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Four Republican legislators from Westmoreland County announced Monday their joint candidacy for their respective seats.
Representatives George Dunbar, Eric Nelson, Mike Reese and Senator Kim Ward are seeking re-election.
Dunbar, 59, from Penn Township, represents the 56th district, which includes Penn Township, North Huntingdon, Trafford, Irwin, Manor, and North Irwin. He was first elected in 2010.
Auditor Dunbar is a member of the leadership of the Budget Committee of Parliament and has been involved in the preparation of national budgets.
"Making results-based measurements already benefits taxpayers, as evidenced by the budget surplus of the last fiscal year," he said in a statement. "Taxpayers can feel confident that I will give them a strong voice as a member of the Budget Committee and the Performance Budget Committee during the Westmoreland County budgetary process."
Nelson, 50, from Hempfield represents the 57th District, which includes Delmont, Greensburg, South Greensburg, Southwest Greensburg, Youngwood, New Stanton, Hunker and parts of Salem and Hempfield. He won a special election in 2016 to occupy a vacant seat.
Nelson is a retired navy who said he would support citizens 'rights to arms, senior citizens' independence and abortion.
"As an entrepreneur, I felt the frustration of over taxing and introduced legislation to improve the competitive environment for small employers," he said in the statement. "As a husband and father of six children, I am proud of our success in fighting the opioid epidemic and will continue to work hard for the families."
Reese, 41, of Mt. Pleasant Township represents the 59th district, which includes Bolivar, Donegal and the Parish, Laurel Mountain, Ligonier and the Parish, New Florence, Seward, Cook, Fairfield, Mt. Pleasant Township, St. Clair and parts of Hempfield and Unity. He is in his sixth term and previously worked as a deputy director of financial management for Westmoreland County.
"When we ran for office, each of us committed to putting taxpayers in Harrisburg first, adopting common sense ideals that give priority to our families and protect the conservative values we both cherish "Reese said in the statement. "Bills that I have drafted, and which are now entering into force with government agencies, are designed to increase efficiency and support our commitment to the men and women who serve our country by supporting their families in their missions."
Ward, 63, from Hempfield, represents the 39th district, which includes Jeannette, Greensburg, Latrobe, Cook, Derry and the community, Donegal and the community, Fairfield, Hempfield and the community of Ligonier. Pleasant Township, North Huntingdon, Penn Township and Township, Salem, Sewickley, South Huntingdon, St Clair, Unit, Adamsburg, Arona, Bolivar, Delmont, Hunker, Irwin, Laurel Mountain, Madison, Manor, New Alexandria, New Florence, New Stanton , Northern Irwin, Seward, Smithton, South Greensburg, Southwest Greensburg, Sutersville, Trafford, West Newton, and Youngwood. She was first elected to the Senate in 2008 after previously working as a Hempfield Supervisor and Commissioner for Westmoreland County.
"As the first woman in the Senate and the first woman in the leadership of Westmoreland County, I'm in an excellent position to get things done, and so am I," Ward said in the statement. "The bills I sponsored, and which have been signed by law, range from protecting children to middle-income college grants to extend the benefits of law enforcement to subsidies for fire-fighters to fight deaths from overdose and communities with disease to help."
Renatta Signorini is a member of the Tribune Review. You can reach Renatta at 724-837-5374, [email protected] or via Twitter ,