Krieger wins state representative spot in 57th District
A veteran lawmaker came out on top in the race for state representative in the 57th District.
With all 51 districts reporting, Rep. Tim Krieger, R-Delmont, won a fourth term with 69 percent of the vote to Greensburg Democratic challenger Donna McClelland’s 31 percent.
“It’s always gratifying to see the voters you represent trust you,” Krieger said. “I’m going to continue to do the work I told them I would do.”
McClelland could not be reached for comment.
Education funding was the top issue for both candidates.
Krieger, 53, said reining in pension costs, particularly for school districts, is crucial to alleviate budget pressures and ease the burden on property owners. The state’s unfunded pension liability tops $50 billion.
Krieger said a good start would be to approve a pension reform proposal before the House, which was championed by outgoing Gov. Tom Corbett. It proposes a hybrid pension for public employees, but would not alter benefits for current retirees.
McClelland, 58, a Greensburg attorney, said education funding was her No. 1 issue because she saw the impacts of cuts when her younger daughter was a student at Greensburg Salem High School. Cuts to the music department forced parents to step in to help raise money for the school musical.
The 57th District covers Delmont, Greensburg, Hunker, New Stanton, Salem, South Greensburg, Southwest Greensburg, Youngwood and parts of Hempfield.
House members serve two-year terms with a base salary of $84,000.