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Alloway wins 33rd District Pa. Senate seat

November 05, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Republican Richard Alloway II easily defeated Democrat Bruce Tushingham to become the successor to Pennsylvania state Sen. Terry Punt in the 33rd District, according to incomplete and unofficial results from Tuesday's election.

"We won this election together as a team," Alloway told supporters. At the same time, he said the state is facing very serious issues as he prepares to take office.

"Everyone is aware of the economic challenges facing our country. High energy costs, rising unemployment, the Wall Street mess and looming budget deficits," Alloway said. Talk in Harrisburg about raising taxes to cover the deficit "is the worst thing we could do to our economy now," he said.

"We need to cut spending. Everyone knows how good the government is at wasting money," Alloway said. "It's time our government becomes more efficient and less wasteful because it's your money."

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"I strongly believe in this formula: Less government spending, plus lower taxes equals more economic opportunity," Alloway said. "Pennsylvania must become job-friendly and this formula is the way to be competitive and attract job creators."

Alloway, 40, of Chambersburg faced his stiffest challenge in the April primary, winning a four-way race for the GOP nomination. Tuesday, he defeated Tushingham 79,765 votes to 36,559, according to election results from Franklin, Adams and York counties.

Tushingham, 70, of New Oxford, Pa., is a retired teacher. No Democrat appeared on the April primary ballot, which Tushingham won as a write-in candidate.

"I want to thank my opponent, Bruce Tushingham, for conducting himself in an honorable civil manner," Alloway said. "Bruce and I had three debates, and each time he talked about the issues and his vision for Pennsylvania, instead of negative personal attacks."

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