LACKAWANNA COUNTY—The signs are out and the candidates are ready.
The race for the 112th House District includes two current and incumbent state lawmakers, Representative Kevin Haggerty of the 112th District and Representative Frank Farina of the 115th District.
Bob Munley, a former school director and Jessup native is also in the running.
“It’s by far the most interesting race in both Lackawanna and Luzerne counties. There are really no contested races. The incumbents seem to be unopposed in most elections. The fact of the matter that the 2 districts were merged, the 112th and 115th makes it much more interesting than anywhere else in Pennsylvania,” said Joe Gilhooley, who is working on the Munley campaign.
The boundaries of the 112th District were rewritten after the 2010 census, combining the old 112th and the old 115th districts.
The night before the primary election, Kevin Haggerty was knocking on doors in Throop.
“If I win tomorrow night, I will be the first state representative in Pennsylvania history to beat two incumbents in two years,” he said.
Also in Throop, Bob Munley spoke with Newswatch 16 about the unusual race, a race he is in with two current state lawmakers seeking their second terms.
“When I first decided to run for this race, I certainly knew it wasn’t going to be easy being as I was running against two incumbent candidates and that is always a task, but I feel very confident in my abilities,” he said.
Representative Frank Farina said he is excited by the opportunity to represent a new district if elected.
He was campaigning in Scranton Monday night.
He called the circumstances of this race difficult.
“It’s an unfortunate situation that they pinned the two of us against each other, but it’s something that’s not in our control. It has nothing to do with us, but we are running against each other,” said Farina.
The winner of the Democratic primary has no opposition come November, except possibly from write-in or third party candidates.