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Thursday, January 05, 2006
Another state house seat opens up in Luzerne County. First Charlie Lemmond's retirement sets off a scramble in the Republican Party to replace him in the State Senate. Then Kevin Blaum hangs it up promising a crowded Democratic primary in the 121st House District. Now the longest serving Republican in the State House, George Hasay ( R-Shickshinny) wants to spend more time with his family. From the CV:
George Hasay, R-Shickshinny, said he wants to travel and spend more time with his family while announcing he will vacate his seat after 34 years. Hasay becomes the 11th state lawmaker to decide against seeking re-election in 2006. The decision was a tough one, he said. "Being in the public spotlight for 34 years is long enough," Hasay said. "This is a high-pressure, demanding job. I know now is the time."
Hasay became the youngest member of the House in 1972 when he was elected at age 23. During his time in the legislature, he chaired the Federal-State Relations Committee and the Conservation Committee. He currently serves on the House Committee on Committees, House Commerce Committee and the House Rules Committee. His legislative accomplishments include co-sponsoring the PACE program to bring prescription drugs to senior citizens; supporting legislation (Act 101) that placed stronger environmental regulations on landfills; and passage of the ACRE legislation, which protects farmers' rights.
The 117th is a rural and very Republican district that includes parts of Columbia, Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. So far 3 candidates have emerged to replace him:
Two area school board members and the head of a local political committee indicated Wednesday interest in outgoing state Rep. George Hasay's seat. Crestwood board president Bill Jones, Northwest Area board member Randy Tomasacci and Harveys Lake Republican committee member Edmund Sichler Jr. emerged as potential candidates hours after Hasay confirmed he will step aside after 17 terms serving the 117th District.
I'm not sure what party Bill Jones belongs to but he has close ties with Democratic Commissioner Greg Skrepnak. Randy Tomasacci has been busy trying to figure out a way to teach Intelligent Design in the classroom even after the Dover decision. But there are sure to be more people who will get into this.