The mayor of McKeesport, Jim Brewster (D) won the 45th District State Senate seat on Tuesday. Brewster has been involved in McKeesport politics for many years, first serving a ten-year stint on city council and then as mayor for the last seven years. The mayor has helped improve conditions in McKeesport and hopes to do the same thing in Harrisburg.
On the other side of the state, 3-term Hazleton Mayor, Lou Barletta (R) finally ousted 13-term incumbent Paul Kanjorski (D) on his third try and is headed off to represent the 11th Congressional District is Washington, DC. Mayor Barletta made national headlines when Hazleton passed an immigration law which is being challenged in a federal case by the ACLU. Barletta said he will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Barletta feels being in Congress is the best place to address the immigration issue.