Incumbent Godshall wins 16th term in state House
In more than 30 years running for the 53rd state House District, Bob Godshall says he’s had a few close calls.
This year wasn’t one of them, he said Tuesday night.
The incumbent Republican defeated Democratic challenger Mick Wynne to capture his 16th consecutive term in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
“I’m very confident with the way things went,” Godshall said.
Godhsall received 17,068 votes for 60.73 percent, while 11,039 votes were cast for Wynne, giving him 39.27 percent, according to unofficial results on the Mongtomery County website.
Godshall said Wynne — who mounted a write- in campaign to earn his party’s nomination — entered the race late with no name recognition and little support from the Democratic Party.
“My opponent was at a severe disadvantage,” said Godshall, 79.
Wynne — a former union representative at Merck and Co. Inc., where he worked for 38 years — called his race against Godshall an uphill battle.
“It’s that way against any incumbent,” said Wynne, who reported he won Lansdale Borough. “Especially against a man who has been on the job as long as he has.”
The Republican said he ran a clean campaign, touting his record.
“That’s been my motto over the years,” Godshall said. “An incumbent is supposed to be able to run on his record.”
The legislator said voters appreciate his service to constituents. According to Godshall, his offices help 5,000 people every year.
“All day on Election Day, everyone was thanking me,” he said.
Wynne called his first foray into politics a success.
“It was a great experience,” he said. “I can’t say enough about it. Democracy works.”
The 53rd Legislative District covers Hatfield, Lansdale and Souderton boroughs, Franconia and Hatfield townships, the Montgomery County portion of Telford Borough and parts of Towamencin Township.