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Democrat Thom Welby declares victory for State House 113th District

The representative seat was left vacant by Marty Flynn, who resigned in June after being elected to the state senate.

LACKAWANNA COUNTY, Pa. — Thom Welby is headed to the statehouse.

He will replace his former boss, now-senator Marty Flynn, who was elected to the State Senate after John Blake stepped down suddenly at the beginning of the year. 

Welby will finish out Flynn's term, which ends next November. 

He has already said he will not run for re-election, so he's excited to focus solely on his work and not on campaigning. 

It's a job he's familiar with; he watched Flynn do it for almost a decade while he served as his chief of staff.

"The experience that I got in the last eight and a half years a lot of it hasn't been legislative, but it has been constituent service. Now I'm looking forward to the legislative part of it too. But I'm really looking forward to helping people, and not to sound but getting paid for helping people is awesome," said Thom Welby.

Original story:

A special election is also being held to fill an empty state representative seat in the 113th District. It was left vacant by Marty Flynn, who resigned in June after being elected to the state senate.

The candidates for that race are Democrat Thom Welby, Republican Dominick Manetti, and Libertarian Bonnie Flaherty.

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