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Brooks defeats McCabe to claim 54th District race

| Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, 10:21 p.m.
Bob Brooks of Murrysville
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Bob Brooks of Murrysville

With one precinct left to report results, Republican and former Murrysville Mayor Bob Brooks is poised to win in the 54th District race.

In Westmoreland County, Brooks leads with 63 percent of about 17,500 votes with 24 of 25 precincts reporting. In Allegheny, Brooks took home 57 percent of about 6,500 votes. Overall, he held a roughly 4,000-vote lead as of 11:40 p.m.

Brooks pledged to focus on job creation, increased transparency in government and reducing the size of government.

“I will work to keep government from limiting our rights by trying to make too many laws,” Brooks said. “I will help to return controls from state to local governments, where the representatives know better what their constituents want and need.”

Brooks also planned to donate his state salary to charity, and pledged not to take per diems, a pension or a state car.

“I will also focus to eliminate gifts from lobbyists for all,” he said.

Brooks is the former chief financial officer for Wabtec, and he owns the Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena in Cheswick. He has an ownership stake in the Pittsburgh Pirates and is a former owner of the Wheeling Nailers, a minor-league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The 54th Pennsylvania House of Representatives District is located in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties and includes Allegheny Township, Export, Lower Burrell, Murrysville, Upper Burrell Township and a portion of Penn Township.

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