DeLuca beats out challenger Paladin in 32nd District race
State Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-32nd, won election to his 16th term in the state House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 general election.
DeLuca, 73, beat out Republican challenger and Penn Hills attorney Lawrence Paladin Jr.. The final uncertified tally was 21,437 to 7,171 in DeLuca's favor with all 61 precincts reporting. The incumbent legislator took just under 75 percent of votes cast.
“I was very honored that the voters have given me the privilege to once again represent them,” DeLuca said, adding that his focus in the new term will be economic development and education.
“The 32nd Legislative District is a bedroom community, without as many businesses as some other places,” he said. “But we still need to focus on getting more companies to move into Allegheny County and provide jobs for those residents.”
The 32nd Legislative District comprises all of Penn Hills, Verona, Blawnox and parts of Plum.
DeLuca also said he would like to see charter schools funded at 30 percent on the state level, so they will be less of a drain on the public school system.
With some movement toward equilibrium in the state Senate — following the election results, the Senate is now comprised of 23 Democrats and 27 Republicans — DeLuca said he hopes for a little more legislative movement in the next few years through bipartisanship and compromise.
Paladin was gracious in defeat and satisfied with his showing.
“I know that the district is heavily Democratic,” he said. “The percentage that I got, just over 25 percent, is better than the registration differential. I haven't checked every district, but the ones I did check, (my numbers) seemed to track with Gov. Romney's numbers closely.
“I salute Mr. DeLuca and wish him well the next few years.”
Participation at the polls was strong, with Penn Hills precincts reporting a turnout ranging from 59 percent at the low end (Ward 3, District 5, Laketon Heights Methodist Church) to 76 percent at the high end (Ward 8, District 6, St. Gerard Majella Church).
More than 22,400 Penn Hills residents made their voices heard by voting.
DeLuca, who has served as a state legislator since 1983, is the chair of the House Insurance Committee and a member of its Policy Committee.
Paladin said his advice for DeLuca in the new term would be “to lower expenditures so that we don't have to raise (state) taxes.”
The results, which are posted on the Allegheny County Division of Elections page, are unofficial until certified by the county's Board of Elections.
Patrick Varine is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or firstname.lastname@example.org.