Democratic PA-18 Candidate Sues Westmoreland County Democratic Party
Westmoreland County Commissioner and candidate for the 18th Congressional district Gina Cerilli is suing the Westmoreland Democratic Party ahead of the party meeting to send its recommendation for who should be the party’s candidate in the 18th district’s special election.
According to the Post-Gazette, Cerilli sued filed the suit on Friday after threatening the lawsuit the week before.
Cerilli is reportedly suing the committee after they did not fill any of the open spots on the committee with names from the 75 person list she submitted.
Cerilli accuses County Chair Lorraine Petrosky of “acting in a fashion of exclusion and disenfranchisement” according to the complaint.
The Post-Gazette notes that there has been tensions between Petrosky and Cerilli since Cerilli was first elected.
From the Post-Gazette:
There is little love lost between the two leaders. Ms. Cerilli, who describes herself as a pro-life and pro-gun Democrat, ran her 2015 campaign for county commissioner largely independent of party leadership and the rest of the party slate.
“They’ve been trying to fight me ever since,” Ms. Cerilli said.
The Democratic committee people of the 18th Congressional district will meet on November 19th to vote on their suggestion to the state Democratic party’s Executive Committee, who will make the final decision on who the candidate will be.