Reese wins another term in state House

November 8, 2018

State Rep. Mike Reese is headed back to Harrisburg. The Mount Pleasant Republican held off challenger Clare Dooley to return to his seat as representative of the 59th District.

Reese, 40, received 70.58 percent of the vote districtwide by 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to edge out the Unity Township Democrat.

“I’m honored to be re-elected to serve the 59th District,” Reese said during a telephone call. “The things I talked about on the campaign I’ll continue to work on.”

He added that those issues include jobs and controlling government spending.

Reese has held his seat in the 59th since he assumed office in 2009. His district gained portions of Somerset County after it was reworked using data from the 2010 census. Reese has a background working in education, including in the admissions office at the University of Pittsburgh Greensburg.

He and his wife, Angela, have three children.

Dooley, who received 29.42 percent of the vote, according to unofficial election results, said that although she wishes her campaign did better, she enjoyed the campaign trail.

“I’m so grateful to all my family, friends and supporters,” she said during a phone call after acknowledging she was about to concede to Reese. “I appreciated the opportunity to know more of the 59th District and meet some amazing people.”

Reese said it was “humbling” to see the large margin of victory.

“It means a lot, that confidence,” he said. “We are just going to go back to work tomorrow and make Westmoreland and Somerset counties a better place to live and work.”

The 59th District includes Boswell and Jennerstown boroughs, Conemaugh and Jenner townships, and several Westmoreland County municipalities. Reese will be sworn in, in January.

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