Democratic state Rep. Petrarca wins 7th term in 55th District |

Democratic state Rep. Petrarca wins 7th term in 55th District

Democratic state Rep. Joseph Petrarca was elected to his seventh term serving the 55th District, according to unofficial election results.

The Washington Township resident defeated Brian Panichelle, 40, of Latrobe, a Republican making his first run for political office.

Petrarca won 61 percent of the vote in Westmoreland and Armstrong counties, unofficial results show.

“I am honored and humbled that the people have the confidence in me to re-elect me and recognize all my hard work,” Petrarca said Tuesday night.

The 53-year-old father of four has been in office since 1995. Before that, his father, Joseph Petrarca, represented the area from 1973 to 1994.

“Being new to the whole process, we didn’t have a steady plan in place, and I think it cost us,” Panichelle said.

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