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
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.