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Iezzi concedes in Westmoreland County commissioner's race

| Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 5:06 p.m.

South Greensburg Councilwoman Linda Iezzi on Wednesday conceded the Democratic nomination for county commissioner.

Yesterday was the deadline for candidates to ask for a recount of the official election results for the May primary.

Those results, which were certified last week, showed that Iezzi finished just 74 votes behind second-place finisher Gerald Lucia, the mayor of Mt. Pleasant Borough.

No requests for recounts were filed in Common Pleas Court and the election results became final, according to Beth Lechman, voting system coordinator with the Westmoreland County Election Bureau.

Lucia and incumbent Commissioner Ted Kopas will face Republican incumbent Charles Anderson and his running mate, Greensburg businessman Tyler Courtney, in the Nov. 8 general election.

The top three vote-getters will win seats on the county board of commissioners.

Iezzi said the cost to recount all 306 precincts, which would exceed $15,000, was too prohibitive.

Iezzi said she still is not ready to endorse the Democrats in the fall election.

"I wish them luck, but I'm not going away," Iezzi said. "Whether I'm going to support them is a decision I'll base on who is the most qualified."

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