Longtime Erie County Clerk of Courts Barbara Johnson cleared her first hurdle toward another term Tuesday when she won the Democratic nomination for the post.
Results announced Tuesday showed Johnson captured about 53 percent of the vote. She won 8,086 votes, compared to 5,051 votes for Bill Kimberlin.
A third candidate in the Democratic primary, Kimberly S. Piotrowski, had filed for the post but then withdrew too late to get her name removed from the ballot. She still captured 1,962 votes, 19.22 percent of the total.
Johnson's victory means she will take on the Republican candidate, Stephen Schaeffer, in the November election. Schaeffer, who was unopposed in the GOP primary, is a clerk for Common Pleas Judge Roger Binette and has promised to modernize the office.
Johnson could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
She has campaigned for reelection as the only candidate in the race who can claim on-the-job experience.
Now serving her fourth term as clerk of courts, Johnson began working for Erie County in 1970 as deputy clerk and held several positions in the office before winning her first election in 1988.