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Westmoreland voters re-elect Christina O'Brien as prothonotary

Rich Cholodofsky
| Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, 10:57 p.m.

Democratic incumbent Christina O'Brien appeared to win a third term Tuesday as Westmoreland County prothonotary.

With 299 of 305 precincts reporting, O'Brien, 50, of Mt. Pleasant, held a lead of nearly 1,200 votes over Republican challenger Kimberly Horrell. O'Brien received 51 percent of the vote to 49 percent for Horrell.

Horrell, 52, of Hempfield, a deputy in the county's Register of Wills Office, was making her first bid for public office. She defeated two other candidates for prothonotary in the GOP primary in May.

During her campaign, O'Brien said eight years wasn't enough to finish the job, so she asked voters to give her four more years to conclude long-planned projects designed to make office operations more efficient.

The prothonotary, who oversees all civil and family court filings, serves a four-year term and earns $67,504 annually.

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