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Mullins Beats Lemoncelli For Seat In 112th

November 7, 2018
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ARCHBALD — Democrat Kyle Mullins beat Republican Ernest Lemoncelli Tuesday night to represent the 112th state House District in Harrisburg, according to unofficial results.

The Democrat from Blakely defeated Lemoncelli by 9,618 votes, or about 39.4 percentage points late Tuesday night.

Supporters packed the Wildcat Saloon and Eatery in the Sturges section of Archbald to celebrate with Mullins, sharing words of encouragement and posing for photos.

“We remained focused and made sure to get our ideas out there to voters,” Mullins said. “It was going door-to-door, it was involving families and countless volunteers to make sure we got our message out.”

Tuesday marked Lemoncelli’s second defeat in his bid for the 112th seat. In 2016, the travel company co-owner and former industrial equipment salesman from Archbald lost to incumbent state Rep. Kevin Haggerty, D-112, Dunmore, by 1,819 votes, or 6.2 percentage points. Haggerty did not run for re-election.

Reflecting on their campaigns, Mullins complimented his competitor.

“It was a thoughtful exchange of ideas that I was proud to have with Mr. Lemoncelli,” he said, adding that their campaigns remained focused on ideas.

Mullins said Lemoncelli called him Tuesday night to congratulate him.

“Every game has a winner and a loser,” Lemoncelli said. “If you don’t, it’s not a game.”

The 112th District includes all or parts of Center City, the Hill Section and South Scranton, as well as Archbald, Blakely, Dunmore, Jessup, Olyphant and Throop.

Mullins previously worked as the legislative director for state Sen. John Blake, D-22, Archbald, resigning from his position in March to run for office for the first time.

His victory continues more than four decades of Democratic success in the 112th District, which hasn’t had a Republican representative since Charles J. Volpe lost his bid for re-election in 1974.

In May, Mullins swept the Democratic primaries, defeating Tom Carlucci, of Dunmore, former Lackawanna County Commissioner Randy Castellani, of Archbald, Francis McHale, of Scranton, and Robert Castellani, of Blakely, by large margins.

Lemoncelli ran unopposed for the Republican nomination.

When he takes office in the coming months, Mullins said his first priority is to enact the attorney general’s recommendations to lift the statute of limitations on certain offenses to give victims of clerical sex abuse an opportunity to pursue justice.

Jon O’Connell, staff writer, contributed to this report.

Contact the writer: flesnefsky@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5181; @flesnefskyTT on Twitter

 

112th Congressional District

 Kyle J. Mullins (D) 17,022

Ernest Lemoncelli (R) 7,404

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