Stefano reclaims the 32nd

November 8, 2018

State Sen. Pat Stefano was awarded a second term Tuesday in the 32nd Senatorial District.

Stefano, 52, of Bullskin Township, Fayette County, had received 67.19 percent of the vote districtwide by 10:15 p.m. Tuesday to carry the win over Democrat challenger Pam Gerard, of Uniontown. The figure was according to unofficial election results that will have to later be finalized.

“I’m excited to win my second term. It was a challenge from four years ago to today,” Stefano said during a telephone interview Tuesday night. “It’s rather humbling.”

He was first elected to the Legislature in 2014 after longtime state Sen. Richard Kasunic retired from the office.

Stefano, a Republican, is a third-generation owner of a printing company in Dunbar.

“I came from private industry, my own family company, to make changes in Pennsylvania,” he said. “In my first four years I think I made great progress.

“I see my constituents agree.”

Gerard received 32.81 percent of the vote districtwide by 10:15 p.m. Tuesday.

A message left at a phone number Gerard supplied connected to a pub. When the Daily American called just before 10:15 p.m. a reporter was told that Gerard had left. Messages left for Gerard were not immediately returned.

Stefano reiterated his message in a prepared statement that was sent to reporters.

“I pledge to continue to be a State Senator for all residents of the 32nd District. Whether you supported my campaign or did not I want you to know that you are welcome to reach out to my office with your ideas, your needs and your concerns,” he said in the statement. “With the election over, now is the time that we need to come together as elected officials and work for the betterment of our communities without regard to party or ideology. I will do my part to make this a reality in Harrisburg.”

The 32nd Senatorial District contains all of Somerset and Fayette counties and parts of southern Westmoreland County.

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