Evankovich brings home third term in 54th District in the state House
Voters in the newly drawn 54th District in the state House encountered a ballot rematch between the Republican incumbent, Eli Evankovich, and former Kiski Area School Board member Patrick Leyland.
The result Tuesday was a repeat of 2012, with Evankovich winning a third term.
Leyland, an Allegheny Township Democrat, said during the campaign that he hoped voters would choose change in Harrisburg, but Evankovich coasted to victory in the district that includes portions of northwestern Westmoreland County and 11 precincts in Allegheny County.
Unofficial totals show Evankovich took 70 percent of the votes cast in Westmoreland versus 30 percent for Leyland. With all Allegheny precincts reporting, Evankovich had 63 percent of votes to Leyland’s 37 percent.
“I’m very excited about winning a third term and going back to Harrisburg to work … especially representing new areas in Allegheny County as well as representing my constituents in Westmoreland County. I think the results are indicative of the work we’ve put into our district over the past two terms,” said Evankovich of Murrysville.
In his campaign, Evankovich noted his work in assisting small businesses, including the establishment of a bipartisan manufacturing caucus in 2013 that now has 105 members.