By Patty Yauger Herald Standard Court Reporter
Oct 7, 2016
The two candidates seeking to represent the residents of the state’s 50th Legislative District will discuss the issues facing southwestern Pennsylvania during a forum hosted by the Herald Standard, Greene County Messenger and The Mon Valley Herald-Standard.
Both incumbent state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Jefferson Township, and her challenger in the race, Waynesburg Republican Betsy Rohanna McClure, will take part in the Thursday, Oct. 13, candidate forum in the auditorium of Waynesburg Central High School. The district encompasses all of Greene County and portions of Fayette and Washington counties.
Doors will open to the public at 5:45 p.m., with the forum to beg at 6:15 p.m.
- Neither candidate was challenged for their respective party nomination in the April primary.
Snyder was first elected to state office in 2012 after serving nine years as a Greene County commissioner and is seeking a third term.
A proponent of the coal and natural gas industries, during her first term, Snyder sponsored and led the passage of legislation that requires the state Department of Environmental Protection t receive approval from the state for the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions.
In 2014, Snyder was one of four lawmakers named to a legislativ task force charged with investigating the opioid prescription drug abuse in the state. The Joint State Government Commission’s task force produced recommendations that are now being implemented statewide.
Rohanna McClure, a Trinity School District nurse and community leader, is a first time candidate.
A Greene County native, Rohanna McClure earned her nursing degree from Waynesburg College and an master’s in education from California University of Pennsylvania. She has served as a case manager for Albert Gallatin Hospice and Washington Hospital, in addition to teaching college and vocational technical nursing classes.
Rohanna McClure is a member of the Greene County Historical Society, Pennsylvania State Education Association and VFW Local 4793, among others.
Herald-Standard, Greene County Messenger and The Mon Valle Herald-Standard Executive Editor Michael Palm said a candidate forum allows each candidate to express their views on a variety o topics.
“The public deserves the opportunity to be informed about the views of the candidates who would like to represent them,” he said. “We believe the questions posed during our forum will help illuminate the issues most important to voters.”
Robert Pinarski, publisher of the three newspapers, said that since 1690, Americans have looked to their newspapers for information about economic conditions, politics and the comings and goings of their neighbors.
“The goal of the Greene County Messenger, the Herald-Standard and The Mon Valley Herald-Standard has been and will continue to be to deliver the most up-to-date information to the communities we serve,” he said. “The candidate forum is an additional informational tool for those that will go to the polls in November.”
Christopher Whitlatch, Mon Valley Alliance chief executive officer will moderate the forum.
The Alliance — the consolidation of the Mon Valley Progress Council and the Middle Monongahela Industrial Development Association — was created in April.