In­cum­bent God­shall wins 16th term in state House

North Penn Life - - News - By Bradley Sch­legel bschlegel@jour­nal­reg­is­ter. com

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.

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