76th District race as expected

LOCK HAVEN — It comes as no surprise that as of last night’s unofficial election results, Republican Stephanie Borowicz and Democrat Mike Hanna Jr. are running against each other for the 76th District seat in the state House of Representatives.

Neither one had any competition on the ballots in yesterday’s Primary Election.

Regardless of which one is elected in November, he or she will be new to the Pennsylvania Legislature. Borowicz ran for the seat two years ago. This is the first campaign for Hanna, who may benefit from name recognition, as he has the same first and last name as his father who currently holds the seat and is not running for re-election.

Hanna received 1,519 votes in Clinton County and 940 votes in the section of Centre County the seat represents.

This section encompasses the boroughs of Howard, Milesburg, Snow Shoe and Unionville and the townships of Benner, Boggs, Burnside, Curtin, Haines, Howard, Liberty, Marion, Miles, Snow Shoe and Union.

Mike Hanna

Borowicz received 2,070 votes in Clinton County and 1,454 votes in Centre County. Her numbers are considerable higher.

This may be due, at least in part, to the fact that more Republicans than Democrats appear to have turned out for this election, and this turnout may have been driven by a race among candidates for governor on the Republican ballot.

Borowicz stated Tuesday night, “As I sat at the polls today and talked to many familiar faces, I was again reminded of why I am running for office. Today all we see is the mainstream media portraying our nation negatively. Then I see all of you in the 76th District, the dads and moms bringing their children to vote and the hard-working people with values and morals that love our freedoms as much as I do. It gives me such great hope for the future. We have a 6% unemployment rate in Clinton County, and the national rate is 3.9%. We must decrease stifling regulations, cut taxes, and decrease government spending to create more jobs in our region. We can do better. I look forward to representing the wonderful people in this district. Thank you for your support today. This is only the beginning. It is time for a fresh start.”

Hanna stated, “I’d like to thank everyone who came out to vote today. It’s exciting to have my party’s nomination for state representative. I look forward to working towards earning everyone’s vote in the general election. November’s election isn’t about party affiliation but about the person and the issues they fight for, and I will fight for family-sustaining jobs, education funding, and government reforms like no budget-no pay for legislators.”