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Critz Rolls Out Endorsements

By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor

That was fast.

In the 48 hours since it became official that Reps. Jason Altmire and Mark Critz would face off against one another, both campaigns have positioned themselves for the contest.

Altmire’s camp send out an analysis of the newly formed 12th district, showing that approximately 66.2 percent of it will be comprised of his current constituents. Only 26.8% of registered voters are currently in Critz’s district.

Below is a get-to-know-you video his campaign released yesterday.

Moments ago, Critz’s camp unveiled its list of party endorsements, mostly from his side of the new district (Cambria, Somerset and Westmoreland counties). It also includes the popular former PA AFL-CIO leader Bill George, whose voice is still heard among labor groups in the district.

“I am humbled by the support I am receiving from elected officials and leaders from across the district,” Critz said in a statement.  “I made creating jobs and growing our local economy my top priority in Congress and the support of these individuals demonstrates that I have focused on our local communities, while protecting Social Security, Medicare and veterans’ benefits.”

Here’s the full list:

Mrs. Joyce Murtha

State Senators
Senator John Wozniak
Senator Rich Kasunic

State Representatives
Representative Brian Barbin
Representative Frank Burns
Representative Gary Haluska
Representative Joe Petrarca

Beaver County
Former PA AFL-CIO President Bill George

Cambria County
County Commissioner Milan Gjurich
County Commissioner Sam Valenty (R)
County Commissioner PJ Stevens
County Commissioner-elect Tom Chernisky
Former County Commissioner Bill Harris (R)
County Controller Ed Cernic, Jr.
District Attorney Kelly Callihan
Recorder of Deeds Andrea Fedore Sims
Treasurer Barbara Kline
Sheriff Bob Kolar
Prothonotary Patty Berkible
Register of Wills Patty Sharabaugh
Coroner Dennis Kwiatowski
Johnstown Mayor Thomas Trigona
Ebensburg Mayor Randy Datsko
Democratic Party Chair Heath Long

Somerset County
Commissioner John Vatyavuk
Commissioner Pamela Tokar-Ickes
District Attorney-Elect Lisa Lazzari-Strasiser
Treasurer Donna Schmitt
Prothonotary Angie Svonavec
Democratic Party Chairman James Shepley

Westmoreland County
County Commissioner Ted Kopas
County Commissioner Tom Bayla
Democratic Party Chairman Dante Bertani

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