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Row officers re-elected; Leskinen new Fayette judge

| Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001

UNIONTOWN - The general election on Tuesday offered no surprises for Fayette County row officers - all were incumbents and all were unopposed.

Fayette County row officers seeking re-election Tuesday were: treasurer, recorder of deeds and a jury commissioner from each party.

While the race for a seat on the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas was hotly contested in the spring primary, Uniontown attorney Steven Leskinen broke away from his three other opponents and secured both the Democratic and Republican nominations.

The district justice presiding over areas of Bullskin, Saltlick and Springfield townships sought -and received- another 6-year term.

All results are unofficial and include all of the county's 105 precincts reporting.

Judge of Court of Common Pleas

Leskinen, of North Union Township, secured both party nominations following the May primary when he defeated three other opponents, including his former boss, Fayette County District Attorney Nancy D. Vernon, by more than 2,500 votes.

In Tuesday's general election, Leskinen secured 12,792 votes from Democratic party members and 6,078 votes from Republican voters.

His accession to the bench was in jeopardy until South Union Township legislator Larry Roberts drafted a bill, which was later signed into law by then-Gov. Tom Ridge, creating a temporary sixth seat on the Fayette County bench until the retirement of President Judge William J. Franks on Dec. 31, 2002.

The sixth seat was necessary since voters statewide approved a referendum in the May primary that allowed judges, including Franks, to serve out the year of their 70th birthday rather than having to retire on Jan. 6, 2002, thus voiding Leskinen's victory.

Leskinen had served in the district attorney's office for 10 years and has been a partner in the law firm of Leskinen & Cook for 21 years. He is also solicitor for several municipalities and the county's domestic relations office.

County Treasurer

Robert F. "Bobby" Danko of Central Avenue, Masontown, was elected to his fourth term as county treasurer. Danko, a Democrat, garnered 13,787 votes.

Danko has stated that his decision to seek another term in office was influenced by the number of projects initiated by the county, including the administration of county bond issue.

Recorder of Deeds

David B. Malosky of Smock was elected to his fifth term as recorder of deeds . Malosky, a Democrat, received 13,467 votes.

He has stated that the office of recorder of deeds is not highly publicized but is important because of the revenue it generates for the county's coffers. Malosky expects this revenue to increase in the next four years because of anticipated economic development in Fayette County.

Jury Commissioners

Unopposed on the Republican ticket for jury commissioner was incumbent Marion J. Dean of Vanderbilt. He received 6,091 votes. Dean was elected to his third term to this part-time position.

Unopposed on the Democratic ticket for jury commissioner was Tim Mahoney of Uniontown. He received 11,732 votes.

District Justice 14-3-07

Incumbent District Justice Robert Breakiron cross-filed and secured both the Republican and Democratic nominations for the general election. On Tuesday, he received 969 Republican votes and 732 Democratic votes.

Breakiron, of Indian Head, presides over Bullskin, Saltlick and Springfield townships, encompassing the villages of Indian Head, White, Normalville, Champion, Mill Run and Melcroft.

Breakiron has served since 1983 and his office has handled more than 18,000 cases ranging from local ordinances to homicides. He is currently serving as president of the Fayette County District Justice Association of Pennsylvania.

On Friday, the county's return board will begin computing and canvassing the election returns. By Nov. 26, the county's board of elections must meet to certify the results of the general election to the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

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