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May 20, 2014

Shuster survives challenge in 9th

JOHNSTOWN — Even when running in a three-candidate race, U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Hollidaysburg, still appeared to win the Republican Party’s 9th Congressional District nomination with more than 50 percent of the vote unofficially on Tuesday.

The incumbent defeated Art Halvorson, a  Bedford County resident, and Travis Schooley of Franklin County.

Shuster, chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, will now face Alanna Hartzok, winner of the Democratic Party nomination, during the general election in November.

Shuster, who first took office in 2001, credited his opponents and how hard they campaigned, saying, “I have respect for that and appreciation for what they did,” according to pennlive.com.

Schooley opposed Shuster in 2012 but was removed from the ballot in a challege of signatures on his nominating petition.

Hartzok, founder and co-director of Earth Rights Institute, was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

“I and my whole team are very pleased,” said Hartzok. “We’ll be good to go. We’re going to do a lot of what I call participatory democracy the next few months. That’s a lot of conversations.”

Dave Sutor is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/Dave_Sutor.

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