Harhai retains state House seat
A veteran legislator serving the 58th District has won his bid for re-election.
State Rep. R. Ted Harhai, D-Monessen, secured the majority of votes to handily defeat his Republican opponent, Robert Ferguson. A political newcomer, Ferguson is a funeral director in Scottdale.
With 54 of 56 precincts reporting in Westmoreland County as of press time, the unofficial election results had Harhai receiving 9,856 votes to Ferguson’s 7,976.
With 100 percent of the votes counted in the Fayette County communities within the 58th District, Harhai won 595 to 286, securing 68 percent of the votes, according to unofficial election results.
During his election party at the Alpine Club in Monessen, Harhai said he ran a “clean campaign” and believes his hard work and experience helped him win his re-election bid. He was first elected into office in 1998.
He criticized his opponent’s campaign.
Harhai said he appreciates the support during the campaign. He recognizes the movement toward pro-Republican support.
“Some people don’t agree with me and I respect that, but I am a moderate Democrat and I lean right,” Harhai said. “The bottom line is I am here to represent the people. I’m hard working and accessible. That’s something that won’t change.”
Harhai thanked his supporters and campaign volunteers.
“They still believe in me and I am still going to do the best I can,” he said.
Ferguson could not be reached for comment at press time.
The 58th District includes Fayette City, Belle Vernon and parts of Washington Township in Fayette County, and areas of Westmoreland County, including Monessen, North Belle Vernon, West Newton, Smithton, Sutersville, Madison, Arona, Adamsburg, Manor, East Huntingdon, South Huntingdon and Rostraver and Sewickley Townships.
Election Day 2010
Election day scenes from polling places around the Pittsburgh area, Tuesday, November 2, 2010.