ELECTION 2013: Overman elected county coroner
Indiana County’s chief deputy coroner, Jerry Overman Jr., sailed to victory as the county’s next coroner Tuesday, garnering 10,139 votes as the only candidate for the position.
The Democrat from Homer City got his name on the ballot this fall by getting enough write-in votes in the spring primary election.
Mike Baker, who had served as coroner since 2006, announced earlier this year that he would not be seeking re-election and officially removed his name from the ballot in August.
Carol Hanna, one of Indiana County’s three Common Pleas Court judges, was retained by 74.9 percent of voters Tuesday and will serve another 10-year term. She was first elected in 2003. The vote to retain her was 9,329 to 3,128.
Republican Louise Hildebrand received 7,397 votes and Democrat Mary Jane Dellafiora received 5,331 votes for county jury commissioner, although it wasn’t a race because neither faced opposition.
Hildebrand and Dellafiora have served as jury commissioners since 2002 and 1989, respectively.
Republican Patricia R. Streams-Warman, of Indiana, unopposed for another term as register of wills and recorder of deeds, earned 11,009 votes. She will serve a sixth four-year term.
Blairsville Magisterial District Judge Jennifer Johnston Rega got 2,424 votes in an uncontested race for a third term on the bench.
Turnout in Tuesday’s election was 48.3 percent countywide — 26,811 of 55,414 registered voters. That’s markedly lower than the 57.4 percent from the municipal election in 2009 when 33,000 of 57,468 registered voters went to the polls.