Aside from the race for sheriff, where Democrat James Albert ousted incumbent Republican Jonathan Held, the GOP dominated countywide row office races in Tuesday’s general election.
Based on unofficial results, Republicans held onto the county’s Register of Wills, Treasurer and Controller offices while taking over control of the Recorder of Deeds office as well.
Republican Sherry Magretti Hamilton edged Democrat Katie Pecarchik, who has worked in the Register of Wills office for 16 years, for Register of Wills.
According to unofficial results, Magretti Hamilton earned 55.41% of the vote (44,631) while Pecarchik took 44.54% (35,877).
The Register of Wills oversees estate records, wills, adoption filings and issues marriage licenses.
Incumbent county Treasurer Jared M. Squires of Mount Pleasant Township held off Democrat Matthew Mascara of Rostraver Township. Squires took 58.83% (47,378) of the vote compared to Mascara’s 41.12% (33,115) based on unofficial results.
Incumbent Westmoreland County Controller Jeffrey Balzer earned 55.3% of the vote (44,768 votes) compared to 44.66% (36,156) for Democratic challenger Mark Mears.
Meanwhile, former Republican Recorder of Deeds Frank Schiefer of Hempfield Township bounced Democrat Tom Murphy of New Kensington from the office, securing 54.07% (43,764) of the vote compared to Murphy’s 45.87% (37,127).
Schiefer previously served as Recorder of Deeds after winning election to the position in 2011, unseating Murphy, who had held the office for three terms at that point. He was unseated by Murphy in the 2015 election.
The Recorder of Deeds office oversees local property records for the county.