Warner appears to win 52nd state legislative district
A Republican will represent the 52nd state legislative district after Ryan Warner defeated Democrat Andrew “A.J.” Boni in the general election.
Unofficial returns showed Warner, 31, with 53 percent of the vote to 47 percent for Boni, 46. Warner won in Fayette and Westmoreland counties.
“I am honored to serve the people in the district,” Warner said.
The candidates were vying to replace Democrat Rep. Deberah Kula, who ran for the 32nd District seat in the state Senate left open with the retirement of Democrat Richard Kasunic.
The district encompasses much of northern Fayette County and parts of East Huntingdon and Mt. Pleasant townships and the boroughs of Mt. Pleasant and Scottdale in Westmoreland County.
During his campaign, Warner, a logging company employee, said job creation was his top priority.
Warner’s name was removed from the primary ballot when signatures on his nomination petitions were successfully challenged in Commonwealth Court, forcing his write-in effort to get on the ballot in the fall.
Boni said he wanted to take the fiscal responsibility he learned from serving as a township supervisor for 14 years to the Legislature.