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Gergely Heads to Harrisburg After Winning HD-35 Special Election

Matt Gergely

Another Gergely heads to Harrisburg.

Matthew Gergely, the city of McKeesport’s finance director, won the special election in the 35th House District to replace current lieutenant governor Austin Davis in the chamber.

He defeated Republican Don Nevills with 73.6 percent of the vote in a district that Democrats held a 3-to-1 voter registration advantage.

Gergely, whose brother (Marc) represented the District from 2003-17, previously served as city administrator and as a McKeesport Area School District official.

He chose not to make a victory statement on Tuesday night, issuing a statement saying that out of respect for the family of slain McKeesport officer Sean Sluganski, “I will not make any statement on the election this evening… ALL of our officers and their families need our love and support more now than ever.”

Democrats captured all three Allegheny County special elections, to give the party a 102-100 advantage in the Pennsylvania House and a majority for the first time since 2010.

Back in November, Democrats won 102 of the 203 House races, only to lose two seats to resignation for higher office for Lee and Austin Davis, and another with the October passing of long-time state Rep. Tony DeLuca who was re-elected posthumously.

The 35th District consists of the cities of Clairton, Duquesne and McKeesport, the township of South Versailles and the boroughs of Homestead, Liberty, Lincoln, Munhall, Port Vue, Versailles, West Homestead, West Mifflin, Whitaker and White Oak.

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