MIFFLINTOWN - Magisterial District Judge Barbara M. Lyter won re-election for a fifth consecutive term, defeating opponents Tara E. Swartz and Gerald "Bub" Walton.
Lyter secured both the Democratic and Republican nominations with 348 votes and 761 votes, respectively. Swartz received 117 votes on the Democratic ticket and 352 votes on the Republican ticket, and Walton received 108 votes on the Democratic ticket and 334 votes on the Republican ticket, according to unofficial results.
Barring a successful write-in campaign, Lyter will begin her fifth six-year term as Juniata County magisterial district judge in January.
Lyter has served as Juniata County MDJ since 1989 when she was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Marian S. Mertz. She was elected in 1990, 1996, 2002 and 2008 to four consecutive six-year terms.
Lyter lives in Mifflintown. She is a graduate of Juniata High School and AOPC court certified as a MDJ. She is married to her husband, Donald, and has one son, Daniel, and daughter-in-law, Carolyn. Lyter has four grandchildren.
Lyter is a member of the Juniata County Business and Professional Women's Club, Kiwanis Club of Juniata ounty, Mifflin Chapter Order of the Eastern Star No. 260, Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania, Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Sun Home Health Service Community Advisory Board, Central Juniata EMS Board and Aldersgate United Methodist Church.