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McGinty Adds Adviser from Labor

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J.J. Johnston, formerly of SEIU Pa., has joined Katie McGinty’s gubernatorial campaign as a senior advisor on labor issues, the campaign announced yesterday.

Johnston made his mark in state unions, becoming President of the Greater Westmoreland Labor Council, AFL-CIO and then Executive Director of the SEIU Pennsylvania State Council.

“I am proud to join Katie McGinty’s team because she is the strongest candidate to take on Tom Corbett,” Johnston said in a release. “As Governor, Katie will stand up for working men and women and will fight for policies that rebuild the middle class and create jobs for Pennsylvanians.”

He worked in Pa. through the early 2000s and later transferred to California.

Johnston joins a candidate in a crowded Democratic field that includes the likes of Rep. Allyson Schwartz, State Treasurer Rob McCord, and former Pa. Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, among others.

McGinty served as Secretary of the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection.

“J.J. Johnston brings a vast amount of knowledge of Pennsylvania politics and issues that affect working men and women,” McGinty said in a release. “J.J. is respected in labor and throughout Pennsylvania. Adding him to our team makes us a much stronger campaign.”

One Response

  1. If McGinty stays in, she will probably take a lot of female vote that Schwartz was counting on.

    I think it’s a good for the party that we have (so far) two women running for Gov.. This election can be about the issues, rather than just one candidate being viewed as the sole representative of her gender.

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