Write-in candidate wins Democratic primary to run for state House seat in 55th District
A retired business executive has won the Democratic primary to run for the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives seat in the 55th District.
Westmoreland County election officials released a precertification of May primary results on Tuesday that included more than 600 write-in votes for Scott Glauss of Murrysville in the race for the State House. Glauss, 69, will face Republican Jill Cooper in November.
Cooper, a former Westmoreland County Republican committee chairwoman, defeated incumbent state Rep. Jason Silvis of Washington Township and another challenger in last month’s GOP primary for the party’s nomination for the seat. in the redesigned district.
The new 55th District absorbed Murrysville among other northern Westmoreland County communities that had previously been part of the state’s 54th District represented by State Representative Bob Brooks. Brooks’ headquarters was moved to southeastern Pennsylvania as part of the state’s redistricting. Brooks has since announced he will retire at the end of the year and did not run for office this spring.
Glauss recently retired after a 21-year career as the Boeing Company’s director of human resources.
On Tuesday, he said he launched his print campaign in early May after receiving his mail-in ballot.
“No Democrats showed up and I think there are issues that we need to talk about,” Glauss said.
No other write-in candidate received the 300 needed to qualify to appear on the November ballot in any of the other State House races. Democrat Ken Bach, a Yough school board member, was unopposed in the party primary to run for the State House seat in the 58th District. He will face incumbent Republican Eric Davanzo.
Republican incumbents George Dunbar of Penn Township, Eric Nelson of Hempfield and Leslie Rossi of Unity will be unopposed in their bids for re-election to the State House.
Tuesday’s precertification did not include the results of the GOP primary for the US Senate. A statewide recount in that race was ordered last week as Dr. Mehmet Oz held a lead of less than 1,000 votes over David McCormick.
Westmoreland officials said it would begin the local recount of the more than 87,000 votes cast locally on Wednesday morning. Acting Elections Bureau Director Greg McCloskey said the recount is expected to take about three days.
The county board of elections is due to issue final certification on June 6 for the other races that were on the May primary ballots.