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Love upsets Vilello for prothonotary

Cindy Love

From Staff Reports

Woodward Township resident Cindy Love will be Clinton County’s next prothonotary.

A newcomer to public office, Love upset Democratic incumbent Marie Vilello by an unofficial 496 votes.

Early on as results came in Tuesday night, Vilello held a margin over Love.

But about half-way through the tabulating Love overtook the incumbent and never looked back.

Love tallied 4,217 votes to Vilello’s total of 3,721.

The totals are based on all of the county’s 34 precincts reporting but are unofficial.

Only 7 write-in votes were tallied in the race for prothonotary.

Vilello was seeking her third, 4-year term.

A prothonotary also is the clerk of the courts whose office its records, keeps the seal, issues processes, enters judgment and orders and certifies records. The office is responsible for processing the documents that directly and materially affect the legal relationships and legal commerce of the citizens of the county.

Some of the duties of a prothonotary may include accepting documents for filing, issues writs, initiating execution proceedings, taking bonds in civil cases; and processing appeals. In addition, the prothonotary may have miscellaneous record keeping duties such as the recording of notary public signatures, mechanics’ liens, municipal claims and tax liens.

Love has served as an elected judge of elections for over 35 years in Woodward Township and previously Dunnstable Township. She also held the office of auditor for Dunnstable Township and has been a notary public in the state of Pennsylvania for over 10 years.

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