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Gongaware wins first term as district judge in North Huntingdon

Paul Peirce
| Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

Incumbent North Huntingdon District Judge Wayne Gongaware won his first six-year term as district judge in Tuesday's election.

Gongaware, 68, of North Huntingdon, easily defeated newcomer, Kash Snyder, 47, a former North Versailles Township commissioner, taking 89 percent of the votes to Snyder's 11 percent, with 31 of 32 precincts reporting.

The district serves residents in North Huntingdon Township, Irwin and North Irwin boroughs.

Gongaware retired as an assistant district attorney with Westmoreland County in 2016 and was appointed to fill the unexpired term of former district Judge Douglas Weimer Jr., who retired.

A lifelong township resident, Gongaware won both the Democrat and Republican party nominations in the primary. Snyder, a notary public, obtained sufficient signatures from voters to run as a minor party candidate.

Snyder, who lists an address in Irwin as his permanent residence, ran an unsuccessful campaign for district judge in 2015 in nearby North Versailles, Allegheny County, where he owns a home.

The position pays $89,438 a year.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2860, or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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