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Dunbar gets 2nd term in Harrisburg

Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review
State Rep. George Dunbar (right) and his wife, Sandy, celebrate victory over challenger Raymond “Bud” Geissler Jr. in North Huntingdon on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

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By Rossilynne Skena Culgan
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Incumbent state Rep. George Dunbar held onto his seat to represent the 56th District, besting Democratic challenger Raymond “Bud” Geissler, a political newcomer.

With all but 1 precinct reporting, Dunbar, a Penn Township Republican, got 57.5 percent of the votes. Geissler, of Irwin, pulled in 42.5 percent.

“It's always very humbling when the voters come out for you and support you like this,” Dunbar said Tuesday night.

Dunbar, who won the seat in 2010, vowed to continue fighting for fiscal reform in Harrisburg, advocating for what he calls “outcome-based budgeting,” a process that looks at what the government is trying to accomplish when it spends money.

“(I'm) really looking forward to being more of a vocal force for the issues that are important in my district,” he said.

Geissler ran on a message of restoring funding for public education. He said he probably would call Dunbar Tuesday night and offer his congratulations.

“I wish him the best of luck, and I appreciated the opportunity to run against him,” Geissler said.

To Geissler, watching his young children see their father's name on the ballot was “one of the greatest moments of my life.”

The district comprises Irwin, North Irwin, Penn Borough, Jeannette and large portions of Penn and North Huntingdon townships.

Rossilynne Skena is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6646 or

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