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Democrat Tim Mahoney captures 4th House term in 51st District

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Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, 10:54 a.m.

Voters in Fayette County handed incumbent Democrat Tim Mahoney a fourth term in the state House in the 51st District.

With 28 of 33 precincts reporting, Mahoney, 55, of South Union had 62 percent of votes cast, compared to Republican challenger Gary Gearing's 38 percent, according to unofficial election results.

Mahoney thanked voters on Tuesday night.

“I'm just glad people saw through all the spin and negativity,” Mahoney said. “They know I'm going to work for the district the way I've always worked.”

During the campaign, the economy emerged as a top priority.

Mahoney said education would play a key role in attracting new business and jobs to the area. Good schools, he said, will lure potential employers.

“With jobs, it comes back to education,” Mahoney said. “When companies want to locate here, they look at the education, and when our education is not ranking as well as it should be, that makes a difference. If you improve education, I know we can improve the job climate here.”

Gearing, 56, who serves on Uniontown City Council, also cited the economy in his campaign.

Liz Zemba is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or




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