ELECTION DAY 2014: BIG WINS FOR PA AND LOCAL DEMS

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Schweyer election nightElection Day provided a big win for Democrats in Pennsylvania as Tom Wolf easily beat Tom Corbett, who became the first incumbent Governor in decades not to win re-election.

“If we’re going to fund a world-class public education system, create family sustaining jobs, bring about fairness and equality under the law, provide access to affordable health care, build safe communities, and keep Pennsylvania beautiful, it’s going to take all of us doing our part,” Wolf said in his victory speech.  “Democracy requires healthy debates, but our duty to Pennsylvania requires that we listen, that we roll up our sleeves, and that we come together to do what is right.”

Local Democrats won big as well and will give Allentown more representation in Harrisburg starting in January.  Peter Schweyer easily won the 22nd District House seat, a brand new seat that was moved from Lancaster thanks to redistricting.  Mike Schlossberg was re-elected in the 132nd District, while the other Democrats in the Lehigh Valley, Dan McNeill, Matt Cartwright, Lisa Boscola, Bob Freeman and Steve Samuelson were also victorious.

Statewide, Tom Wolf defeated Republican Tom Corbett, providing strong, Democratic leadership in the Governor’s Office.

Mayor Pawlowski attended the Lehigh County Victory Party at Chickie’s and Pete’s in the PPL Arena.  “We had a great day here in the Lehigh Valley,” said the Mayor.  “We put a lot of effort into this race, and it paid off.  Starting in January, we will have a leader in Harrisburg who can put Pennsylvania back on the path to prosperity, and that’s when the work will really begin, to fix the damage that has been done over the past four years.”