It appears as though incumbent McKean County coroner Mike Cahill has easily captured the Republican nomination in Tuesday’s primary.

According to unofficial results from McKean County, Cahill received 3,502 votes, while challenger Mike Mascho garnered 1,171.

On the Democratic side, Jeffrey Carson received 854 votes. There were 229 write-in votes cast in the Democratic race, and 47 in the Republican race as well.

Neither would be enough to unseat Cahill or Carson from the ballot.

The two will face off in the November general election.

Cahill was raised and educated in Bradford, attending St. Bernard Elementary School, Bradford Central Christian High School, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, and graduating from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

After graduating from college, he returned to Bradford in 1984 and served his internship under his father’s supervision at the Francis D. Cahill Funeral Home. From 1985 to 1993, he served as a director at the Cahill Funeral Home and later at the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. He became a partner in the firm of Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes in 1993, and currently owns and operates Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

From 1986 until 2003, he served as deputy coroner under then Coroner Francis D. Cahill. He was elected coroner in 2003.

Carson is a native of McKean County and graduate of Bradford Area High School. He holds a degree in political science and communications from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh as well as a degree in funeral directing and embalming from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

Carson had also worked in both institutional and retail pharmacies. From this experience, Carson acquired an extensive knowledge of drug actions in the body.

Carson serves as vice president of the board of directors of Evergreen Elm Inc. He also serves on the Bradford Hospital Auxiliary board of directors.

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