State College

Don Hahn wins State College race for mayor

Don Hahn, a former borough councilman and council president, is the next State College mayor.
Don Hahn, a former borough councilman and council president, is the next State College mayor. Centre Daily Times, file

Don Hahn is the next mayor of State College.

A race that’s attracted a lot of attention has finally been decided.

Hahn, the Democratic nominee, defeated Michael Black, a Democrat who ran on the Republican ballot, and independent candidate Ron Madrid.

A healthy democracy needs competition, Hahn said, saying that he had two “great” competitors.

He said he’s inheriting an “excellent” community, but there are challenges on the horizons, such as improving town-and-gown relations.

With all 19 State College precincts counted, Hahn earned 2,374 votes, while Black got 1,464 and Madrid received 567. That means Hahn won with 53.82 percent of the vote, according to unofficial Centre County election results.

Hahn is a graduate of State College Area High School and Penn State. In addition, he has a J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law.

He served on State College Borough Council for 12 years — for two of which as president. Hahn is an attorney with Stover, McGlaughlin, Gerace, Weyandt & McCormick, P.C., and is vice president of the State College Redevelopment Authority.

Hahn will take up the mantle of Mayor Elizabeth Goreham, a Democrat who’s served in the position for eight years.

Goreham endorsed Hahn in a letter to the editor published in the CDT, saying in part: “Don listens, provides thoughtful insights, and, most importantly, has the ability to think both short and long term what is best for State College. He takes the time to understand important issues thoroughly, and is always acutely aware of the concerns of citizens.”

Election results remain unofficial until certified by the Board of Elections.

Sarah Rafacz: 814-231-4619, @SarahRafacz