Reports state that a Pennsylvania state representative, who died last month, was reelected in the midterm elections.
Anthony “Tony” DeLuca, Democrat, died Oct. 9, “after a brief struggle with lymphoma. A disease he had twice beat.” The Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus stated that he was 85.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, DeLuca was Pennsylvania’s longest-serving state representative.
“While we are deeply saddened by the passing of Representative Tony DeLuca we are proud to have seen the voters continue to show their trust in him and his dedication to Democratic values by electing him posthumously. “A special election is coming soon,” Pennsylvania House Democrats stated in a tweet.
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DeLuca’s opponent was Queonia “Zarah,” a Green Party candidate. ran on a left-wing platform and listed her three priorities on her website: “environmental justice,” ending the war on drugs, and “reducing gun violence.”
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DeLuca lived in Penn Hills for more than 60 years. After five years on the Penn Hills Government Study Commission and then two years as Penn Hills Mayor, DeLuca went on to run for his legislative seat, defeating the Republican incumbent.
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He graduated from Westinghouse High School as well as the Community College of Allegheny County. He was the father of four children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Larry, his brother, and his parents preceded him in death.