For the second-consecutive election cycle, Republican Warren Kampf topped Democrat Paul Drucker for right to represent the 157th District in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives.
The incumbent declared victory shortly before 11 p.m. Two years after beating Drucker by just under a thousand votes, Kampf ultimately won by 1,002.
At an election night party at Wayne’s Landmark Americana, Kampf said his message of fiscal restraint struck a chord with the voters of the 157th.
“Controlling spending in state government and not increasing the burden on the job sector, improving Pennsylvania’s competitiveness, making it more job-friendly, was all a large part of our message. Wages aren’t going up,” Kampf said, in the midst of a Republican celebration that was muted by the news that President Barack Obama had just won reelection to his own second term.
Kampf added that his November 6 success was driven by a simple two-pronged strategy: good governance and passionate campaigning.
“We’ve worked very hard the last two years as a state representative office. We provided very good constituent services. On top of that, I knocked on something like 9,000 doors, talked to a lot of people, and many of those people liked the fact that I was out in their communities asking them what they thought was important in state government,” he added.
“I’m thrilled with the win and I’m looking forward to get back to Harrisburg to do the people’s business.”
Paul Drucker held an even more subdued election night party at McKenzie Brew House in Berwyn. Tuesday’s was an outcome, he admitted, that he didn’t see coming.
“We always felt good about it. Always,” he sighed.
Drucker added that, after consecutive losses, this would be his last run for the 157th District seat.
“I’m not Richard Nixon,” he joked.