Don Hahn Wins Primary Election For State College Mayor

Former Borough Council President Don Hahn won the Democratic primary Tuesday night after 12 years of service on the council.

Hahn took the primary with 949 votes (43.81%), while the BugPac-endorsed Michael Black came in second with 779 votes (35.96%). Catherine Dauler received 292 votes and Janet Engeman received 142 votes, combining for about 20% of the final total.

There are no Republican candidates for the office. Even if there was a Republican candidate, State College local elections are nearly always decided in the Democratic primary, so it’s likely Hahn would still ultimately be elected.

Hahn, currently vice president of the State College Borough Redevelopment Authority, has served on the State College Community Development Block Grant Citizen Advisory Committee, the Community Land Trust Board of Directors, the Planning Commission, and three terms on the State College Borough Council.

He has stated that his priorities include neighborhood stability, fiscal sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and advocating for progress and change in Harrisburg.

This year’s general municipal election is slated for November 7, when residents will have the opportunity to officially elect Hahn as the next mayor of State College.

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