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Flick wins GOP nod for state House

A 179-vote margin delivered the Republican nomination for the open 83rd Legislative District seat to Jamie Flick, according to unofficial election results.

Flick defeated Ann Kaufman for the opportunity to run in November for the seat being vacated by retiring state Rep. Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township.

Flick celebrated Tuesday night with a party in South Williamsport.

Flick, a lifelong county resident who grew up on a local farm and owns and manages a software company on Reach Road in Williamsport, unofficially received 4,136 votes to Kaufman’s 3,957 votes. In Lycoming County, Flick got 3,681 votes to Kaufman’s 3,443, according to unofficial election results.

The district comprises much of Lycoming County and a portion of Union County.

In interviews Flick said he would be a legislator who would look for ways to reduce the gasoline tax in the state, which remains the second highest in the nation, but with many roads and bridges in disrepair.

He also decried the high rates for the business and corporate income taxes and promised to work on behalf of the district in terms of job growth and to lower the burden on senior citizens, who he said needed property tax relief.

He also called for reforms in the inheritance tax.

Kaufman, a district director with U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, had more than a decade of public service. Before working for Keller she worked for former U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station.

In other races, state Reps. Joe Hamm, R-Hepburn Township; Clint Owlett, R-Liberty; Stephanie Borowicz, R-McElhattan; and U.S. Reps. Dan Meuser, R-Dallas; and Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Howard, secured their nominations after running in the primary unopposed. Amanda Waldman ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination to challenge Meuser for his congressional seat, while 2,377 Democrats in Clinton and Union counties selected Denise Maris to challenge Borowicz, rather than Elijah Probst, who received 1,450 votes.

The Democratic Primary ballot had no candidates running to challenge Thompson, Hamm, Flick or Owlett. Whether there will be any Democratic candidates for those four races will depend on how write-in voting went, which will take several days to determine.

Votes remain unofficial until election officials in Lycoming and Union counties confirm the count and validity of the ballots that were cast.

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