Another winner in the election this past Tuesday was State Rep. Edward G. Staback, who successfully met a challenge to his long tenure in office, defeating fellow Democrat, Paul E. Dudrich.


Another winner in the election this past Tuesday was State Rep. Edward G. Staback, who successfully met a challenge to his long tenure in office, defeating fellow Democrat, Paul E. Dudrich.
Staback has been a member of the Pa. House of Representatives, District 115, since 1985.
The preliminary count shows Staback received 11,918 votes, and Dudrich, 2,812. The 115th District overlaps Lackawanna and Wayne; the tally in Wayne County was 956 for Staback and 340 for Dudrich.
In Wayne, Stabacks’ challenger had about a third as many votes as Staback; in Lackawanna, he gathered approximately one fourth as many (10,962 for Staback, 2,472 for Dudrich).
The 115th District includes in Wayne County, Waymart Borough, Canaan, Dreher, Lake, Lehigh, Salem and Sterling townships.
Staback commented this was his first ballot challenge in 16 to 18 years. He said he concentrated on his own campaign rather than his opponent’s, and had over 100 volunteers, and over 1,000 yard signs put out. He said he had not met his opponent until election day when he was canvassing the polls.
The Olyphant resident remarked that his victor is evidence he is responding to the needs of the people of the 115th District, both at home and legislatively at the State Capitol.
He was first asked to run in 1984 by Rep. Joe Black who was retiring after 18 terms, and Senator Bob Mellow. Staback was running  a sales finance company at the time, and was active in the Democratic Party.
Dudrich, who is a special education teacher at Wayne Highlands School District, was running for his first time. He is a resident of Archbald. Dudrich had not returned a call Friday for comment, but had posted a statement at www.democrats.org thanking his supporters. He also noted the road was long but worth it, had met many great people, and pledged to run again in 2010.