Pashinski Wins Reelection To State House

November 7, 2018
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Pashinski, Henry Differ On Issues In 121st Race

WILKES-BARRE — Eddie Day Pashinski won a seventh term in the state House of Representatives, according to unofficial results from Tuesday’s election. Pashinski has 9,338 votes, and Republican challenger Sue Henry has 6,944 votes, according to tallies from all 31 precincts in the 121st state House District. Those totals don’t include absentee ballots. “I couldn’t have done this without my family, without my friends, with all these poll workers, people from the Democratic committee,” a victorious Pashinski said at Rodano’s Restaurant & Bar in Wilkes-Barre. “They worked so hard, tirelessly, knocking on doors, mailing, calling. It was a team effort.” Pashinski was first elected as a state legislator in 2006. The Democrat is a former Greater Nanticoke Area School District music teacher and is also well known as a rock-band front man. Henry is a radio talk show veteran, who departed from WILK News Radio in May after failed contract negotiations. Henry is a graduate of King’s College, where she serves as an adjunct faculty member and moderator of the school’s radio station. Before joining WILK, Henry was a journalist at The Citizens’ Voice. “Sue did call me this evening, and I appreciate that,” Pashinski said. “I lent an invitation to her, saying let’s continue our friendship, let’s continue our conversation. I think we can do some good things together.” Pashinski, 73, lives in Wilkes-Barre. Henry, 53, lives in Hanover Twp. In the 121st District, a total of 37,762 voters were registered to vote, with 22,118 Democrats and 10,669 Republicans. Many Democrats in the district split tickets and vote for Republicans. In 2016, Eddie Day Pashinski was re-elected with 14,940 votes and 78 percent of the vote. Libertarian Betsy Summers was his only opponent. Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential vote in Pashinski’s district with 10,946 votes — 268 more than Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Gregory S. Wolovich Jr. was the only Republican seeking the office in the May primary election, but he dropped out of the race in June. By withdrawing from the race, Wolovich allowed the party to nominate Henry. During the campaign, Henry ripped Pashinski for opposing property tax elimination, calling it “biggest issue in this campaign far and away.” Henry supported House/Senate Bill 76. Pashinski opposes it. The proposed legislation would increase the sales tax by 1 percentage point and broaden the base of the state sales tax to include more services and products, and it would also increase the state’s personal income tax from 3.07 percent to 4.95 percent. Pashinski said the bill would hurt working families and benefit retirees and commercial landowners. He supports legislation with a smaller increase to the state income tax rate, which would allow homeowners to get a $950 reduction in their property tax bill. House/Senate Bill 76 doesn’t eliminate property taxes that fund county and municipal spending and would let school district impose property taxes to pay off debts and loans that are currently on the books. Pashinski said he wants to increase state funding amounts to local school districts and supports a severance tax on natural gas drilling to raise revenue and help fund education. Henry said she was open to supporting a severance tax on natural gas drilling but was concerned about driving the drillers away. On Tuesday night, Pashinski said he wants to work with Republican on legislation to provide property tax relief. Pashinski has been most passionate about reducing health care costs, helping working families and making sure workers can join unions and bargain through unions. He helped write legislation signed by Wolf last month that helps grandparents raising grandchildren.

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