PATTON, CAMBRIA COUNTY--- After ten elections in 20 years, State Representative Gary Haluska said its now time to retire.
‘There comes a time you want to go do something else and I think 20 years is a pretty good career,” said Haluska.
The long time democrat has been representing the 73rd district since 1994. He was voted in when his dad stepped down.
‘He went to the legislator at 64, I’m leaving at 64,” said Haluska.
Haluska said the new districting plan would put four sets of democrats against one another. He went on to say that he has been thinking of retiring and felt now is the time.
‘If the redistricting would have happened a few years ago, I would have ran for a term or two, but since it got delayed it just seems like now is the right time.”
Haluska said serving the past 20 years has given him opportunities he never imagined and has met a lot of people a long the way.
“I will miss the people, not the bickering that goes along with politics but I’ve made a lot of friends, seen and done a lot of things.”
At 64 years old, Haluska said he looking to slow down and spending more time with his family. He even is looking forward to spending more time fishing, hunting and time out on the race track. Haluska said its been a great 20 year ride serving the public but all good things must come to an end.
“It’s been interesting trip to say the least,” said Haluska. “There is a right time to go and I feel like this is the right time.”
Haluska’s term ends in November.
“I can’t thank the public and my staff enough for everything they’ve done over the years, I’m going to miss them.”