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Blake Wins Third Term In State Senate

November 7, 2018
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Blake Wins Third Term In State Senate

Voters overwhelmingly gave John Blake a third term on Tuesday, according to unofficial election results. Blake, 58, a Democrat from Archbald, trounced his Republican opponent, Frank Scavo, claiming 61 percent of votes to hold State Senate seat representing the 22nd with all of Lackawanna and Monroe counties and about half of Luzerne County precincts reporting. “I’m actually really encouraged by the voice of the people that was demonstrated today. It’s the way it should be, people turning out in big numbers,” said Blake when reached Tuesday night by phone. “I’m really grateful and humbled a little bit by the support of the people from the 22nd district who trust me to retain this office and continue to serve them.” If the midterm election was the nation’s referendum on President Donald Trump, at least for the 22nd, it served as a referendum on property tax reform. Scavo, 56, of Old Forge, made ending school property taxes a key plank in his campaign. Senate Bill 76 would raise personal income and sales taxes to fund education — a shift Blake contends is bad tax policy. “We knocked on doors, we spent the money, we communicated the message,” Scavo said. “It’s up to the people to realize what situation they’re in — and they remain in that situation, and it will become more dire.” State legislators earn a base salary of $87,180 annually and state senators serve four-year terms. The 22nd District includes all of Lackawanna County, as well as Pittston Twp. and Avoca, Dupont and Duryea boroughs in Luzerne County. In Monroe County, the district includes Barrett, Coolbaugh and Price townships. Contact the writer: joconnell@timesshamrock.com, 570-348-9131; @jon_oc

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