Democratic candidate Tracie L. Vargo won the Democratic nomination Tuesday night for Fayette County Recorder of Deeds.
With 78 of the 79 precincts or 98.7 percent reporting, Vargo received 5,347 votes or 48.7 percent to lead her two opponents, Timothy C. Dye and Rita J. Yantko.
Yantko garnered 3,037 votes or 27 percent
Dye followed in third place with 2,875 votes or 25.5 percent.
On the Republican side, Soni Shaner Mancuso, who was running unopposed, received 3,540 votes.
Vargo has worked in the Recorder of Deeds office for the past 10 years, having made a few lateral moves to become the current Chief Deputy Recorder of Deeds.
A lifelong resident of Fayette County, Vargo graduated from Belle Vernon Area High School in 1983.
While working at the Recorder of Deeds office, Vargo continued her education at Penn State University to become a certified paralegal.
When running for office, Vargo said she was the most “experienced, qualified and dedicated” person for the position.
“During my years with the Recorder of Deeds, we have made a vast number of improvements and upgrades to accommodate all industries of the real estate sector, veteran discharges and also the preservation of our Fayette County real estate records, for which this process continued on a daily basis,” Vargo said in a press release prior to the election.
Before she won the election, Vargo thanked her family, friends, constituents and supporters for “believing in me to continue what I love doing, serving the people of Fayette County.
Vargo also wanted to thank the current Fayette County Recorder of Deeds David Malosky who gave her “his full support and confidence” in seeking the position.”