GROVE CITY – State Rep. Tedd Nesbit will be serving the Pennsylvania House’s 8th district for a third consecutive term.
“I’m excited. We did well,” said Nesbit, of Grove City.
The Republican incumbent defeated Democratic challenger Lisa Boeving- Learned of Jackson Center in Tuesday’s general election.
The 8th District covers parts of Mercer and Butler counties.
Districtwide, Nesbit captured 14,905 votes to Boeving-Learned’s 6,026.
In Mercer County, Nesbit earned 8,937 votes, with Boeving-Learned receiving 3,534. There were 15 write-in votes.
The results tabulated Tuesday night didn’t include more than 1,500 absentee ballots in Mercer County, which election officials still need to count and certify. But the number of absentee votes wouldn’t be enough to change the result.
Nesbit watched the returns during a family gathering at his sister’s home. He said his win is the result of hard work, and he’s proud that his constituents are giving him another chance.
He campaigned door-to-door and sent out mailers, and he was pleased with the strong voter turnout.
“They realize how important these elections are,” said Nesbit, who previously worked as an assistant district attorney for Mercer County.
He said he is ready to continue working on economic development by bringing high-tech jobs to the area, and making improvements to water and sewer infrastructure.
Nesbit said it appears that there will be a bipartisan government, and he hopes that all elected officials are committed to working together.
“People want us to stop pointing fingers,” he said.
They need to figure out what they agree to keep things moving in the right direction.
Nesbit spent most of his Election Day meeting with voters at the polling places. Everyone is interested in making sure the education system is fully funded, and that there is quality job training.
“It helps you get a good sense of what’s going on,” he said of making the rounds on Election Day.
He thanked his friends and family for their support, and those who spent time at the polls on his behalf.
“I am honored,” he said.
Nesbit also said that the opioid crisis continues to be an important issue, and he helped get a bill passed that requires electronic prescription records for opioids.
He hopes that database helps prevent overdoses and drug abuse. He’d also like to work on getting people the help they need to overcome drug addiction and substance abuse.
Boeving-Learned offered congratulations to Nesbit and said she felt her team ran a great campaign.
“I stayed true to my principles,” she said.
She said she will continue to advocate for issues that are important to her, such as health care, raising wages and bringing more jobs to the area.
Boeving-Learned thanked her campaign team, those who voted for her, the Democratic parties in both counties, and her family and friends.
She is a retired Tampa, Fla., police officer and Army veteran.