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May 22, 2013

Somerset attorney wins nod for judge

WINDBER — A Somerset attorney has a clear path to become the next district judge in the county’s northern tier.

William Seger, 52, handily defeated fellow Windber challenger Bill Telek on both the Democratic and Republican ticket Tuesday night, according to an unofficial tally.

With all of the magisterial district’s 15 precincts counted, Seger had more than 70 percent of the votes on both ballots, meaning he’ll be the lone nominee on the fall ballot – and barring a write-in upset the area’s next district magistrate.

According to an unofficial tally, Seger had 1,000 votes to Telek’s 311 on the Democratic ticket. 

He had 488 votes on the Republican compared to Telek’s 199 votes.

Seger had touted his decades of legal experience as an attorney. He’s served as a solicitor for numerous local boards, including the Windber Municipal Authority.

“My promise is to be a fair and partial judge and look at each case based on their own merits,” Seger said last week.

He was not reached for comment late Tuesday night.

For Telek, it was his latest of several runs at elected office, including state representative, a seat his late father held for years.

“It happens,” Telek said of the outcome, saying he believed he would have fared better if turnout was higher. “When his people go out to vote and mine stay home, there’s not much you can do.”

The magisterial district comprises a large portion of northern Somerset County and will include Benson, Central City, Hooversville, Paint and Windber boroughs – as well as the townships of Ogle, Paint and Shade next year.

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