Mahoney loses bid for former seat in 51st District

November 8, 2018 GMT

In a rematch to see who would represent the 51st Legislative District, state Rep. Matthew Dowling secured a second term as state representative.

Receiving 55.91 percent of the vote, the Uniontown Republican won his rematch with former state Rep. Tim Mahoney Tuesday. Mahoney, a Democrat, served five terms in office before losing to Dowling in 2016.

Dowling said he’s proud to have the chance to serve the district for another term.

“I want to thank the constituents and our voters who have their faith and trust in me to serve the 51st District,” he said.

Dowling said his volunteers in Fayette County saw an improved margin of victory in the rematch, especially at polls they lost in 2016. Dowling received 72.44 percent of the vote in Somerset County. He received 51.38 percent in Fayette County.

During the campaign, Dowling said he wanted to find federal funds to finish four-lane Route 219 to Maryland. Dowling also said he wanted to address how opioid and narcotic prescriptions are transmitted from doctor’s offices to local pharmacies, and put more limits on unfunded mandates in school districts.

Dowling said he’s especially ready to make sure there are fewer tax increases from Harrisburg.

“I believe this summer’s upcoming budget battle will be the toughest we’ve seen in our history,” he said.

Last week, Dowling filed a petition against Mahoney and his campaign in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas to prevent the campaign from publishing “false and misleading” material about him. Dowling said Mahoney’s actions violated the Pennsylvania Election Code. Fayette County Judge Gerald Solomon denied the petition Monday.

Dowling said Tuesday that he’s disappointed with the information that came from Mahoney’s campaign but thanked him for his decade of service.

Mahoney, who received 44.09 percent of the vote, said this was a nasty, dirty campaign. He said he is not planning to run again in two years. Mahoney won 27.46 percent of the vote in Somerset County.

“I hope he does well for them, that’s all I can say,” Mahoney said.

The 51st District covers parts of Fayette and Somerset counties.