- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

PATTON, Pa. (AP) - State Rep. Gary Haluska is retiring and will avoid running against another incumbent in western Pennsylvania’s redrawn 72nd House District.

The 63-year-old Democrat from Patton, a tiny borough in Cambria County, announced Tuesday that he was retiring from the seat he’s held for nearly 20 years.

Because of redistricting, Haluska would have faced 73rd District incumbent state Rep. Frank Burns in the Democratic primary.

Burns now faces only Martin Westrick, a business owner and political novice. Burns was elected to the state House in 2008.

Philip Rice, of Ebensburg, and Randy Wilson, of Reade Township, are running for the Republican nomination.

The redrawn district includes nearly all of Cambria County, except for a few northern townships and boroughs bordering Clearfield County.


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