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Reactions: Schmotzer Beats Cratsley in 22nd District's Special Election

The former Baldwin-Whitehall School Board member will represent the 22nd for the rest of the year.

Former Baldwin-Whitehall School Board member won one and lost one on Tuesday.

Schmotzer failed in his bid to earn the Democratic Party's nomination for Pennsylvania's 22nd House District seat, losing to , but he did win Tuesday's special election over Republican to fill the remainder of former Rep. Chelsa Wagner's 22nd District term, which expires on Dec. 31.

As such, Schmotzer will represent the 22nd, which includes all of  and parts of , for the next eight months, but he will be left off of November's general election ballot for the 22nd in favor of Molchany.

With more than 99 percent of the primary vote reported, Molchany earned 52 percent, compared to 38 percent for Schmotzer.

Molchany, of Pittsburgh's Mount Washington neighborhood, will face Cratsley, of the Overbrook neighborhood, in November for the right to represent the 22nd District for the two years following Schmotzer.

Cratsley earned his spot in November by running unopposed in his party's primary election on Tuesday.

Said Schmotzer following his convincing win over Cratsley—55 percent to 38 percent—and his disappointing loss to Molchany, "It's difficult for people to vote for somebody twice. We tried to get that message out.

"I've run a three-month campaign. To take nothing away from anybody, some of my opponents have been out there for a year-and-a-half campaigning for state representative.

"I've been treated very, very good in this campaign by people, but the fact of the matter is I would have preferred a May primary. And I would have preferred more people voting today. We wanted 30 percent to show up today. That's what we needed. I've never seen an election so slow in voters showing up. I've never witnessed it in my entire life."

Schmotzer reiterated his campaign promise for the next eight months: focusing on assessments, education, health care, jobs, seniors and transportation.

"Whether I'm up there (as a state representative) eight days, eight weeks, eight months or eight years, I will fight like hell on behalf of the working men and women of my district."

Earlier in the night, Cratsley gathered with friends and family at the Castle Tavern on Route 88 in Castle Shannon Borough to wait for his races' results.

Despite recognizing the likelihood at around 8 p.m. that he had lost to Schmotzer, Cratsley said, "I had a good feeling going into (the election). A lot of people, whether they voted for me or not, they showed up, and they were doing their research on who they wanted to get to know.

"I think (Tuesday's results) will be fair. People had a lot of information come at them, especially with the special election."

View the video included with this article for a longer reaction from Cratsley. For Molchany's reaction to defeating Schmotzer in the Democratic primary,  (includes video).

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Emily Marandino April 26, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Anybody that voted for SCHMOTZER should have their head examined. The man stole 50,000 dollars and then was allowed to repay the money and get expunged from something he should have been put in jail for doing. Schmotzer should have never been allowed to run for any elected office EVER !!! He should be playing basketball at the COUNTY JAIL ! I am soooo glad he lost the general election and will not our representative come this December when his term expires ! Please all DO NOT FORGET "DINARDO AND PALMIERE" who represent us on the Baldwin/Whitehall School board who both were AVID SUPPORTERS OF THIS MAN !! The democratic party should be ashamed of promoting this THIEF....and allowing him to represent anyone of us. This is one of the many reasons I have switched parties and now am a PROUD R E P U B L I C A N !!!!
Robert Edward Healy, III April 26, 2012 at 09:08 PM
bd, Had to take down a direct reference to an employee at the high school. Sorry.
Jon Wain April 26, 2012 at 11:01 PM
thank you to all who got back to me. much respect to yins
Truth hurts April 27, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Sorry BD, didn't know you were there first hand to know the full details of the situation, I stand corrected. @Emily, get a clue, Palmiere isn't even on the school board! Keep pulling that straight R on election day and school funding will be zero after the next R is elected Governor.
bd April 27, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Truth - I think Emily was simply asking people to remember the 2 local politicians who worked to try to get this joker elected. Dinardo is on school board (again, replacing her husband who resigned) and Palmiere is now on county council but served for many years on school board. They both allowed Schmotzer to use them in his campaign mailer and Palmiere's endorsement of Martin Schmotzer was as a long-time member of the school board (probably because not many people even know what county council is or who their representative is). Palmiere is simply one of Schmotzer's followers. Also, as a registered Independent, I think the current governor has the crappy job of cleaning up after high-spending, high-debt Rendell. Criticize Corbett all you want, but Rendell helped greatly in creating the huge budget problems.

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