JC Sheriff keeps post in close race

MIFFLINTOWN – Veteran lawman H. Thomas Lyter retained his position against challenger Glenn Scott Kerstetter in what proved to be a close contest Tuesday for Juniata County Sheriff.

Lyter, who won the Democratic nomination in the May Primary, secured 2,532 votes, while Kerstetter, the Republican nominee, secured 2,327 votes, according to unofficial election results.

Having served as the county’s sheriff for the past 24 years, Lyter secured another four-year term of public service.

“It was a hard-fought battle. One vote more than my opponent is as good as a thousand more,” Lyter said after the final ballots were in. “Thank you to my constituents who believed in my experience enough to support and vote for me again.”

During Lyter’s tenure the Juniata County Sheriff’s office has undergone many changes, including the difficult closure of the Juniata County prison in 2012 and the 2005 measure that stripped Pennsylvania’s sheriffs of the authority to conduct most types of criminal investigations. Lyter has said he would like to see sheriffs regain that authority to help provide an additional level of security to county residents.

Three other incumbent candidates ran uncontested Tuesday for two county row offices and a district judge seat:

Magisterial District Judge Barbara M. Lyter W secured 2,370 votes

Register and Recorder Alicia Anstine Seigler secured 4,206 votes

Treasurer Sandra Fairman King secured 4,190 votes

Of the county’s 13,300 registered voters a total of 9,838 ballots were cast, representing voter turnout of 73.97 percent, according to unofficial election results.