Shelley Shingler will serve as mayor of Seward Borough after securing victory in Tuesday’s general election.

Shingler, who received 67 votes (88.16%), was cross-filed on the Republican and Democratic sides. Nine write-in votes were cast in the mayoral race.

Meanwhile, David Wingard, one of only two GOP candidates listed on the ballot in the May primary, narrowly missed his chance to win one of four open four-year seats on Seward Borough Council in the general election.

Republican Nancy Pennell, Democrat David Croyle, and Brian Custer and Jackie Ressler, who were cross-filed for the Republican and Democratic parties, all had more votes than Wingard, but with a whopping 198 write-in votes cast in the council race, it’s too early to tell who the real winners are.

Looking strictly at the candidates listed on the ballot, Custer was the top vote-getter with 36 (11.08%), followed by Ressler with 28 (8.62%), Pennell with 27 (8.31%) and Croyle with 21 (6.46%). Wingard received 15 votes (4.62%), according to unofficial election results from the Westmoreland County Election Bureau.

None of the candidates submitted a campaign announcement to the Bulletin.

Fifty-one write in votes were cast in the race for one open two-year term on council, which had no candidates on the ballot, so the winners in that competition, too, likely will be decided by write-in votes.

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