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%.


January 31st, 2014 | Posted in Congress, Front Page Stories, Top Stories | 19 Comments

19 thoughts on “PA-3: Rep. Kelly Gets A Challenger (Watch Video)”

  1. E.J.Folta says:

    you have my vote…..Dan. we need Kelly out! he was one of the bumbs that helped shut the goverment down. along with his pal Ted Cruz….ya, Green Eggs and Ham. deadbeats! we need the upper-class out of Washington. i don’t forget that easy. Kelly would not return my phone call!

  2. Nick says:

    The youngest presidents were Teddy Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy.

    Bill Gates was 20 when he founded Microsoft.

    None were respected, at first…

  3. Joe says:

    Patrick Murphy from Florida will be 31 next month and is the youngest Congressional member.

    Would you like to point out your homework to prove mine wrong?

  4. TC says:

    Oops that special note was for Joe. Sorry Pete!

  5. TC says:

    I’ve known Dan for a while and he is smart, grounded, and wise beyond his years. He is a tireless professional and is dedicated to making this district viable.

    Special note to Pete: do your homework before you post.

  6. jjcnpa says:

    The District is too gerrymandered for any Dem to win

  7. Pete says:

    This guy knows what he’s talking about– we need this kind of energy in Washington! Great background, wonderful story– this is the kind of representative I want, and that type of leader we need.

  8. Jessica says:

    What is happening in Washington isn’t working. Dan’s right the entire region needs help, not just Erie and Pittsburgh. We need new leaders in DC, I like the video and look forward to learning more about Dan before the primary.

  9. Peter says:

    I like this guy’s energy and we could use some fresh air in the capitol. Throw the bums out!

  10. Nathan says:

    I’m really excited about Dan’s candidacy. Can’t wait to see where this guy goes!

  11. B.J. says:

    How many of these comments were by this kid and/or his mom?

  12. Mike says:

    This guy looks like more of what we need in Congress! Great message, great video, great energy!

  13. tommyd says:

    Joe! You forgot to call LaVallee a Communist!

  14. Kevin says:

    Finally, a fresh face with common sense ideas for PA! Unlike Kelly who votes in lock step with the extreme GOP, LaVelle offers us a choice who cares more about our community than politics. I’m with LaVelle!

  15. Ryan says:

    Finally! Someone who cares about the community and the betterment of our youth. Can’t go wrong with a guy with a beard. He’s got my vote and my dollars.

  16. Joe says:

    No one in Congress under 30. How does a 25 year old guy who just got his own first job think hes going to be able to create jobs in NW Pa?!

    Kelly will have a field day with this young man.

  17. Keith says:

    I’d vote for this guy. This is the kind of leadership we need in Washington–a smart, job-oriented focus on results for the American people, rather than on scoring points for a political party.

  18. Noah says:

    Finally! Someone who has the experience and the brains to put our economy back on track. Thank you Dan!

  19. Sid says:

    Good luck Dan. Kelly’s used car salesman and a Tea Party obstructionist. Time for him go back to selling foriegn cars.

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