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Fayette row officers to face challenges

| Thursday, March 13, 2003

First-term Fayette County Controller Mark Roberts will face opposition in the May 20 primary, along with four other county row officers.

Roberts, who gained notice for his frequent face-offs against Fayette County Commissioner Sean Cavanagh and for his projections of large deficits, faces three opponents.

Former welder and one-time USWA union president John Croftcheck, a fellow Democrat, will challenge Roberts in May for the party's nomination.

The other two, Republicans John Mikita, a former Brownsville Area School District director, and Art Capella, the Connellsville City treasurer, will face off for the right to take on the winner of the Roberts-Croftcheck contest.

Fayette County District Attorney Nancy Vernon faces a former opponent, Uniontown attorney and county Assistant Solicitor John Cupp, for the Democratic nomination. No one filed nomination papers on the GOP side.

Vernon, a first-term district attorney, bested Cupp in 1999 to replace her former boss, Ralph Warman, who had been appointed judge.

First-term Sheriff Gary Brownfield, a former state trooper, will run against Mark Santore, who was chief deputy when his mother, Norma Santore, was sheriff.

Brownfield defeated Norma Santore in 1999.

Prothonotary Lance Winterhalter faces a primary challenge from Debbie Bortz, a one-time employee of the District Attorney's Office.

Winterhalter is in his third term.

Clerk of Courts Janice Snyder is in her third term as well. She will run against Sean Lally, who works in the construction business.

The county coroner, Dr. Phillip E. Reilly, faces no opposition, nor does Register of Wills Donald Redmond.

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