Republican Eric Nelson won re-election on Tuesday to serve his second full term in the state House of Representatives.
Nelson, 49, of Hempfield, defeated Democratic political newcomer Collin Warren to represent the 57th House district that includes Greensburg, South Greensburg, Southwest Greensburg, Youngwood, Delmont, Hunker, New Stanton, Salem and parts of Hempfield.
With 49 of 51 precincts reporting, Nelson received 62 percent of the vote to Warren’s 37 percent. Results are unofficial until certified by the Westmoreland County Election Bureau.
“I’m just excited the people of our district chose me to represent them again,” Nelson said. “The strong bipartisan support shows that in our area people want somebody to listen to them.”
Nelson took office during a special election in March 2016 to serve out the remaining months of the term of former state Rep. Tim Krieger, who resigned at the end of 2015 after being voted to serve as a common pleas court judge. Nelson won a full two-year term later in 2016.
Nelson this fall said he wanted to protect taxpayers, improve economic development and ensure the personal liberty of all citizens. He said he favored more transparency in Harrisburg and pushed to help create jobs and attract new business to the region.
Warren, 25, of Southwest Greensburg, works as a debt settlement analyst. His campaign focused on health care and improving the local economy.