PA-12: McClelland Picks Up Four Lawrence Co. Endorsements
Democratic candidate Erin McClelland for PA-12 announced today that her campaign has received the support of four elected officials from Lawrence County. The most prominent were County Commissioner Stephen Craig and Ellwood City Mayor Anthony Court.
Commissioner Craig and Mayor Court accompanied McClelland to a press event at the Ellwood City Council Borough Building this morning to declare their endorsement. McClelland is also being backed by Ellwood City Councilman Ralph Chiappetta and John Todorich, who could not attend the ceremony.
The newly re-constructed 12th congressional district now contains some of Lawrence County, with Ellwood City being the most prominent Lawrence Co. town in the new district. Republican Congressman Keith Rothfus currently represents the 12th district, since his 2012 defeat of Democrat Mark Critz.
In her press statement about the event, the McClelland campaign highlighted the fact that the candidate has scored endorsements in four of the six counties that make up part of the district. Aside from Lawrence, these include Allegheny, Beaver, and Westmoreland counties.
McClelland’s primary opponent is Col. John Hugya, a former Chief of Staff to Rep. John Murtha who represented the 12th district for 45 years. Hugya is likely to focus on Murtha’s old stronghold of Johnstown and its surrounding areas in Cambria and Somerset counties.
McClelland is a businesswoman from New Kensington.