Tim Twardzik will be the new representative for the 123rd District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
On Tuesday, the retired owner of Ateeco Inc., maker of Mrs. T’s Pierogies, rolled by Democrat challenger and Schuylkill County political veteran PJ Symons.
Twardzik earned more than 14,000 votes on Election Day, about 6,100 votes more than Symons (62%-37%).
His victory means, for the first time since it was created in 1969, a Republican will represent the 123rd District in Harrisburg. He’ll be just the 4th person to occupy that seat since then. And Twardzik replaces the retiring Neal Goodman, who said that he wouldn’t seek re-election when his term ended at the end of 2020.
Twardzik’s victory was just one of many for Schuylkill County Republicans on Tuesday as the County continues its shift to being a deep red on the map.
After the results were clear on Tuesday, Twardzik said he received a concession call from Symons.
“He was gracious in every way and asked me to please make certain I represent all the people of this district,” Twardzik said in a statement released on social media. “I gave him my word that I would do just that. PJ’s call is a reminder that civility is very much alive.”
Just prior to the Election, Twardzik announced that he and his wife, Carol, had tested positive for COVID-19 and continued to quarantine through the vote.