In an open seat race, Republican Hal English, of Hampton, was rolling up a convincing lead over Democrat David Tusick of Fox Chapel.
The seat had been held by Republican Randy Vulakovich, who ascended in August to the state Senate seat formerly held by Jane Orie, convicted of charges stemming from the use of state resources in campaigns.
Mr. Tusick, 26, an ad agency partner, said in the run-up to the voting that his job on the campaign trail was to highlight "bad decisions being made at our state level. ... For instance, education cuts have been forcing tax increases on the local level."
But Mr. English, 49, an elder law attorney, was the one celebrating at what he said was "the second post-election party I've [ever] been to," the first being Mr. Vulakovich's celebration over the summer.
"I just think I have a lot of experience that people wanted to rely on to be their representative," Mr. English said. "My charge is to represent all of the residents, regardless of their political affiliation."
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