Incumbent Gene Yaw on Tuesday won the Republican nomination for the state Senate seat for the 23rd District, easily fending off a challenge from Republican State Committeeman David Huffman Jr. of Williamsport.

With 100 percent of the vote counted in the 23rd District, Yaw had 16,967 votes and Huffman had 4,525 votes.

"We're really happy with the result," Yaw said.

Yaw is completing his first four-year term as a state senator.

Yaw will face Democrat Luana Cleveland of Lycoming County in the November election. Cleveland ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat.

Yaw was the prime sponsor of legislation that was signed into law, which requires public online reporting of gas well information by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Yaw said he was also the prime sponsor of another bill which modified the Clean and Green Law to benefit farmers and landowners.

Yaw has also said that, as chairman of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, he has actively promoted the establishment of an infrastructure to increase the availability and use of natural gas in rural Pennsylvania. Yaw also co-sponsored a package of general flood relief bills, which was passed by the Senate immediately following the September flooding.

Huffman is a former member of the Williamsport school board.

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