Joyce keeps U.S. House seat in the GOP

November 7, 2018

Altoona dermatologist Dr. John Joyce was elected Tuesday to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, keeping the seat in the GOP.

Joyce won both the districtwide vote, xx percent to Democrat Brent Ottaway’s xx percent, and the countywide vote, receiving xxx percent.

“The people of Pennsylvania’s new 13th Congressional District have made their voices heard, and have decided they wanted to send a political outsider to Washington,” Joyce told supporters during a speech in Blair County. “Someone who would listen to their concerns, while sharing in our commonsense conservative values. Someone who will put the voters’ interests first. Voters wanted a new, fresh voice who would listen to their concerns. That has been, and will continue to be, my pledge to everyone across the new 13th Congressional District.”

Joyce said he appreciates the support from Somerset County and pledges to work to finish Route 219 from Meyersdale to Maryland.

“As someone who worked on a road crew on 219 as a college student, I’ve known the importance of completing the north-south corridor,” he said. “Finishing this route is vitally important to the economic development of Somerset County, and I pledge to be an advocate for the completion of 219.”

Joyce said he was grateful that voters put their faith in him.

“I believe America is still the greatest country in the world,” he said in his speech. “Every single person that votes has the power to collectively choose who will best represent them. Elections are about the voters, not about the candidate. So I want to thank the voters for putting their faith in me.”

Joyce, 60, thanked Ottaway for an honest and positive campaign.

“We may disagree on the issues, but aren’t we fortunate to live in a country that allows such debate,” he told the crowd.

Ottaway, a 57-year-old Hollidaysburg college professor, said he knew it would be an uphill battle.

“Going in we were facing a 2-to-1 advantage in registrations and the support of the dynasty leaving office and all the money he wanted to use,” he said after the results were released. “We knew it was an uphill climb, but you know what — we climbed.”

He said the best thing about running was meeting the people and gaining support.

“People that did not even know who I was nine months ago dedicated a lot of their time trying to make this happen,” he said.

While he did not win, Ottaway said that he hopes he has taken a step to change politics in the district.

“I hope we can reach the end of the uncontested races for legislative seats,” he said. “There is a lot of energy, a lot of positives, even if we don’t take the seat.”

Joyce will take office in January. In the spring he defeated seven Republicans to win the party’s nomination.

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