Election Day is Tuesday, and while most of the attention has been on the presidential and Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race, there are also races going on for the state General Assembly, although to look at the slate of candidates, “race” would probably not be the proper word. “Cruise” may fit better, because that’s what this year’s campaign season has been for many incumbents.
25 State Senate seats must be decided, but nine of them, including the 41st District seat now held by Don White, are uncontested races, assuring re-election for those incumbents.
In the House, 96 of 203 seats are uncontested, including the 62nd District seat held by Dave Reed.
There are two other districts that reach into Indiana County. In the 66th, Speaker of the House Sam Smith is running unopposed. In the 60th, incumbent Representative Jeff Pyle faces a challenge from Jo Ellen Bowman. Those two will be featured tonight at the rescheduled Candidates Night forum of the Indiana County League of Women Voters, at the Oak Place community center at 1055 Oak Street in Indiana.
Reed is the chairman of the House Republican Campaign Committee. He says the chief factor in determining whether or not a candidate is opposed may be that voters like the job they’re doing in Harrisburg.