WAYNESBURG – A crowded field has entered the race for Greene County board of commissioners.

Four Democrats and three Republicans filed their nominating petitions at the Greene County elections office before Tuesday afternoon’s deadline to be placed on the ballot for the May 21 primary.

All three incumbent commissioners, Blair Zimmerman, Dave Coder and Archie Trader, filed to run. So, too, did former commissioner Charles Morris.

Zimmerman, Coder and Morris – all Franklin Township residents – will be challenged by Lisa Sowden of Morgan Township in the Democratic primary. Trader, a Washington Township resident, faces a challenge from Betsy Rohanna McClure of Franklin Township and Mike Belding of Whiteley Township.

The field will be whittled down to two for each party vying for three seats on the board in the November election.

There also will be a contested race for Greene County district attorney, a position that is being vacated at the end of the year by Marjorie Fox when her term expires. Patrick Fitch and Jessica Phillips, both of Waynesburg, are vying for the Democratic nomination and the winner will most likely face David Russo, the only Republican to file in the race.

Ami Cree and Sheila Elliott Stewart filed as Democrats for county controller. The position is open after David Balint won election last fall to serve as district judge. He was replaced by Carol Gooden, who has been working as acting controller since that time.

The rest of the county office positions are uncontested races held by Democratic incumbents. Sherry Wise filed for clerk of courts, Susan White for prothonotary, Donna Tharp for register and record, and Cory Grandel for treasurer. District Judge Lee Watson filed unopposed as a Democrat for the only open magistrate seat in the county.

Regional Editor

Mike Jones has worked in the news industry, both in print and online, since 2005. He is responsible for managing the Observer-Reporter’s bureau in Greene County and editing The Almanac, published weekly in the South Hills.

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