May 21, 2019

PA 12th District. State Representative Fred Keller (R, Snyder County) was elected to Congress for the seat vacated by Tom Marino’s resignation in this seat which encompasses much of north central and northeast PA. Keller, who was in his fifth term from the 85th District in the State House, defeated Democrat Marc Friedenberg, a cyber law educator at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology. The state delegation remains 9-9 by party.

PA House 11th District: Rep.-elect Marci Mustello, who served as a district staffer and scheduler to Congressman Mike Kelly was elected to fill the vacant seat, defeating Democrat Sam Doctor a pro-union steelworker for the seat vacated by the resignation of Brian Ellis. The House now has a 110-93 GOP majority, pending a special election to fill Keller’s 85th District seat when he resigns to become Congressman.

PA Senate 33rd District: Republican Doug Mastriano, Ph.D., a Retired US Army Colonel and American military historian easily defeated Sarah Hammond, the director of community development for the Borough of Spring Grove in York County for the seat vacated by Rich Alloway’s resignation. The district is in Southcentral PA, covering Adams and parts of Cumberland, Franklin and York Counties.

PA Senate 41st District: Republican Joe Pittman, who served as Chief of Staff for the now retired Sen. Don White from this district for 19 years, easily won election over Democratic candidate Susan Boser, a professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania who had run for Congress in 2018. The district includes Armstrong and Indiana, as well as parts of Butler and Westmoreland Counties. With the two wins, Republicans again control the Senate by a 28-22 majority.

Other Races by elected state officials:
State Senator Anthony Williams (D, Philadelphia), was unsuccessful in his primary run for Mayor, as Jim Kenney won renomination for his job. And it appears Rep. Angel Cruz (D, Philadelphia) lost narrowly in his bid for a Philadelphia City Council seat. Cruz has not conceded the election, which shows him trailing by less than 500 votes, with 193 remaining absentee ballots.

​State Rep. Justin Walsh (R, Westmoreland) appears to have won the Republican nomination to run for Westmoreland County Common Pleas Judge in the fall. Rep. Eugene DiGirolamo (R, Bucks) took a GOP nomination to run for Bucks County Commissioner in November.