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Rich Cholodofsky

The Greater Westmoreland County Labor Council announced it has endorsed a slate of candidates seeking county office this year.

The organization, which is affiliated with the AFL-CIO labor unions, announced it will support lawyers Mike Stewart and Jessica Rafferty in their bids to fill two vacancies on the Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas. Six candidates are seeking the judicial seats.

Labor council delegates also endorsed incumbent Democratic Commissioners Ted Kopas and Gina Cerilli, who are running unopposed this spring, incumbent Democrat Recorder of Deeds Tom Murphy and Katie Pecarchik, one of two Democrats running in the spring primary who seek to oust Republican Register of Wills Sherry Magretti Hamilton.

Other candidates endorsed were: Mark Mears, a Democrat running for county controller; Democrat Matt Mascara in the race for county Treasurer; and James Albert, the lone Democrat running for county sheriff.

“The candidates that we have endorsed have shown over the course of their various careers a commitment to working people,” said Harriet Ellenberger, the labor council’s secretary.

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