74 of 98 precincts reporting, Nina Capuzzi Frankhouser, 50, had 34 percent of the vote for prothonotary.
She was followed by Pamela Hudson, 56, of North Union, with 32 percent, Paul Shipley, 29, of North Union, with 28 percent and Robert “Ted” Pritchard, 61, of Fairchance, with 6 percent.
Frankhouser works in the county recorder of deeds office. There were no Republicans seeking that party's nomination for prothonotary. Barring a successful write-in campaign by another candidate, Wilson is virtually assured of winning office in the November election. A two-year term for prothonotary opened when incumbent Lance Winterhalter quit in the middle of his term.
With 74 of 98 precincts reporting, Nancy Wilson, 64, won the Democratic nomination in the eight-way race for treasurer, according to unofficial results. She has worked in the treasurer's office for 33 years.
There were no Republicans running for that nomination, meaning Wilson is virtually assured of a win in November.
Wilson had 20 percent of the vote, followed by Brad W. Geyer, 31, of Connellsville, with 17 percent; Mike Zimcosky, 45, of Smock, 14 percent; Lawrence Roberts, 71, of South Union, 13 percent; Larry Russman, 51, of North Union, 13 percent; Beth Kerns Patton, 43, of Bullskin, 12 percent; Melvin E. Lerch Jr., 59, of Franklin, 7 percent; and Thomas Pearson III, 61, of North Union, 4 percent.
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