Democrat Flynn wins Pa. 22nd Senate District special election

By: - May 19, 2021 1:31 am

State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, has won the four-way special election race for northeastern Pennsylvania’s  22nd Senate District, according to unofficial tallies.

With 52 percent of the vote, Flynn will fill the seat left vacant in March after Sen. John Blake, a Democrat, resigned to work with U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-8th District. 

Flynn — a former Lackawanna County Prison guard and mixed martial arts fighter — will represent all of Lackawanna and parts of Monroe and Luzerne counties. 

He was first elected in 2012.

Republican candidate Chris Chermak garnered 37 percent of the vote; Green Party candidate Marlene Sebastianelli received 10 percent, and Libertarian Nathan Covington had one percent.

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Marley Parish
Marley Parish

A Pennsylvania native, Marley Parish covers the Senate for the Capital-Star. She previously reported on government, education and community issues for the Centre Daily Times and has a background in writing, editing and design. A graduate of Allegheny College, Marley served as editor of the campus newspaper, where she also covered everything from student government to college sports.

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