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NEPA Natives Make History In Election

November 9, 2018
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NEPA Natives Make History In Election

Two Wyoming Valley natives made history in Tuesday’s election.

Maria Robinson, a 2005 Bishop Hoban graduate originally from Kingston, became the first Korean American to be elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

The Democrat, a public policy expert in the clean energy industry, was elected to the 6th Middlesex District in Framingham, which is about 20 miles east of Boston.

Meanwhile, Lindsay Williams, a 2001 Wyoming Area graduate, became the first female Democrat elected to the Pennsylvania state Senate’s 38th District in Allegheny County.

Robinson, 31, won a four-way write-in contest in September’s Democratic primary in her bid to replace Rep. Chris Walsh, who died while in office. She ran unopposed in the general election.

“I’m incredibly excited to serve. Making history is just a pleasant surprise,” Robinson said.

Robinson’s parents Stephen and Denyse Duaime moved from Kingston to live with her and her husband last year. While she hasn’t lived here for years, she still has one strong connection.

“I’m increasing the knowledge people have about Northeastern Pennsylvania by keeping a cell phone with a 570 area code,” Robinson said.

Williams, 35, a Democrat, won a tight race for state Senate in Allegheny County, beating her Republican opponent by 549 votes out of a total 122,361 ballots cast.

“It was quite a nailbiter,” Williams said.

The district includes a portion of Pittsburgh and much of northern Allegheny County.

Williams, who lives in West View Borough, is a native of Wyoming Borough, where her parents, Jack and Nancy Williams, still live.

She said friends and family from Luzerne County were extremely helpful in the campaign. She even held a local fundraiser months ago.

“I had a lot of support from my hometown and it made a big difference,” Williams said.

Contact the writer:

bkalinowski@citizensvoice.com

570-821-2055, @cvbobkal

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