CRANBERRY TWP — Incumbent state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe won the Republican nomination for the 12th District Tuesday night and will face Democratic challenger Lisa Zucco in the Nov. 4 election.
Metcalfe beat Republican challenger Gordon Marburger of Adams Township, a Mars School Board member who waged a write-in campaign after being removed from the ballot last month.
The state Supreme Court in that case ruled that Marburger failed to file financial interest statements in time. However, Marburger continued his campaign but came up short Tuesday.
Metcalfe won 3,271 votes compared to 2,731 write-in votes. It wasn’t immediately clear Tuesday night how many of those write-in votes went to Marburger, and all results are still unofficial.
However, Metcalfe won 54 percent of the vote compared to the 45 percent that went to write-in candidates.
Shari Brewer, director of the county’s election bureau, said Tuesday night that her office is not planning on counting the write-in votes by hand and she is not sure just how many votes Marburger received.
“Being that it’s not an issue, we won’t count those votes,” she said. “Our practice is, unless he would have beaten Metcalfe, we normally wouldn’t count those write-in votes because there isn’t a reason to.”
However, Brewer added that anyone can come to the election bureau and count the votes himself.
Metcalfe, who’s served in Harrisburg since 1999, will face Lisa Zucco, a Cranberry resident and a newcomer to politics.
Zucco ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.