When the campaign season began, Tim Bonner needed to win three elections in 2020.
Bonner, R-8, Pine Township, pulled off the trifecta, with a resounding victory over Democrat Phil Heasley of Center Township, Butler County. With the win, Bonner claims a full two-year term in the state legislature in District 8, which covers eastern Mercer County and northwestern Butler County.
All results are unofficial until election boards from both counties ratify the results.
With all Election Day and mail-in votes counted in both counties, Bonner had 23,344 (75.3%) votes to Heasley’s 7,644 (24.7%). In Mercer County, Bonner had 13,589 votes and Heasley had 4,074.
Bonner won a special election over Heasley in March to replace former state Rep. Tedd Nesbit, who won election last year as a judge in the Mercer County Court of Common Pleas. In the June 2 Republican primary, Bonner defeated Scott Jaillet, while Heasley ran unopposed on the Democratic side.
During his time in Harrisburg, Bonner has been a critic of Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, and was party to a lawsuit against the governor to lift some of the administration’s orders. He also sponsored a bill to prevent annual cost-of-living pay raises for members of the legislature during the pandemic.