Last updated: May 21. 2014 12:34AM - 1167 Views
By Bill O’Boyle boboyle@timesleader.com

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SWOYERSVILLE — Eileen Cipriani stood by the side of her mentor and former boss as she greeted supporters at her victory celebration Tuesday night at the Swoyersville American Legion, basking in the glory of victory.

Cipriani, 50, of West Wyoming, won the Democratic nomination to run for the seat vacated by State Rep. Phyllis Mundy, who is retiring at the end of the year.

According to unofficial results, Cipriani received 2,488 votes to 1,242 for Edwardsville Councilman Gary Mack. The vote totals were well below 2012 primary numbers, when there was no opposition in either party race.

Cipriani will now face Republican Aaron Kaufer, 25, of Kingston, in the November General Election. Kaufer was unopposed in the primary. Kaufer received 1,432 votes in the primary. He ran against Mundy in the 2012, General Election, losing by just 3,000 votes.

Mack, 55, of Edwardsville, teaches math in the Wyoming Valley West School District and he sits on Edwardsville Borough Council. He did not return a message seeking comment.

“I am humbled and honored to receive such an outpouring of support in the district,” Cipriani said. “I have a fabulous group of campaigners and together we put together a true grass roots effort.”

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