PA-3: Rep. Kelly Gets A Challenger (Watch Video)
Democrat Dan LaVallee jumped into the Democratic primary for PA-3 on Friday morning.
LaVallee launched his campaign with an exceptionally well-produced, 2 minute web video, called “Get Our Economy Moving Again.”
“While nearby cities are starting to recover, most of Northwestern Pennsylvania is still falling behind,” LaVallee said. “We have opportunities for growth, but we aren’t taking them. Today’s Washington would rather shut down the government than find solutions.”
“Here’s what I’ll do,” LaVallee explains in the video, “Create partnerships between universities and local businesses, invest in job training so people can get the skills needed for the jobs today, and we need to balance the federal budget.”
LaVallee is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University where he played basketball, and then went on to earn a Master’s degree. He currently works in family health care provision.
Republican Mike Kelly (R-Butler) has held the seat since 2011, when he unseated Democrat Kathy Dahlkemper. Now, there are three Democrats lined up to run against him: LaVallee, Rob Joswiak and Matt Ryan.
The 3rd Congressional district stretches the NW corner of Pennsylvania from Erie to Kittanning and includes the counties of Armstrong, Butler, Mercer, Crawford, and parts of Erie, Clarion, and Lawrence Counties.
Since Kelly won, redistricting made it a much redder seat, an R+8 Political Voting Index district where Romney trumped Obama 56% to 43%.