History Making Election

By Ben Manning | bmanning@wtajtv.com

Published 05/27 2014 10:16PM

Updated 05/29 2014 01:37AM

ALTOONA, BLAIR COUNTY - Pennsylvania is behind most of the nation when it comes to women lawmakers, but one local woman is working to change that.

Right now in the Pennsylvania General Assembly women make up less than 18% of the Senators and Representatives. That's well below the national average which is more than 24%.

Making Blair County history, Judy Ward is likely to be the first woman from the county to serve in the general assembly Ward won the Republican Primary for the 80th District seat and there's no one else on the ballot for the November General Election.

She would be the first woman to represent Blair County. She says she didn’t think about that when she started, but as she was campaigning a lot of women were excited about it and that made her excited too.

And she's not the only one. Jerry Stern is retiring from the 80th District seat after more than 20 years of service. And he's glad to see his replacement is starting to make the states lawmakers into a better representation of its people.

Ward says she didn't get into politics to make history, but to serve the people of the 80th District.

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