Candidates for sheriff earn places on either side of the line

MIFFLINTOWN – Two candidates running for Juniata County sheriff secured their respective parties’ nominations during Tuesday’s primary election.

Incumbent H. Thomas Lyter won the Democratic nomination with 906 votes, and opponent Glenn S. Kerstetter won the Republican nomination with 1,757 votes, according to unofficial results. The candidates will face off for the position in the November election.

Lyter has served as Juniata County sheriff since 1990 and also is a former co-owner of Casner’s Service Center.

He is a graduate of Juniata High School, Mifflin-Juniata Vo-tech, Delaware University/courtroom security, Indian University/vehicle crimes code and accident investigations, PA Department of Corrections/weapons of mass destruction, emergency first responder, pandemic influenza planning, Attorney General’s drug I.D. and eradication and field testing, jail evacuation and implantation.

Lyter is married to his wife, Carol, and has a daughter, Michelle, and son-in-law, Travis Holler.

Lyter is a member of South Juniata Baptist Church, PA Sheriff’s Association, National Sheriff’s Association, Multi-Disciplinary Team, Local Emergency Planning Committee, PA State Senior Citizens Advisory Board, Communications Advisory Board, Constitutional Sheriff’s and Peace Officer’s Association and Sunday School Superintendent.

Kerstetter has served as the Juniata County deputy register and recorder and previously worked at the Juniata County Prison.

He is a 1989 graduate of East Juniata High School and is certified as a Pennsylvania Department of Health Emergency Medical Technician in 1989. He graduated from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Academy in 2004. Kerstetter has completed courses in incident command, safety and security, weapons qualification, street survival, public information classes and other firefighting and EMT continuing education course, including school safety seminars.

Kerstetter is married to his wife, Lori Ann, and resides in McAlisterville.

He is chief of Fayette Township EMS, president of Fayette Fire Company, assistant treasurer of Juniata County Ambulance Association, director of Port Royal EMS, appointed officer of Union Lodge No. 324 F&AM, and is a member of the Juniata County Communications Advisory Board, Juniata County EMA, Public Information Officer, Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Association and the National Sheriff’s Association.

Also during the Tuesday primary election, two incumbent county employees secured nominations for the November election.

Barring a successful write-in campaign, Alicia A. Seigler, of Port Royal, will begin her fifth year as Juniata County register and recorder in January. Seigler received 2,053 votes on the Republican ticket, according to unofficial results.

Sandra F. King secured the nomination for Juniata County treasurer with 2,066 votes on the Republican ticket, according to unofficial results. Barring a successful write-in campaign, King, of Mifflintown, will begin her eighth year as treasurer in January.