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13th Congressional: John Joyce wins new district

| Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018
John Joyce, Republican candidate for congress
John Joyce, Republican candidate for congress
Brent Ottaway, Democrat, candidate for Congress
Brent Ottaway, Democrat, candidate for Congress
13th Congressional District: Brent Ottaway, Democrat. John Joyce, Republican.
13th Congressional District: Brent Ottaway, Democrat. John Joyce, Republican.

Republican John Joyce was elected to Congress representing a newly created district that includes a small part of eastern Westmoreland County.

Joyce, 61, a physician from Hollidaysburg, Blair County, defeated Democrat Brent Ottaway, 57, a St. Francis University communications professor.

According to Tuesday’s results with more than 79 percent of the state’s precincts reporting, Joyce received 71 percent of the vote; Ottaway 29 percent.

The district, which stretches for more than 150 miles from the Unity Township area of Westmoreland County and eastward to Berks County, also includes Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties.

Just 43 of Westmoreland County’s 305 voting precincts, including Derry, Ligonier, Bolivar, Fairfield, New Alexandria, New Florence and parts of Unity, are part of the new district.

Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Rich at 724-830-6293 or

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