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Scherer wins GOP write-in

| Friday, June 22, 2007

Westmoreland County Sheriff Chris Scherer will have a familiar opponent this fall -- himself.

Scherer, a two-term Democrat, secured the Republican nomination for sheriff through an organized write-in campaign that netted him 340 votes. Candidates for countywide offices needed at least 250 signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

On Monday, Scherer's vote total and all of the other ballots cast in last month's primary were certified as official by the county Board of Election.

His write-in victory means that Scherer is assured of winning his third term as sheriff.

Scherer, who received the most votes of any candidate on the May primary ballot with more than 30,000, said he actively worked to secure the GOP nomination.

"I worked the polls and asked Republicans in my neighborhood to vote for me. I also did a small mailing targeting Republicans in the area where I live," Scherer said.

Republicans had no candidates for sheriff or controller. Controller Carmen Pedicone received about 140 write-in votes, which was not enough to qualify him as the Republican candidate.

Pedicone will have no opponent in the fall.

Other Democratic row officers seeking re-election this fall will have Republican opposition. Treasurer Kathalyn O'Brien will run against Republican Frank Schiefer, and Recorder of Deeds Tom Murphy will face a challenge from Patrick Laughlin.

Register of Wills Earl Keim will have a challenge this fall from Democrat Wayne Doptis, of Monessen, who entered the Republican primary and received more than 15,000 votes.

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