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Shift In Political Representation

The shift in political representation in the 12th District has some Johnstown residents worried.<br>
JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY--- The shift in political representation in the 12th District has some Johnstown residents worried.

"I'm not sure what's going to happen, I really don't," said Robert Margucci, owner of Mr. T's Barber Shop.  "I've lived here all my life and the past few years have not been good for business."

Incumbent Democrat Mark Critz was defeated by Republican challenger and Pittsburgh Native Keith Rothfus in the election.  Democrats were hoping for a fourth victory in two years for Critz.

Congressman John Murtha held office since 1977, when he died Critz, a former aide was elected.  This is the first time Johnstown will not be home to a local sitting congressman since 1935.

Linda Thomson, President of Johnstown Area Regional Industries said Congressman Murtha and Critz both did a lot for the area and will be missed.

"They both did a lot for this area," said Thomson.  "We're going to continue to be strong economically and develop this region."

"I like Johnstown, I just don't know what's in store for the future," said Margucci.
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