Benninghoff, McCracken to square off in 171st District

LEWISTOWN — Democrat Erin McCracken is set to challenge 10-term Republican State Rep. Kerry Benninghoff for his seat representing the 171st Legislative District in the state House of Representatives, according to unofficial election results.

McCracken and Benninghoff both won uncontested races for their respective parties’ nominations Tuesday.

Benninghoff, from Bellefonte, has been in the state House since 1996, following his service as a two-term Centre County Coroner. McCracken, from Millheim, earned a Masters in social work and a Masters in public administration from West Virginia University and owns her own catering company.

According to unofficial results, McCracken received 3,990 votes in the Democratic primary (302 in Mifflin County) and Benninghoff received 4,828 votes in the Republican primary (1,156 in Mifflin County). There were also seven Democratic write-in votes and nine Republican write-in votes in Mifflin County.

The 171st District includes a part of Centre County and Armagh, Brown, Decatur and Union townships in Mifflin County.

The general election is Nov. 6.