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Hahn plans to keep knocking on doors, listening

by on May 18, 2017 9:19 AM

STATE COLLEGE — Attorney and former State College Borough Council member Don Hahn said he has enjoyed being on the campaign trail to be the borough’s next mayor. He enjoyed visiting people door-to-door. He visited several events and spent hours talking with neighbors about the needs of State College.

Now, it looks like he has more campaigning ahead.

Hahn secured the Democratic nomination for mayor of State College during the May 16 primary election. Hahn beat out three other candidates, and no Republican ran. He could still face an opponent in the general election once write-ins on the Republican side are tallied. The leading write-in vote getter with at least 10 votes can get the Republican nomination.

With all State College precincts reporting, he won 949 votes, ahead of business owner Michael Black’s 779 and current State College Borough Council members Catherine Dauler and Janet Engeman, who had 292 and 142 votes, respectively.

“The nomination means that I have more doors to knock, more events to attend and more opportunities to listen about what matters to State College,” Hahn told the Gazette.

Hahn, 52, is an attorney with the State College law firm of Stover, McGlaughlin, Gerace, Weyandt & McCormick, P.C. He also is currently vice president of the State College Redevelopment Authority. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Penn State and a law degree from Villanova University School of Law. Hahn lives in the borough with his wife, Cynthia.

Mayor Elizabeth Goreham chose not to seek a third term in office. She publicly expressed her support for Hahn’s candidacy.

“I wish to thank everyone who worked and voted for me,” Hahn said. “I especially wish to thank Mayor Elizabeth Goreham. Her example of encouraging community outreach, advocating reform in the Pennsylvania Municipal League and utilizing her office to promote entrepreneurship, the environment and inclusion has been an inspiration to my campaign.

“The next mayor must reach out to the community, build consensus and advocate zealously for State College,” said Hahn. “We still have a lot to accomplish together.” managing editor Geoff Rushton and Centre County Gazette managing editor G. Kerry Webster contributed to this story.

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