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Longtime Cambria Co. legislator not seeking re-election

Updated: Tuesday, March 11 2014, 01:00 PM EDT

By: WJAC Web Staff

PATTON, Pa. -- A longtime Democratic Cambria County legislator will not seek re-election, citing newly created Republican-created legislative boundaries as a reason for his decision to end his political career.

Rep. Gary Haluska has served the 73rd legislative district for more than 20 years, covering the, north-central, northest and east-central portions of Cambria County. Haluska announced in a statement Tuesday he would not seek re-election this year.

"I have been blessed with a great staff and overwhelming support from the people of the 73rd legislative district over the years," Haluska said. "I hope that they feel that we have provided them with the service and representation which they deserved."

Following the 2010 census, the state's 203 legislative districts were redrawn based on population changes, Haluska said. The state courts did not approve two Republican redistricting plans for 2012, delaying the changes to 2014.

In the third redistricting plan that was accepted, Haluska said four sets of Democrats were to run against each other. He and Rep. Frank Burns, of the 72nd legislative district, from the central and west-central part of Cambria County, were two of the four sets running against each in the new boundaries.

"The combined district will be the 72nd legislative district," Haluska said. "I had already been thinking of retiring from public life, and now I see no better time to do so."

Haluska's term will end on Nov. 30.

"Again, thanks to all who supported and voted for me over the years." Haluska said.

Haluska serves on the Tourism and Recreational Development Committee, the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, the Transportation Committee and the Game and Fisheries Committee, according to his biography. He's also a member of several caucuses, including as chairman of the Motorsports Caucus.

Longtime Cambria Co. legislator not seeking re-election

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