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Baldwin-Whitehall School Board fills vacancy

| Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, 8:41 p.m.

A former Baldwin-Whitehall School Board member and state representative was elected Wednesday night to fill the unexpired term of his brother who resigned.

Martin Schmotzer, 56, of Whitehall, who won a special election in April to fill the eight-month vacancy in the House 22nd District that opened when Chelsa Wagner was elected Allegheny County controller, was elected by a vote of 5-3. Board members Nancy Lee Crowder, Tracy Macek and Larry Pantuso voted no.

Schmotzer's brother, John Schmotzer, resigned on Nov. 14 after 11 years in office, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family and his job. The position has one year remaining on a four-year term.

Martin Schmotzer previously was elected for three terms as school director in the district.

Laura Van Wert is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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