There was only one contested race for Carbon County row offices yesterday, but it provided plenty of excitement.

Incumbent register of wills Judy Moon of Nesquehoning, a Democrat, won by just 452 votes over political newcomer Jean Papay of Palmerton, a Republican. Moon got 4,982 or 52 percent of the votes compared to Papay's 4,530 ballots, or 47.57 percent of the votes.

Moon was at the Carbon County Election Headquarters Tuesday night and it wasn't until after the final tallies arrived at about 10:45 p.m. that Moon declared herself the winner.

This will be the fifth full term in office for Moon, but the first time in years with an opponent.

There were two other row office holders who have terms expiring this year, but both were returned to office without opposition.

Ronald J. Sheehan was retained as county treasurer, getting a county high total of 7,116 complementary votes.

This will be his fourth term as the treasurer.

William C. McGinley got re-elected as clerk of courts with 6,946 votes.

This will be McGinley's seventh four-year term as the chief clerk.

Both Sheehan and McGinley are Democrats.

Neither Moon nor Papay were opposed in the May 13 Primary Election.

Papay currently works for State Representative Doyle Heffley in his district offices in Lehighton, Albrightsville, and Lansford.

She is a lifelong resident of Carbon County. She and her husband Scott have three children: Brett 14, Nicholas 11 and Casi 11.

Moon was born and raised in White Haven. She moved to Weatherly in 1966, then to Nesquehoning in the 1980s.

She has two children, Nicole Sacco and David Moon, both of Packer Township, and five grandchildren.

Asked for a comment, she said, "A great big thank you to the voters!"

"It was an interesting election," she said, after breathing a sigh of relief when the final returns came into the election office. "After having the last couple of elections without an opponent, this was interesting. It was more rewarding."

She continued, "I want to give an extra special thank you to the voters for their support and confidence in me for allowing me to serve them."