Voters in Tuesday’s general election chose Mike Stewart and Republican state Rep. Justin Walsh to fill two available seats on the Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas.

Mike Stewart, a Democrat, earned both Democratic and Republican nominations in May’s primary election.

Jessica Rafferty secured a Democratic nomination and Justin Walsh earned the GOP nomination.

Stewart led all vote-getters with 39.8% (55,225) of the vote, followed by Walsh, who finished with 31.53% (43,742). Rafferty earned 28.54% (39,598).

Stewart, 37, of Hempfield Township graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2009 and later joined Stewart, McArdle, Sorice, Whalen, Farrell, Finoli & Cavanaugh, a Greensburg-based practice known for its work in family law.

Walsh, 47, of Rostraver Township has been the state representative for Pennsylvania’s 58th District since 2016, and has more than 20 years of law and business experience. His district includes Jeannette and Monessen cities; East Huntingdon (part), Hempfield (part), Rostraver, Sewickley and South Huntingdon townships, and Adamsburg, Arona, Madison, Mount Pleasant, North Belle Vernon, Penn, Smithton, Sutersville and West Newton boroughs.

Rafferty, 39, of Unity Township is a lawyer with the Greensburg firm of Quatrini Rafferty, P.C. with a focus on family law and civil litigation. She is a 1998 graduate of Greater Latrobe Senior High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bucknell University and a law degree from George Mason University. Before attending law school, Rafferty worked at a juvenile detention center and served in the Peace Corps.

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