Hershey wins 9-way Republican primary

Hart wins uncontested Democratic nomination

MIFFLINTOWN — John Hershey won a nine-way Republican Party primary for representative from the 82nd Legislative District Tuesday, according to unofficial election results.

According to unofficial results, Hershey, from Mifflintown, received 2,602 votes, James Junkin of Franklin County, came in second with 1,135 votes and Jerry Leach, of Juniata County, finished third with 993 votes, topping Tracy Powell Markle by two votes.

According to unofficial election results, in Juniata County Hershey received 1,635 votes. Hershey also received 752 votes in Mifflin County, followed closely by Joseph Ughetto, of Mifflin County, with 681. Junkin, who is from Willow Hill, received the most votes in Franklin County with a total of 775, leaving Hershey to follow with 251, according to unofficial results.

Hershey is a graduate of Juniata High School, as well as Messiah College, with degrees in economics and politics. He previously served as a legislative aide for retiring U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent and also co-founded a subscription coffee service which sought to provide grants to other nonprofits seeking to grow their coffee growing operations.

Hershey will face Kim Klingensmith Hart, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Hart received 1,888 votes, according to unofficial results.

Both are hoping to replace Republican state Rep. C. Adam Harris, who is not seeking re-election.

The 82nd District includes all of Juniata County; Burnham, Juniata Terrace, Lewistown and McVeytown boroughs and Bratton, Derry, Granville, Menno and Oliver townships in Mifflin County and a part of Franklin County.

The general election is Nov. 6.

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