In one of the three area state House races without an incumbent candidate, Democrats appeared to be holding the seat formerly held by powerhouse Bill DeWeese, who was convicted on corruption charges in February and then tossed off the ballot in August.
Pam Snyder, 56, of Jefferson, was up by a nearly 3-2 margin with 7,000 votes counted. She served as a Greene County commissioner for nine years.
"The key was having a district of people that have known me my whole life, have watched me my whole life in the public arena," she said as results showed her firmly in command.
Though she didn't want to talk about DeWeese, Ms. Snyder noted that, "Voters right now want someone that they know, trust and can have faith in." She said she'll continue to "leave the politics at the door," as she has on the county commission.
Falling short was Republican Mark Fischer, 51, a Waynesburg council member and business manager.
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