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May 21, 2014

Muha likely to face Brooks in November

50TH DISTRICT — Republican Michele Brooks of Jamestown likely will face off against Democrat Michael Muha of Hermitage in November to replace retiring Sen. Robert D. “Bob” Robbins as senator for Pennsylvania’s 50th District.

By unofficial tallies, Brooks, 50, bested two other Republican contenders for the 6-year-term that pays $84,012 and represents all residents of Mercer and Crawford counties, along with some in Lawrence and Butler counties. In Mercer County, Brooks totaled 5,286 votes. Results for Erie, Warren and Crawford counties weren’t available as of deadline. She was leading in early voting in Crawford County by 2,000 votes.

Brooks, already a representative for the state’s 17th legislative district, said earlier she thought her experience in politics would serve her well in a transition to the state Senate. She didn’t return a call to The Herald Tuesday night.

Muha, 30, was the only Democrat running for the 50th District on the ballot and garnered 4,659 votes in Mercer County.

Muha said he’s campaigning on a number of issues, but will focus his efforts on making constituents feel “as though Harrisburg is working for them.” He said he plans to make education a top priority, in hopes of lessening the painful impacts that cuts in state funding have doled out to school districts such as Sharon, Farrell and Brooks’ hometown of Jamestown.

“As a young person myself, or a young person with children, why would anyone want to stay in this area with our schools taking these cuts?”

He also said he’d like to tackle election reform, as well as making the state competitive in the job market.

Brooks ran against Jane MacPherson, a sales representative from Hermitage, who garnered 768 Mercer County votes and state Rep. Greg Lucas of Edinboro, who garnered 656 votes locally.

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