By Adam Farence, Daily Local News
Posted: 12/16/16, 4:17 PM EST
WEST CHESTER: Carolyn Comitta can now officially call herself state Representative Comitta after a hearing Friday afternoon determined she would represent the 156th legislative district in Harrisburg.
Comitta, a Democrat and the mayor of West Chester, had challenged Dan Truitt, R-156, of East Goshen, for his spot on the state legislature.
Common Pleas President Judge Jacqueline Carroll Cody presided over the hearing. Comitta was represented by Samuel Stretton, a longtime county Democrat and attorney and Truitt was represented by Curtis Norcini.
“I appreciate that you all pursued everything you did to ensure the integrity of the election process,” Cody told everyone assembled.
Truitt was not present for the hearing, and did not return a request for comment.
“We wanted to make sure that every valid ballot was counted, and that whoever won was the people’s choice,” Comitta said after the hearing. “I’m grateful to all the voters, all the volunteers, voter service, and Dan Truitt for his graciousness and service to our community.”
Both attorneys told Cody that they had agreed with the results of the recount, which put Comitta ahead of Truitt by 25 votes, putting her total at 18,267 to Truitt’s 18,242. Comitta’s campaign had filed for a recount after unofficial results from election day declared Truitt the winner.
Comitta extended her thanks to all her campaign staff and workers, including Stretton.
“I am honored to serve as representative for the citizens of district 156 and look forward to working together to make our wonderful community even better for all.”
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