Incumbents prevail in state House races

  By PATRICK CLOONAN Daily News StafWriter

  Alarea state House incumbents won new terms in Harrisburg. Other than a relatively tight 39th District contest between state Rep. David Levdansky, D-Forward Township , and Republican Elizabeth council President Monica Douglas, those with opposition had little difficulty Tuesday. Beside the Levdansky-Douglas contest, unofficially the closest margin of victory in a local contest was 5,793 votes in the 56th District. That was a rematch of 2002 between state Rep. James E. Casorio Jr., D-North Huntingdon Township , and Republican Susanna Lisotto, a Penn Township hospice manager. According to complete but unofficial
 returns from the Westmoreland County Election Bureau, Casorio received 17,827 votes (59.7 percent) to Lisotto’s 12,034 (40.3). All results are complete but unofficial and provided for Allegheny County by the Pennsylvania Department


of State. Results were not available early today from the Allegheny County Elections Division because of computer problems. In the 35th District, state Rep. Marc J. Gergely, D-White Oak, again easily defeated his 2004 opponent, Libertarian David Posipanka of Homestead. Gergely had 20,195 votes (88.9 percent) to 2,530 (11.1). In the 38th District, a rematch of 2006 ended with state Rep. BilKortz, D-Dravosburg, winning his second term by a margin of nearly 3:1 over Republican Daniel J. Davis of West Mifflin. Kortz had 20,026 votes (72.3 percent) to 7,656
 (27.7). Elsewhere, these House members had no opposition: • Joseph F. Markosek, D-Monroevile, netted 28,371 votes on both major party balots in the 25th District. • Paul Costa, D-Wilkins Township , netted 24,934 in the 34th District. • Harry Readshaw, D-Carrick, had 23,819 in the 36th District. • R. Ted Harhai, D-Monessen, had 21,165 in the 58th District. Another contest watched localy took place in the 33rd District in the Alegheny Valey. State Rep. Frank Dermody, DOakmont, narrowly defeated Fawn Township Supervisor Jason Davidek, 14,521-13,941. Davidek also is spokesman for the McKeesport Area School District.

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