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56th House District: Dunbar defeats Hunt

December 3, 2018

Four-term GOP incumbent George Dunbar and Democratic challenger Doug Hunt vied Tuesday for votes in the 56th House District, with -vote lead as the unofficial tally proceeded.

Four-term Republican incumbent George Dunbar defeated Democratic challenger Doug Hunt, receiving 63 percent of the vote compared to 37 percent, with all precincts reporting in Tuesday’s 56th House District race.

The district includes precincts in Irwin, Manor, North Huntingdon, North Irwin and portions of Trafford and Hempfield and Penn townships.

Dunbar, 58, of Penn Township, said receiving the decisive vote of approval was “extremely humbling. A lot of individuals, I think, voted for Democratic candidates but still voted for me. That tells me at least some individuals appreciated what I’ve done.

“I’ve always tried to be fair and reach across the aisle on issues.”

Dunbar said he supported transforming the state budget process, from an incremental system that adds a percentage to past spending to a performance-based system that allocates funding where it is most effective.

Hunt, 38, of Irwin works as a carpenter and cites a union apprenticeship as a key building block in his career. As he campaigned, he promised to oppose any anti-union legislation if elected and supported increased funding for public schools, which he said are underfunded.

Both candidates said opioid abuse is a major challenge that must be addressed.

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