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Local state representative election involves two labor community supporters


APRIL 2014, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Local state representative election involves two labor community supporters


REGION, March 31st- Because of the 2010 census, two legislative districts of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in Lackawanna County that are currently represented by Democrats and have voted in the past to support the labor community in Harrisburg, are forced to run against each other.

Currently, the 112th Legislative District is represented by first-term Democrat Kevin Haggerty of Dunmore while 115th legislative District is represented by Frank Farina of Jessup.

Because of the new drawn 112th Legislative District, which will now include more of the mid-valley area of Lackawanna County, which is currently part of the 115th Legislative District, they must face each other on May 20th for their party’s nomination. There are three Democrats seeking their party’s nomination; Mr. Haggerty, Mr. Farina; and former Valley View School Director Bob Munley.

According to Mr. Haggerty, a 1991 Dunmore High School graduate, and a former United States Marine, who defeated incumbent fellow Democrat Ken Smith in 2012, he has the advanged in the May 20th Primary Election because most of the voters within the new 112th Legislative District he already represents and they know how hard he has worked for them during his time in Harrisburg.Mr. Farina as of press time April 6th, had not contacted the newspaper about his campaign or labor support.

“I think labor knows how hard I worked for them. I have supported legislation that helps them and voted against legislation that harms them,” said Mr. Haggerty.

In the fifteen months Mr. Haggerty has been in Harrisburg, many anti-union bills have been before the General Assembly including attempts to privatize the Pennsylvania Wine and Spirits stores, and weaken the Pennsylvania Prevailing Wage law.

Mr. Haggerty’s wife is a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) Union. She is a teacher in the Riverside School District in Lackawanna County.

The labor community appears to be reluctant to voice public support for either Mr. Haggerty or Mr. Farina because they both have supported legislation important to the labor community while in Harrisburg.

Several labor leaders when contacted would not discuss on the record who they support in the May 20th election. Most of the labor community have not endorsed a candidate for the 112th district.

The winner of the May 20th election will likely be successful in November because no Republicans filed to challenged for the seat.