The 53rd House District will have a new representative, as unofficial results showed Lansdale Democrat Steve Malagari ahead of Republican Andy Szekely and Libertarian John Waldenberger for the seat long held by retiring Republican Rep. Bob Godshall.
"It tells us that we have a new direction for the 53rd, that we have new leadership for the 53rd, and that we are really excited, happy for the results, and we worked really hard for this," Malagari said.
Unofficial vote totals had Malagari, a Lansdale councilman, ahead by a margin of 51 percent to 47 percent for Szekely, a chiropractor and Lansdale's mayor from 2008 through 2017, with less than 1 percent for Waldenberger, a small business owner and musician from the Souderton area.
"From the countless hours of door knocking, countless hours of fundraising, countless hours of standing at the polls, not just today but in the primary too: this was two big elections that we had to get through, to get to this point," he said.
"It was an amazing journey, and we're really excited to move forward with governing," Malagari said.
As of 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Malagari had 13,581 votes to 12,724 for Szekely and 288 for Waldenberger, with 34 of 34 polling areas reported.
"I think it's safe enough to say it's over for me at this point. ... This is only the beginning, taking a little break, and then on to the next task," Waldenberger said.