Brandon Markosek to follow in father’s footsteps in state House
Democrat Brandon Markosek cruised to victory Tuesday night against Republican Stephen Schlauch in a race to represent several suburban communities east of Pittsburgh.
With the win, Markosek, 25, of Monroeville will follow in his father’s footsteps. State Rep. Joe Markosek, D-Monroeville, has represented the suburban district in Harrisburg for 35 years. He announced in February that he would retire and not seek re-election.
The younger Markosek collected 57.5 percent of the votes cast in the 25th State House District compared with Schlauch’s 42.4 percent with all precincts reporting unofficial results, according to the Allegheny County Elections Division.
The district includes East McKeesport, East Pittsburgh, Monroeville, North Versailles Township, Pitcairn, Wall, Wilmerding and a large part of Plum.
“I feel very proud of the campaign that we have run and I look forward to continue the progress that has been made in our district,” Brandon Markosek told supporters at Monroeville Volunteer Fire Department No. 6 along Garden City Drive.
Markosek earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Duquesne University and a master’s in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed summer internships at the state capitol and worked for nearly two years as a community outreach representative for state Sen. James Brewster, D-McKeesport.
Markosek said his first priority is to tackle transportation issues facing the district.
“I want to make sure we have the proper funding in place for those issues,” he said. “We have the second-highest number of bridges in the nation in need of help.”
Markosek called Schlauch a worthy opponent and attributed his win to knocking on nearly 14,000 doors throughout the district to meet with voters.
“I learned the needs of the constituency and I’ll be the voice of those people,” Markosek said.
Schlauch, 35, of Plum, conceded to Markosek by 10:30 p.m. while at Palmieri’s Restaurant in Plum with friends and family.
“I want to congratulate him on a well-fought race,” Schlauch said. “I gave everything I had. It’s unfortunate, but that’s the nature of the district. ... I wish I could have done more, but it wasn’t meant to be, so it is what it is.”