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After nearly three decades in Harrisburg, state senator Patrick Browne (R-Lehigh) conceded his Republican primary race in the 16th District to newcomer Jarrett Coleman.

The 16th District comprises portions of Bucks and Lehigh Counties.

Coleman edged Browne, the senate appropriations chair, by 19 votes in the unofficial tally on the Department of State website. Browne carried Bucks County by 1,075 votes, but Coleman surpassed him in Lehigh County with a 1,094-vote advantage.

“It’s pretty seismic on the political front locally,” said Muhlenberg College political science professor Christopher Borick to WFMZ-TV 69. “He attacked Browne as someone who is too likely to compromise with someone like Governor Wolf and in the Republican primary that was a pretty popular position with enough voters, a very narrow amount of voters to knock off a powerful incumbent.”

Coleman, 32, is an airline pilot who was recently elected to the Parkland School Board.

In a statement, Coleman thanked Browne for his “service to the Commonwealth and running a spirited campaign. He wishes him the best in finishing out his term and any future endeavors.”

Browne, who has served in the Senate for more than 17 years and had spent 10 years in the PA House prior, is considered one of the leading state budget negotiators in Harrisburg. He wrote the legislation creating the Neighborhood Improvement Zone, the special taxing zone that helped revitalize downtown Allentown.

Coleman will face Democrat Mark Pinsley, the Lehigh County controller, who ran unopposed in the fall.

After nearly three decades in Harrisburg, state senator Patrick Browne (R-Lehigh) conceded his Republican primary race in the 16th District to newcomer Jarrett Coleman.

The 16th District comprises portions of Bucks and Lehigh Counties.

Coleman edged Browne, the senate appropriations chair, by 19 votes in the unofficial tally on the Department of State website. Browne carried Bucks County by 1,075 votes, but Coleman surpassed him in Lehigh County with a 1,094-vote advantage.

“It’s pretty seismic on the political front locally,” said Muhlenberg College political science professor Christopher Borick to WFMZ-TV 69. “He attacked Browne as someone who is too likely to compromise with someone like Governor Wolf and in the Republican primary that was a pretty popular position with enough voters, a very narrow amount of voters to knock off a powerful incumbent.”

Coleman, 32, is an airline pilot who was recently elected to the Parkland School Board.

In a statement, Coleman thanked Browne for his “service to the Commonwealth and running a spirited campaign. He wishes him the best in finishing out his term and any future endeavors.”

Browne, who has served in the Senate for more than 17 years and had spent 10 years in the PA House prior, is considered one of the leading state budget negotiators in Harrisburg. He wrote the legislation creating the Neighborhood Improvement Zone, the special taxing zone that helped revitalize downtown Allentown.

Coleman will face Democrat Mark Pinsley, the Lehigh County controller, who ran unopposed in the fall.

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After nearly three decades in Harrisburg, state senator Patrick Browne (R-Lehigh) conceded his Republican primary race in the 16th District to newcomer Jarrett Coleman.

The 16th District comprises portions of Bucks and Lehigh Counties.

Coleman edged Browne, the senate appropriations chair, by 19 votes in the unofficial tally on the Department of State website. Browne carried Bucks County by 1,075 votes, but Coleman surpassed him in Lehigh County with a 1,094-vote advantage.

“It’s pretty seismic on the political front locally,” said Muhlenberg College political science professor Christopher Borick to WFMZ-TV 69. “He attacked Browne as someone who is too likely to compromise with someone like Governor Wolf and in the Republican primary that was a pretty popular position with enough voters, a very narrow amount of voters to knock off a powerful incumbent.”

Coleman, 32, is an airline pilot who was recently elected to the Parkland School Board.

In a statement, Coleman thanked Browne for his “service to the Commonwealth and running a spirited campaign. He wishes him the best in finishing out his term and any future endeavors.”

Browne, who has served in the Senate for more than 17 years and had spent 10 years in the PA House prior, is considered one of the leading state budget negotiators in Harrisburg. He wrote the legislation creating the Neighborhood Improvement Zone, the special taxing zone that helped revitalize downtown Allentown.

Coleman will face Democrat Mark Pinsley, the Lehigh County controller, who ran unopposed in the fall.

After nearly three decades in Harrisburg, state senator Patrick Browne (R-Lehigh) conceded his Republican primary race in the 16th District to newcomer Jarrett Coleman.

The 16th District comprises portions of Bucks and Lehigh Counties.

Coleman edged Browne, the senate appropriations chair, by 19 votes in the unofficial tally on the Department of State website. Browne carried Bucks County by 1,075 votes, but Coleman surpassed him in Lehigh County with a 1,094-vote advantage.

“It’s pretty seismic on the political front locally,” said Muhlenberg College political science professor Christopher Borick to WFMZ-TV 69. “He attacked Browne as someone who is too likely to compromise with someone like Governor Wolf and in the Republican primary that was a pretty popular position with enough voters, a very narrow amount of voters to knock off a powerful incumbent.”

Coleman, 32, is an airline pilot who was recently elected to the Parkland School Board.

In a statement, Coleman thanked Browne for his “service to the Commonwealth and running a spirited campaign. He wishes him the best in finishing out his term and any future endeavors.”

Browne, who has served in the Senate for more than 17 years and had spent 10 years in the PA House prior, is considered one of the leading state budget negotiators in Harrisburg. He wrote the legislation creating the Neighborhood Improvement Zone, the special taxing zone that helped revitalize downtown Allentown.

Coleman will face Democrat Mark Pinsley, the Lehigh County controller, who ran unopposed in the fall.

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