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CAMPAIGN 2013: Election preview lists county posts

by The Indiana Gazette on October 28, 2013 11:00 AM

In Indiana County, there is only one contested row office race in the Nov. 5 general election.

Republican Helen Clark and incumbent Democrat Sandra Kirkland are vying for Indiana County treasurer.

Kirkland, of Blacklick Township, is the incumbent, seeking her seventh term. She was first elected in 1989 and has held the job since January 1990.

Clark, of Indiana, has served for the last decade as Indiana County auditor and announced her candidacy for treasurer in May. She was unopposed on the GOP ballot, garnering 4,974 votes.

The county treasurer is responsible for the sales of fishing, hunting and dog licenses. The office also handles the sales of pistol permits, boat transfers, small games of chance and bingo licenses. Millions of dollars in revenue comes through the office, where it is recorded in various accounts and deposited in local banks.

Candidate profiles for that race will be published on Wednesday.

All other seats for county office that are up for election have just one candidate running.

When county Coroner Mike Baker, a Republican, accepted another job in Allegheny County earlier this year and indicated he would not run again, Chief Deputy Coroner Jerry Overman Jr., a Democrat from Homer City, campaigned for enough write-in votes in the primary election to get on the ballot this fall.

Baker officially removed his name from the ballot in early August. He had served as coroner since 2006, being re-elected in 2009.

Both Republican Louise Hildebrand and Democrat Mary Jane Dellafiora are household names in the county’s political circles. Hildebrand has served as county jury commissioner since 2002, and Dellafiora has been in the post since January 1989, when she was appointed to succeed the late John Griffith. Hildebrand was re-elected in 2005 and 2009. Dellafiora was elected in 1989, then re-elected in 1993, 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2009.

Both will be re-elected, barring a successful opposing write-in campaign.

Republican Patricia R. Streams-Warman, of Indiana, is also a familiar name at the county level. She faces no opposition in her bid for a sixth term as register of wills, recorder of deeds and clerk of orphans court, a position she has held since 1994.

Republican Jennifer Johnson Rega, of Blairsville, is up for a retention vote as Blairsville’s magisterial district judge. If she’s successful, she will serve a third term, having first been elected in 2001 and re-elected in 2007.

Voters will be given a separate ballot to vote on judicial appointments.

Carol Hanna, judge of the Indiana County Court of Common Pleas, is up for a retention vote, as is required every 10 years. Hanna was elected in 2003 as the county’s first female judge.

Statewide, voters have a choice for Superior Court judge: Republican Vic Stabile or Democratic challenger Jack McVay Jr.

Other state judges are up for retention: Supreme Court justices Max Bauer and Ronald Castille and Superior Court judges Susan Peikes Gantman and Jack Panella.

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