Two leading Democratic elected officials from Lawrence County are announcing today that they will be supporting business executive Erin McClelland over retired Colonel John Hugya for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district.
County Commissioner Stephen Craig, Ellwood City Mayor Anthony Court, and Ellwood City Councilmen Ralph Chiappetta and John Todorich are all supporting McClelland.
McClelland has also been endorsed by State Representative Erin Molchany (D-), Beaver County Clerk of Courts/Register of Wills Carol Ruckert Firoucci, Westmoreland County Commissioner Ted Kopas, Westmoreland County Democratic Chairman Dante Bertani, and Westmoreland Dems Executive Director Jesse Walker.
If McClelland can perform strongly enough in Beaver, Lawrence, Allegheny, and Westmoreland counties, then she can afford to concede a little ground to Hugya’s home base in Johnstown. Hugya’s main concern in winning the primary will be turning out the Somerset-Cambria area to a similar degree that Congressman Mark Critz did during the 2012 primary.
The winner of the McClelland-Hugya primary will face incumbent freshman GOP Congressman Keith Rothfus.
Erin McClelland is a business executive with over 18 years of experience in healthcare. She currently resides in the Natrona Heights section of Harrison Township, Allegheny County with her husband of 15 years and her 12-year-old son.