election results

51st Legislative District

As this was in the 50th last election, it is kind of like that in the 51st this election, however the challenger of the 2016 election is now the incumbent now and the challenger now was a  10-year assemblyman. Another face off between these two candidates, as with the neighboring 50th District to the West will take place this fall with Tim Mahoney securing the Democratic Nod with 2,811 votes and Matthew Dowling again securing the Republican nod with 2,558 votes.

 

Candidate List

May 15, 2018 General Primary Unofficial Candidate List – In ballot order

May 15, 2018 General Primary  
Unofficial Candidate List – Ballot Order  
U.S. SENATE    
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICAN  
·         Bob Casey, Jr. ·         Jim Christiana  
  ·         Lou Barletta  
  ·         Joe Vodvarka  
 

GOVERNOR

   
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICAN  
·         Tom Wolf Scott R. Wagner  
  Paul Mango  
  Laura Ellsworth  
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR  
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICAN
·         Kathi Cozzone ·         Kathy Coder
·         John Fetterman ·         Diana Irey Vaughan
·         Mike Stack ·         Joe Gale (removed per court order 3-20-18)
·         Aryanna Berringer ·         Jeff Bartos
·         Ray Sosa ·         Peg Luksik
·         Nina Ahmad  
·         Craig Lehman  
REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS  
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICAN
·         Bibiana Boerio ·         Guy Reschenthaler
·         Tom Prigg ·         Rick Saccone
·         Adam Sedlock  
·         Robert C. Solomon  

 

SENATOR IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 32nd DISTRICT
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICAN
·         Pam Gerard §  Pat Stefano
 

 

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICAN
49TH  
·         Steven M. Toprani ·         Bud Cook
·         Randy J. Barli  
50TH  
·         Pam Snyder §  Betsy Rohanna McClure
51ST  
·         Tim Mahoney ·         Matthew Dowling
52ND  
·         Ethan Keedy §  Ryan Warner

 

DEMOCRATIC STATE COMMITTEE       REPUBLICAN STATE COMMITTEE
·         Vincent A. Vicites – Male ·         Melany Chrash – Female
·         Gloria L. Dillon – Female ·         Brandon Rumbaugh – Male
·         Rita J. Yantko – Female ·         Gregory Chrash – Male
·         Mike Cordaro – Male ·         Dave Lohr – Male
  ·         Melanie Stringhill Patterson – Female

 

BELLE VERNON BOROUGH  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
·         Carolyn Cherocci  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  
 

BROWNSVILLE TOWNSHIP

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

BROWNSVILLE BOROUGH WARD 1

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

BROWNSVILLE BOROUGH WARD 2

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
Jack Lawver  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  
 

BROWNSVILLE BOROUGH WARD 3

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 

 

BULLSKIN TOWNSHIP DIST 1  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
  Wm. Henry Schiffbauer
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  
 

 

BULLSKIN TOWNSHIP DIST 2

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

BULLSKIN TOWNSHIP DIST 3

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
Dean Allen  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  
Laura Zelenka  
CONNELLSVILLE CITY WARD 1  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
Lee Winterhalter Bob Topper, Jr.
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  

 

CONNELLSVILLE CITY WARD 2  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

CONNELLSVILLE CITY WARD 3

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

CONNELLSVILLE CITY WARD 4

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

CONNELLSVILLE TOWNSHIP

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

DAWSON BOROUGH

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 

 

DUNBAR TOWNSHIP DIST 1  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

DUNBAR TOWNSHIP DIST 2

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
Sandra Lee Murray  
 

DUNBAR TOWNSHIP BOROUGH

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
  Norman Gordon
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  
 

EVERSON BOROUGH

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 

 

FAIRCHANCE BOROUGH  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
Thomas L. Tanner  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  
Teresa M. Tanner  
FAYETTE CITY BOROUGH  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP DIST 1

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
Joseph E. Bollibon  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  
 

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP DIST 2

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
  ·         Lydia Strickler
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN ·         Marion J. Dean
  ·         Janet Dean Trees

 

GEORGES TOWNSHIP DIST 1  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
Lloyd Moser  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  
 

GEORGES TOWNSHIP DIST 2

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
  Ernie Miller, Jr.
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  
 

GEORGES TOWNSHIP DIST 3

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

GERMAN TOWNSHIP DIST 1

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
  Robert L. Mangold
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  

 

GERMAN TOWNSHIP DIST 2  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

GERMAN TOWNSHIP DIST 3

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
  ·         Eugene Burchianti
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  
  ·         Evelyn Burchianti
 

GERMAN TOWNSHIP DIST 4

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

HENRY CLAY TOWNSHIP

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
Daniel V. Burd ·         Kassandra Myers
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  
Donna Joy Burd ·         Neil Reddington

 

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
Paul Harvey Francy Angelo
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  
Hillary Redman  
 

LOWER TYRONE TOWNSHIP

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
John L. Anderson  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  
Linda A. Cottom  
 

LUZERNE TOWNSHIP DIST 1

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

LUZERNE TOWNSHIP DIST 2

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 

 

LUZERNE TOWNSHIP DIST 3  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
Petina Buchheit  
LUZERNE TOWNSHIP DIST 4  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

 

MARKLEYSBURG BOROUGH

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

MASONTOWN BOROUGH

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
  ·         David Wingard
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN ·         Brian Harkins

 

MENALLEN TOWNSHIP DIST 1  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
Barbara Rohaley  
MENALLEN TOWNSHIP DIST 2  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
  ·         William P. Kozlovich
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN ·         Linda Kozlovich
 

MENALLEN TOWNSHIP DIST 3

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

NEWELL BOROUGH

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
Nicki M. Todaro  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  

 

NICHOLSON TOWNSHIP  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

NORTH UNION TOWNSHIP DIST 1

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
Joe Beal  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  
Pamela L. Hudson  
NORTH UNION TOWNSHIP DIST 2  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
Patrick Livingston Theresa Tina Allen
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  
NORTH UNION TOWNSHIP DIST 3  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
Mark L. Martin ·         Scott R. Cully
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN ·         George W. Semans
Sue E. Martin  

 

NORTH UNION TOWNSHIP DIST 4  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
Larry Koko Fetsko ·         Roberta M. Show
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN ·         David Show
Bobbi Ruggieri  
NORTH UNION TOWNSHIP DIST 5  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
Walter E. Lehman  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  
Judy Cole  
OHIOPYLE BOROUGH  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

PERRY TOWNSHIP

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 

 

PERRYOPOLIS BOROUGH  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

POINT MARION BOROUGH

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

REDSTONE TOWNSHIP DIST 1

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
Richard Worley, Sr. Tom Zimmerlink, Jr.
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  
 

REDSTONE TOWNSHIP DIST 2

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
·         Dwayne C. Thomas Bob Yatsko
·         Ronald Dellarose, Jr.  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  
·         Patricia Patty Hennessey  
·         Melinda Deal Dellarose  

 

REDSTONE TOWNSHIP DIST 3  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

 

REDSTONE TOWNSHIP DIST 4

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
Juanita Thomas  
 

SALTLICK TOWNSHIP

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
  Audra Cruder
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  
  Ronald Cruder
 

SMITHFIELD BOROUGH

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
Arley Stoker, Jr.  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  

 

SOUTH CONNELLSVILLE BOROUGH  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
  Dave Lohr
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  
SOUTH UNION TOWNSHIP DIST 1  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
Randall Vernon ·         Twila K. Young
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN ·         Robert A. Smith, Sr.
Delores Martin  
SOUTH UNION TOWNSHIP DIST 2  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
Harry V. Joseph ·         Gregory Chrash
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN ·         Melany Chrash
Rose Ann Joseph  
SOUTH UNION TOWNSHIP DIST 3  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
Jason Scott  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  
 

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP DIST 1

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 

 

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP DIST 2  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

SPRINGHILL TOWNSHIP DIST 1

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

SPRINGHILL TOWNSHIP DIST 2

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

STEWART TOWNSHIP

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

UNIONTOWN CITY WARD 1

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
  Dana L. Fayock
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  

 

UNIONTOWN CITY WARD 2  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

UNIONTOWN CITY WARD 3

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

UNIONTOWN CITY WARD 4

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

UNIONTOWN CITY WARD 5

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
  Vickee B. Altman
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  
  Gary N. Altman
UNIONTOWN CITY WARD 6  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 

 

UNIONTOWN CITY WARD 7  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

UPPER TYRONE TOWNSHIP

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
Charles B. Cook  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  
 

VANDERBILT BOROUGH

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
 

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN

 
 

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMEMBER
Joe Grata  
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN  
 

WHARTON TOWNSHIP

 
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
  ·         Gail R. Carlins
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEWOMAN ·         Richard A. Carlins
   

 

Candidacy Announcements

Mahoney announces bid to reclaim 51st Legislative District seat

Upset at the way things are going, former state Rep. Timothy S. Mahoney is running to reclaim the 51st Legislative District seat he held from 2006-2016. A plain-speaking but principled office holder, Mahoney said he can’t sit idly by while his successor favors “doing crazy things like giving away $2 billion set aside to complete the Mon-Fayette Expressway.”

“For the past year, the guy who came after me has been, for all intents and purposes, ‘The Invisible Man’ when it comes to new ideas and displaying leadership,” Mahoney said. “At the behest of many supporters and friends in Fayette and Somerset counties who want real representation, I have decided to climb back into the political ring for a rematch. I’m ready. Trust me on that.”

Mahoney, of South Union Township, said he plans to gain back the seat with the backing of the Fayette County Democratic Party that was splintered in 2016, but is now more unified.

He also said national campaign forces that were a factor in state and local races two years ago won’t create the same political backdraft that aided his opponent.

“The number of people urging me to run again is nothing short of astonishing,” Mahoney said. “Everywhere I go, I started asking people, ‘Are things better, worse or the same?’ The overwhelming response was, ‘Tim, things are worse than they’ve ever been!’ I want to change that, and quick.”

As a state legislator, Mahoney said he wasn’t afraid to put forth bold ideas and take tough stands, even if it meant breaking with his party’s leadership or governor.

He was the author of the House version of an updated state Open Records Law that many of his peers didn’t initially want, and he steadfastly refused to raise taxes under Republican and Democratic governors. Mahoney was also a strong advocate for maintaining and expanding the number of state police, and used the Open Records Law to obtain information that documented a shortfall in the number of troopers at the Uniontown Barracks.

Another signature issue for Mahoney was early warnings about the heroin and opioid crisis. Under a Republican administration, he made a key ally, of the director of the state office of Drug and Alcohol Programs, held the first Town Hall meeting in the state on the topic and urged more state funding for addiction treatment way before it became politically fashionable.

“People know I’m not afraid to speak out when something needs said, or to do something when something needs done,” Mahoney said. “I drive a pickup truck, attend my kids’ and grandkids’ ball games, and root for the Steelers, Penguins and Pirates.

“When I’m your representative, you get someone who’s one of you. Not someone who’s one of them.”

Follow “Bring Back Tim Mahoney” on Facebook.

Candidacy Announcements

State Rep. Dowling seeks re-election in 51st District

State Rep. Matthew Dowling (R- 51) announced that he will be running for re-election in the 2018 campaign season.

Dowling was first elected to the House in 2016, defeating incumbent Tim Mahoney.

“Two years ago, I made a promise to stand strong for the taxpayers of community, support commonsense policies that create jobs, fight the opioid epidemic and work for everyone by refusing to play political games,” Dowling said.

“I am proud that I have kept that promise, but know that much remains to be accomplished to make our communities and our state stronger for the future.”

In Harrisburg, Dowling has quickly earned a reputation as a tough watchdog for taxpayers by standing against Gov. Wolf’s disastrous tax-and-spending increase agenda and attack on the Second Amendment and Pro-Life values of Fayette and Somerset counties.

“Where my predecessor was a willing ally in Gov. Wolf’s liberal agenda and chose to partake of every taxpayer-paid perk Harrisburg offered, I have been a consistent voice to control spending and have led by example by refusing the per diems and perks,” Dowling said. “My goal is to deliver true public service by refusing to play political games and focusing on the issues.”

Dowling has also gained a reputation as a leader in the effort to address the opioid epidemic. In just his first year in office, he helped pass a bipartisan package of new laws that was praised for its focus on combatting the epidemic through changes in prescription rules, professional education, prevention efforts and law enforcement.

Dowling also delivered bipartisan budgets that included increased funding for treatment and prevention efforts.

“I am proud that –– working in a bipartisan manner –– we have accomplished more in the fight against opioids over the past two years than in the 10 years before that combined,” Dowling stated.

“Opioids know no economic, geographic or racial lines,” he continued.

“They are simply hurting Pennsylvanians and must be dealt with strongly. I will continue to focus on this issue to help provide a brighter future for our families,” he added.

Dowling said that other areas of focus during his first term has been job creation, education and infrastructure, noting how these issues, while each important on their own, combine to help drive the economic and job growth our area needs.

“Quality schools better prepare our children for the job market of tomorrow. A strong infrastructure system with the roads and highways we need to connect our community to bigger metro centers and the interstate system makes our area more attractive to job creators.

And having a fair and predictable tax and regulatory system in our state makes Pennsylvania more competitive in the national marketplace for employers,” Dowling said.

“I am working to address these issues in a comprehensive manner to better retain and attract the jobs we need and improve the quality of life for residents,” he added.

As representative, Dowling supported reforms that are helping to control state spending and bring greater transparency to the budget process, worked to provide record levels of state funding for basic education, voted in favor of tax and regulatory reforms that make the state more attractive to job creators and supported completion of the Mon-Fayette Expressway and its Southern Beltway Connector.

“While many people think being representative is about passing legislation in Harrisburg, I think the more important part of the job is helping real people here at home,” Dowling said.

“I want to listen to and help people. That is why I have made strong constituent services, extensive community outreach and local issues such a large part of what I do,” he continued.

Dowling pointed to examples of his efforts on this front, including hosting gun rights seminars; bringing important state government committee meetings to our community to increase citizen participation in government; delivering grants to local schools, volunteer fire and emergency services companies and for community projects; and outreach efforts like his popular “Morning Meetings with Matt” town hall meetings, “Office Open Houses” across the district to better listen to and serve constituent concerns and his Senior Expo.

A pro-life, pro-Second Amendment legislator, Dowling voted in favor of legislation to limit abortions to 20 weeks, which Gov. Wolf vetoed.

Dowling said he is currently sponsoring legislation to better defend the rights of law-abiding gun owners from overreach by the state under Gov. Wolf’s declared state of emergency over the opioid crisis.

“I will never allow the core values of our community to be ignored by this liberal governor and his allies in Harrisburg,” Dowling said.

“The rights of life, liberty and freedom are the foundation of our Commonwealth and must always be defended,” he continued.

“They are not political chips to be traded in legislative games,” Dowling added.

Dowling is a native son of the 51st District and brings to the legislature experience as a successful small business owner and active community volunteer.

Dowling also served as a Rotary District Governor for the seven-county region.

Dowling and his wife, Rebecca, are the proud parents of two young sons.

Candidate Exit Releases

Back to business for Tim Mahoney

Outgoing state Rep. Tim Mahoney (D-51st) talked about his future plans, accomplishments and regrets during the past 1 years in office during an interview Friday.

Defeated by political newcomer, Republican Matt Dowling of Uniontown in the past November election, Mahoney believes it was related to what he called “Trump Mania.”

Mahoney said he believes the Republican wave swept throughout Western Pennsylvania. And, in the case of his district, he said the Republican party in Harrisburg poured money into the hands of his opponent.

“The Republicans spent over $300,000 against me,” he said. “Part of their marketing efforts were signs that said “I’m with her,” and identified me with Hillary Clinton. Those weren’t my signs.

“This young man (Dowling) who was just elected didn’t raise more than $3,000. Most of it came from Harrisburg people. He’s indebted to someone. … Where are his values going to be? Are they going to be with the people who financed his campaign or with his Fayette County constituents?”

Mahoney said people believe that Dowling is a conservative.

“Well not paying your mortgage bill on your home doesn’t seem conservative to me,” he said. “It sounds like you’re trying to put a debt on the people who invested in the bank.”

The Uniontown businessman said that he never considered a political career as part of his future until later in life.

Mahoney traced his entry into the political arena at the age of 50 to somewhat of a a “midlife crisis” that came when his oldest son, Tim Mahoney Jr., began managing his businesses.

“I didn’t know what career I really wanted (then),” Mahoney said. “I think that I was the right person at the right time. It wasn’t about a title – I never dreamed about being a politician when I was younger.

“I’ve owned 28 taverns, bars and restaurants. I’ve built over 100 houses, and I have 150 rental properties. I couldn’t see myself sitting on a back porch,” he added.

His father, James Mahoney, a Republican, was chief of police in Uniontown for 30 years.

“He always taught us – and there were seven children in my family – that you weren’t any better than other people and you needed to help them,” he said.

His conversion to the Democratic Party came as a result of his early work as a coal miner.

The life experience also resonated during this year’s Presidential campaign when he confronted Bill Clinton on Hillary’s infamous remark that she would, “Put a lot of coal miners out of work,” over pollution issues.

“I started in the coal mine,” Mahoney said. “ I was trapped for four hours once. We had to walk out in water up to our noses. That’s what changed my mind about the coal mines.”

Mahoney said he became a Democrati when Hillary made the statement about the coal miners.

“That really did it around here,” he said. “I think that was her downfall in Pennsylvania. I told her husband (Bill) that when I met him at Meloni’s Restaurant in Uniontown. He said that he didn’t know why she made the statement. That man’s a politician – he could fit in anywhere.”

Mahoney said that his biggest personal regret is that, “I feel sorry that I can’t help people like I have been able to. That’s the sadness of the whole thing. … I enjoyed the 10 years.

“When you’re able to help somebody, that’s the satisfying part,” he added. “For example, telling an 80-year-old woman that she’s eligible for heating assistance, someone who didn’t even know that they were qualified.”

However, Mahoney said he did miss major family events while he was in office.

“Five grandchildren were born in the last five years. But my family understands,” he said.

Asked about his accomplishment in office, Mahoney quickly cited the Open Records law and the Castle Doctrine.

His biggest political regret was not making progress on property tax reform that he believed would have been possible by adopting a system similar to Maryland’s school district consolidation.

Mahoney claims that applying the Maryland system to Fayette County would have resulted in a $50 million annual savings to taxpayers and would have improved schools.

“My one regret is that we didn’t get tax relief in Fayette County,” Mahoney said. “We need to get rid of these imaginary power lines – the school boards where everybody wants their little niche of power.

“I’ve met school board members who have their grandchild hired – the only problem is that the grandchild hasn’t been born yet. We’re not being fair to our school teachers, to our property owners or our kids.”

Will Mahoney consider running for political office in the future?

“I don’t know if I’ll go back into politics. I’ll leave the door open,” he replied. “A lot of those people in Harrisburg get a title, and they think that they are above people. With me it’s what you see is what you get.

“I never went to the galas – I was a hands-on person. Sometimes you feel like you’re beating your head against the wall and you wonder what will break first – your head or the wall,” he added.

Mahoney said Fayette County is always among the last in the state to receive funding.

“Coming from the East End of (Uniontown) … I’ve had friends who are on the bottom and have had trouble with the law. Then, I have good friends who are billionaires.

“That’s the problem in Harrisburg. I think it’s just like Washington, D.C.,” he added. “People have different reasons why they are there. They are there for a job and for a paycheck but not for the right reasons. “

Mahoney said he wishes everyone would step into politics at the age of 50.

“That’s when you’ve learned the life values. Then you serve ten or fifteen years and get out,” he said.

Despite rumors to the contrary, the Mahoney family’s annual free Christmas dinner to the needy will continue to go on now that he is no longer in office.

“I will continue the Christmas dinner,“ he said. “That was one of the most gratifying things – it may be one of the most important things I started.

“Giving the needy a meal or just a place to go on Christmas day for people who didn’t want to be alone is very gratifying. My whole family has become involved.

“People want to donate to the dinner now and that’s OK. But I’m not financially distraught. I’m fortunate enough to be able to do it,” he added.

“Now other people want to step in and help so we’ll make it larger and better. I’m grateful to Hartsek Catering, too, because I’m no cook,” Mahoney laughed.

Franklin LaCava is a staff reporter for The Daily Courier and may be reached at flacava@dailycourier.com or (724) 628-2000 ext 116.

Candidate Exit Releases

Mahoney: Proud of 10 years of public service in the 51st Legislative District

Rep. Timothy S. Mahoney    November 22, 2016

When I was first elected to the state House in 2006, it was out of a deep-seated desire to do good for the people of the 51st Legislative District, Fayette County and the state of Pennsylvania.

I knew then that I was not the fanciest-talking elected official – nor would I ever be. But I was a straight shooter who believed that the people deserved better. From my early success as prime sponsor of the House version of an updated Open Records Law, which for the first time included the state legislature, to the recent announcement of a $1.5 million state grant to help fund expansion of the Boeing plant in Georges Township – and thousands of things, large and small, in between – I am proud of my 10-year track record as a state representative.

My time in this position ends this month, following the results of the Nov. 8 election where voters in the 51st District, which now includes part of western Somerset County, chose to go in a different direction, just as they did back in 2006 when they elected me.

I respect their decision and wish my successor good luck. We still face a lot of challenges in Fayette and Somerset counties, such as job creation, eliminating suffocating school property taxes, combating a heroin and opioid abuse epidemic that I was among the first to warn about, and obtaining a satisfactory level of police protection.

While I have worked tirelessly to achieve those goals, one quickly discovers that the wheels of Harrisburg – much like the proverbial wheels of justice – often grind slowly. In many cases, they grind way too slowly for a guy like me, who wants to get things done quickly even if it means upending and upsetting the status quo. For the past decade, for better or worse, I have told it as I saw it, with no sugar coating or sidestepping.

Am I disappointed that my idea to consolidate the administrations of Fayette County’s public school districts, at a potential savings of up to $60 million, was never seriously considered by local school boards who regularly raise your property taxes? You bet I am.

Am I proud that I was one of 13 House Democrats who voted with Republicans to end last year’s nine-month state budget impasse, so our schools and social services finally could be funded, without raising income or sales taxes despite intense lobbying from my own party to do so? You bet I am.

And do I believe that my constituents in the 51st Legislative District, whether they supported me or not, deserve top-shelf service when seeking help from state programs and agencies? You bet I do – and that’s why I stood up to the governor when he tried to make those services more difficult to obtain through the offices of several legislators, including mine, after our anti-tax budget votes. That’s called having a backbone.

I know what my legislative record was and remain confident that it will pass the test of time, rising above whatever distortions and fabrications were purposely pasted over it in the past few months.

As I exit public office to return to the private sector, which was always part of my plan, I take comfort in knowing that for the past 10 years, my legislative staff and I have done our best to provide constituent services, obtain funding for worthy projects, put new ideas on the table and fight for what we thought was right.

election results

Dowling unofficially edges Mahoney out in 51st District race

Mike Tony mtony@heraldstandard.com Updated 8 hrs ago


Republican challenger Matthew Dowling of Uniontown appears to have unseated the incumbent serving the 51st Legislative District in the state House of Representatives.

The unofficial tally from Tuesday’s general election showed Dowling with a relatively narrow victory over incumbent Democrat state Rep. Tim Mahoney,D/South Union Township, who was seeking a sixth term.

With 61 of Fayette County’s 80 precincts and 66 of Somerset County’s 68 districts reporting, Dowling had 8,096 votes to Mahoney’s 6,825 votes, giving Dowling approximately 54.26 percent of the vote.

Mahoney held a narrow 5,598 to 5,349 lead in Fayette County votes but Dowling held a more than 2­ to­1 margin over Mahoney in Somerset County votes. The number one issue we heard about was the drug epidemic in this area,” Dowling said, citing the apparent success of his campaign to listening to the needs of voters.

Mahoney said he was not conceding shortly before 11 p.m., but said he anticipated losing.

“I liked helping people,” Mahoney said, saying he saw his tenure as 10 years of community service and noted he will be turning 60 years old soon.

“What I’m trying to say is I’m not sorry I lost, but I’m not happy.”

The 51st District includes the city of Uniontown; Georges, German, Henry Clay, Nicholson, South Union, Springfield, Springhill, Stewart and Whartontownships; and Fairchance, Markleysburg, Ohiopyle, Point Marion and Smithfield boroughs in Fayette County.

It also includes Addison, Elk Lick, Lower Turkeyfoot, Summit and Upper Turkeyfoot townships and the boroughs of Addison, Confluence, Garrett, Meyersdale, Salisbury and Ursina, in Somerset County.

At a forum hosted by the Herald-­Standard, Greene County Messenger and the Mon Valley Herald­Standard in conjunction with the Fayette Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 14, Dowling questioned Mahoney’s focus on school district administration consolidation, arguing that consolidationwould only work for parts of the 51st Legislative District.

Dowling called for pension reform at the same forum and said Mahoney had been part of the issue of not allowing the state to come to a bipartisan solution on the budget last year.

Mahoney repeatedly advocated for school district administration consolidation, which he has pitched locally and statewide for much of his time as state representative.

“I’m just sorry I didn’t get the school consolidation done,” Mahoney said Tuesday night.

Mahoney advocated for more funding for education about drugs and recovery programs at the forum and made several attempts todistance himself from Gov. Tom Wolf, noting that he was one of 13 House Democrats that voted for the Republican­backed $6.6 billion supplemental

2015­16 budget which Wolf allowed to become law without his signature in March, ending a nine­month long budget impasse which hampered social services and schools.

Mahoney was first elected as state representative in 2006, succeeding Larry Roberts, also a Democrat.

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State House Election Results (11:30 PM)

49th District:

  1. Donald”Bud” Cook (R)- 13, 354- 54.26%
  2. Alan Benyak (D)- 11,259- 45.74%

50th District:

  1. Pam Snyder (D)- 10,875 – 52.72%
  2. Betsy Rohanna-McClure (R)- 9,7 54- 47.28%

51st District:

  1. Matthew Dowling (R)- 8,090- 54.26%
  2. Tim Mahoney (D) – 6,825- 45.74%

52nd District:

  1. Ryan Warner (R) – 11,772- 64.62%
  2. James Mari (D)- 6,446 – 35.38%
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Election pits Warner against Mari, Mahoney against Dowling

BY TONY SONITA, CONNELLSVILLE DAILY COURIER

Voters heading to the polls on Tuesday also have several local elections in which to cast their votes.

In the race for the 52nd District’s seat, Republican incumbent Ryan Warner (Perryopolis) is facing Democrat James Mari (North Union Township).

Mari is North Union Township’s tax collector. He and his wife, Tracy, have two children, Rachel and Michael.

During his primary race against Lloyd Williams, Mari told The Daily Courier that he had hopes to fix some of the problems facing the district.

“Property taxes are too high for people to pay, especially the elderly on a fixed income. Drugs are tearing our families apart. Politicians in Harrisburg care more about stopping someone else’s plan than offering solution of their own,” he said. “I want to work to fix these problems and be a true representative of everyone in the 52nd district.”

Mari said his goals if elected are to work with state and local government officials to “bring manufacturing jobs that pay a living wage.”

“There are too many people elected to office today that forget why they are there. You are there to be a representative of your district,” Mari said. “That being said, we need to find ways to overcome the partisan road blocks that are controlling state government.”

Mari’s opponent, Warner, told the Courier that he believes that the major issue facing the area is jobs.

“Maintaining the jobs we have, and attracting new employers to our region must be our top priority. We need to look towards the jobs of the future, but we must also ensure domestic energy jobs are able to effectively compete in the world marketplace,” Warner said. “I am supporting and promoting policies that encourage job creators to remain in our region, and new employers to come here. We have a work force that is second to none in Fayette and Westmoreland counties. However, it is common sense that if we have higher taxes, more burdensome and onerous regulations and more hurdles to jump over than other states, companies will take their jobs elsewhere.”

Warner addressed the ongoing opioid crisis plaguing the area.

“During my first term as state representative, I’ve worked hard with like-minded legislators and local community leaders to try to address this issue from the roots of the problem,” he said. “First, we must be tough on the harden drug dealers preying on local residents and put them behind bars. That’s part of the solution that we need to take back our streets.”

Next door in the 51st district, incumbent Democrat Tim Mahoney (Uniontown) is facing Republican Matt Dowling (Uniontown).

Mahoney’s focus during his tenure as state representative has been education and youth. In a recent press release, Mahoney announced that he had worked to help Albert Gallatin and Uniontown school district to receive $25,000 in grants for security cameras.

“All students deserve to learn in a safe, secure environment, and these state funds help ensure that the sanctity of the educational experience in our public schools is preserved,” he said.

Mahoney has also been a vocal supporter of the idea of creating a countywide school district. Additionally, he discussed opioid abuse issues.

“We all know this problem has gotten bigger and bigger, and it’s reached crisis proportions, not just in Fayette and Somerset counties, but throughout the commonwealth,” Mahoney said in an October press release. We also know the standard 30-day treatment approach isn’t sufficient time to help people kick the habit.”

Dowling’s platform also focuses on education and opioid abuse.

“I have two children, a three-year old and a four-year-old, I hope the education they receive affords them the same opportunity I had to return to our community after school, and to live and thrive in our region,” he said. “That said, educational funding needs to become a priority and with that we have to focus on pension reform.”

Dowling said he believes that the drug epidemic is one of the biggest issues the area faces, along with the need for jobs.

“Combating the opioid and heroin epidemic will take a comprehensive approach. That means helping local law enforcement get the resources they need to deal with drug crime as well as procure and utilize Narcan. It means working with healthcare providers to ensure that the opioids being prescribed are truly necessary, to find alternative treatment options, and strictly penalizing doctors who are found guilty of wrongly prescribing these drugs,” he said.

“Finally, we must bring together our schools and drug addiction and treatment specialists to help prevent drug use in the first place.”

Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 8 p.m.

Tony Sonita is a Daily Courier staff writer. He can be reached at 724-628-2000, ext. 111, or at tsonita@dailycourier.com.

Editorial Board Endorsement

51st District H-S Editorial Board Endorsement 

The race for the 51st District of the state House of Representatives is a classic showdown.

On the one side is veteran lawmaker, Tim Mahoney, D-South Union Township, who is seeking his sixth term in the state Legislature.

On the other side is a newcomer, Matthew Dowling, R-Uniontown, who is making his first run for public office.

Mahoney touts his record in office and his outreach efforts to help people in need of assistance in dealing with state government. Dowling said his experience as a small-business owner will help put him in good stead as a lawmaker.

During a forum held earlier this month with the two candidates, Mahoney appeared to have a good grasp of the issues, although for him, everything somehow tied into his favorite issue of school consolidation. Mahoney has come up with a plan to consolidate the administrations of the school districts in Fayette County. He said it would save taxpayers money as well as allowing more money to be spent on the education of students in the county.

Mahoney said that improving the county’s education system is crucial for the overall betterment of Fayette County’s economy, noting the county will continue to lose population until that happens.

Dowling said he believes the only way to improve the county’s school system is through pension reform. He said the spiraling cost of pensions is draining money that should be used for the education of the county’s students.

While they have their differences on the education issue and other various problems facing the commonwealth, both candidates have a proven track record of community service.

Mahoney sponsors annual senior and veterans information and health fairs and holiday food drives. He also contributes to annual Christmas dinners for the needy and college scholarships for one high school student in each school district within his legislative district.

Dowling founded the annual “Share the Spirit” event, which raises funds for local nonprofit agencies. The initiative is done in partnership with the Community Foundation of Fayette. He also served for a year as district governor for Rotary International.

There was strong support on the board for both candidates. Mahoney was praised for being accessible and for being independent, especially in standing up to Gov. Wolf on the budget last year.

Dowling was praised for his intelligence and hard work in becoming familiar with all the topics discussed at the forum. He also has seems to be working well with local Republican lawmakers, state Sen. Pat Stefano, R-Bullskin Township, and state Rep. Ryan Warner, R-Perryopolis. No matter the outcome of this election, he appears to have a bright future in politics at some level.

In the end, the board endorsed Mahoney, noting with his tenure on the job he’s better positioned than a newcomer like Dowling to help residents of the 51st District.

However, the endorsement came with a caveat that Mahoney should drop his plans for school consolidation unless he can find a way to make it happen quickly. He’s been working on the plan for several years without success. If this fight can’t be won, then it’s time to move on. There are other pressing problems that also need to be dealt with.

The 51st Legislative District includes the City of Uniontown, Georges, German, Henry Clay, Nicholson, South Union, Springfield, Springhill, Stewart and Wharton townships and Fairchance, Markleysburg, Ohiopyle, Point Marion and Smithfield boroughs in Fayette County along with Addison, Elk Lick, Lower Turkeyfoot, Summit and Upper Turkeyfoot townships and the boroughs of Addison, Confluence, Garrett, Meyersdale, Salisbury and Ursina, in Somerset County. The salary for the position is $85,339.