A former Unity Township official has appeared to reclaim his supervisor post, according to Tuesday’s unofficial general election results.
Mike O’Barto, who served as supervisor for more than 20 years before joining the Greater Latrobe School Board, earned a six-year term on the township’s board of supervisors by defeating Democratic challenger Doug Murphy.
According to Tuesday’s unofficial results, O’Barto received 3,325 votes (59.1% of the vote). Murphy earned 2,285 votes (40.6%).
Nine write-in votes were also cast.
O’Barto earned the Republican nomination for the post with a victory over two challengers in May’s primary election. He garnered just over 50% of the vote to edge Paul McCommons (39.4%) and Marcus Burrik (9.6%) for the nomination.
O’Barto is in line to replace Tom Ulishney, who is not running for re-election after being elected as supervisor in November 2013.
O’Barto served as a township supervisor for 24 years through December 2017.
In his campaign announcement, O’Barto said he hoped to create more job opportunities as supervisor by working with businesses that want to expand and employ more workers. He is against tax increases for property owners.
Murphy had touted his nearly 40 years of business experience and strength with numbers.
Republican Bill Hogel earned a six-year term as township auditor, per unofficial election results. The lone candidate from either party for the position, he received 4,317 votes (99.2%). There were 32 write-in votes for auditor.