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Incumbents claim 3 of 4 seats on Hempfield Area school board

Jamie Martines
| Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

Sitting board members claimed three of the four open seats on the Hempfield Area School Board in Tuesday's election.

Incumbents Diane Ciabattoni, 70, and current board President Sonya Brajdic, 55, both won another term with 22.5 and 22.4 percent of the vote, respectively.

They will be joined by Scott Learn, 49, a dentist with a practice in Latrobe who was appointed to the board in June to fill a vacancy. He garnered 22.9 percent of the vote.

Three candidates — Brajdic, Ciabattoni and Learn — cross-filed on both the Democratic and Republican tickets. Chris Rossman, 35, ran on the Republican ballot and David Iwig, 49, ran as a Democrat.

Iwig, manager of technology development at Arconic, trailed Rossman, director of sales at Process and Flow Technologies, with 14.8 percent of the vote. Rossman secured the fourth open seat with 17.1 percent.

Jamie Martines is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at, 724-850-2867 or on Twitter @Jamie_Martines.

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