POTTSVILLE — Schuylkill County has new top cop in a historic election.
The race for district attorney was decided by only a couple dozen votes.
Republican Christine Holman won her bid by only 67 votes.
She beat out incumbent Democrat Karen Byrnes-Noon.
For supporters of Schuylkill County District Attorney-elect Christine Holman, 67 votes meant an upset victory and the night of their lives.
“I am going to be the best district attorney this county has ever had,” Holman said.
For the current D.A., Karen Byrnes-Noon, those 67 votes meant heartbreak. the appointee led most of the night but when the final tally was announced, she quickly decided she did not want a recount and gave an emotional concession to her supporters.
“As mostly everyone in this room knows, I am a cancer survivor. I am proud of the campaign that I ran. It was classy, it was honest, and I did not mudsling. I wish Attorney Holman the best, thank you,” Byrnes-Noon said.
Both women are groundbreakers. Byrnes-Noon, who was appointed to the office, is the county’s first female D.A. Holman is the first woman elected to the job. After a competitive and sometimes bruising campaign, the Frackville attorney found the wheel of fortune turned her way.