Cly­mer re-elected to 17th term in House

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Meghan Ross

It looks like it will be two more years for Paul Cly­mer as the Penn­syl­va­nia state rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the 145th dis­trict.

Cly­mer beat out Demo­crat chal­lenger Mary White­sell in Tues­day’s elec­tion.

Cly­mer, 75, lives in West Rock­hill Town­ship and has held RI­fiFH VLQFH 1980, PHDQLQJ WKLV will be his 17th term as state rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

White­sell, 57, was born in Hun­gary and be­came a United States ci­ti­zen when she was 18. 6KH QRW OLVHV LQ 6SULQJ­fiHOG Town­ship.

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Tues­day night, Cly­mer said he was very grate­ful to the community and the vol­un­teers who par­tic­i­pated in his cam­paign. Throughout the day, he had con­fiGHQFH LQ KLV FKDQFHV WR WLQ DQG trusted the community to vote for him once again, he said.

“I knew my sup­port base was

very strong,” Cly­mer said.

He started his day at 7 a.m. go­ing from vot­ing sta­tion to vot­ing sta­tion and ended his day of cam­paign­ing at 8 p.m.

“That’s what we need to do to en­cour­age the vot­ers and the poll work­ers,” he said of his long day.

“I worked hard, I knew that. My part­ner [White­sell] didn’t work as hard she could have,” Cly­mer said.

Cly­mer said those he en­coun­tered Tues­day con­grat- ulated him and thanked him for his ser­vice.

“vou have to ded­i­cate your­self to the job. vou have to place your pri­or­i­ties,” Cly­mer said. “It’s a lot of work and a lot of time and VDFrL­fiFH, EuW yRu dR LW IRr the com­mon good. We’re a blessed coun­try and a blessed state.”

Cly­mer said it was too early to call if he would run again in two years.

How will Cly­mer be cel­e­brat­ing? Very qui­etly, he said. He said he would go to a party at the Bucks County Repub­li­can Head­quar­ters Tues­day night.

White­sell said she spent her day vis­it­ing all the vot­ing sta­tions in the 145th dis­trict with a friend, and they ex­changed pleas­antries with those vot­ing.

She said she thought it was won­der­ful to see a large turnout at the sta­tions.

“It was es­pe­cially heart­warm­ing to see the young peo­ple turn out,” she said.

Re­cently, White­sell said Perkasie res­i­dents had been talk­ing to her about the im­por­tance of jobs and about a QHw FRQFHrQ WhDW LV flDrLQg up; she said res­i­dents were con­cerned with the Perkasie elec­tric­ity rate, say­ing it was too high. One res­i­dent ex­pressed con­cern that it would be hard to en­cour­age busi­ness own­ers to come to Perkasie if the elec­tric­ity rates were so high. White­sell said even though this prob­lem was more of a lo­cal is­sue than a state is­sue, she could still work to tackle it by set­ting reg­u­la­tions.

Though Whi t e s e l l may have lost the 145th dis­trict race, her at­ti­tude re­mained pos­i­tive.

“My at­ti­tude has al­ways been no­body re­ally goes away a loser,” she said.

She and Cly­mer did not cross paths throughout the day, though they both vis­ited vot­ing sta­tions throughout the 145th dis­trict. White­sell said, how­ever, that when she and Cly­mer run into each other, the two are ami­ca­ble.

White­sell said she could not make a com­mit­ment on if she would run again in two years.

“I’ve never been known as a quit­ter,” she said though.

News-her­ald pho­tos — DEBBY HIGH

Mary White­sell, Demo­cratic can­di­ate for state rep­re­sen­ta­tive, talks with An­drew Rum­bold and Perkasie coun­cil mem­ber Justin Stot­t­lar out­side the polls at Perkasie Bor­ough Hall.

Mutts 4 Mitt set up camp on the side­walk out­side the Perkasie Bor­ough Hall polling place.

The West Rock­hill Town­ship build­ing polling place has a long line out the door at 7 a.m. on Elec­tion Day.

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