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.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Police plan homicide charge for cop-killing suspect
- New Kensington man killed in North Buffalo crash
- Penn State coach fires offensive coordinator
- Police officer fatally shot in New Florence; suspect in custody
- As historic breakup nears, Alcoa works to redefine its ‘advantage’
- Four downs: Steelers might still be Adams’ best bet
- Zatkoff’s, Malkin’s heroics not enough as Oilers down Penguins in shootout
- Man surrenders after standoff in Middle Hill
- Thomas Jefferson uses defense, running game to capture WPIAL title
- Indiana Twp. liver transplant recipient, 2, takes steps toward normal life
- Steelers find success vs. NFC