Marybeth Kuznik, the executive director of VotePA, has been a longtime advocate for election integrity and voter rights. Now that she is herself running for political office, her connections with organizations across the state have made the difference in garnering endorsements over her Primary Election opponent Raymond “Bud” Geissler in the race for Pennsylvania’s 56th state House district.
Already, Kuznik has been endorsed by former U.S. Congressman Ron Klink, Philadelphia City Commission Chair Stephanie Singer, the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, the Westmoreland County Democratic Party, the Greater Westmoreland Labor Council, Pennsylvania NOW, APSCUF, Humane PA, the Steel City Stonewall Democrats, and the Gertrude Stein Political Club of Greater Pittsburgh.
Today, however, Kuznik received a major endorsement that is likely to have wider appeal in the district than the aforementioned individuals and groups. Allen Kukovich, who represented the district from 1977 through 1996 and then represented the 39th senatorial districtfrom 1996 through 2004, threw his support behind Kuznik.
“I have known the Kuznik family my entire life,” said Kukovich. “They have always been a credit to the Penn Township community. For many years Marybeth has actively worked not only locally, but statewide to reform government and improve our electoral system. Her knowledge, integrity and work ethic could serve us well in the legislature.”
“It means so much to me to be endorsed by Allen Kukovich,” Kuznik responded. “He is one of my true heroes among all legislators past and present because he always served with such incredible honor and caring for the citizens of Pennsylvania. I know I will have a huge legacy to live up to if the 56th District voters choose me to represent them in his seat in Harrisburg.”
The 56th District includes most of Penn Township and North Huntingdon Township, the City of Jeannette, and the boroughs of Irwin, North Irwin, and Penn in Westmoreland County.
Kuznik or Geissler will go on to face Republican incumbent George Dunbar in the fall.
For more information about Marybeth Kuznik and the 56th District race, go to http://vote4marybeth.com.