Pennsylvania's largest union is putting its weight behind Tom Wolf for governor.Also getting the AFL-CIO's nod was Dan Lavallee, who is campaigning for the third district seat held by retiring U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Butler.
After beating Matt Ryan in the primary for Pennsylvania’s third Congressional District, Dan LaVallee was officially endorsed by Ryan today. Ryan is a veteran who runs a small business in Cranberry Township.
LaVallee, a first-time candidate for public office, lives in Cranberry Township in Butler County. A former deputy director for America's Health Insurance Plans, LaVallee has criticized Kelly for supporting the government shutdown, opposing a hike in the minimum wage and supporting "bad trade deals."
Mike said, “I don’t have time to go out and glad hand (with voters)…” and that, “Representatives are doing good work (in Washington).” It is clear that Washington Mike has been inside the beltway for too long. Middle class families are struggling, and he thinks that Washington politicians are doing a good job.
The candidate challenging Republican Congressman Mike Kelly gets a big endorsement. Ironworkers Local Union Number Three is endorsing Democratic Dan Lavallee. 25-hundred members make up the union. Lavallee is the only person left on the democratic side to run against the incumbent. Union leadership says they made the endorsement because of Lavallee's commitment to working class values.
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"William Greer, executive vice president of the local, said in a statement: “Dan is someone who understands working Americans. We need more people like him in Congress - people who will protect jobs, not ship them overseas. We are excited to endorse a candidate of his caliber to represent the people of western Pennsylvania.” It is the third union endorsement for LaVallee, who is trying to unseat U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, of Butler, R-3rd Dist."
"First-time candidate Dan LaVallee announced the support of two prominent local labor unions. Last week, LaVallee received the backing of the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #12... Additionally, the Democratic candidate in PA-3 won the endorsement of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local #9 on Wednesday."
"William Greer, executive vice president of the local, said in a statement: “Dan is someone who understands working Americans. We need more people like him in Congress - people who will protect jobs, not ship them overseas. We are excited to endorse a candidate of his caliber to represent the people of western Pennsylvania.”"
"Dan LaVallee, the Democratic candidate for Congress in the 3rd District, has picked up another labor union endorsement... Dave Bernett, business manager for Sheet Metal Workers union, said in a statement that the laborers were ”proud to support and endorse Dan LaVallee for the 3rd Congressional District to represent and fight for working class people and our values.""
"Dan LaVallee... is the sole Democratic candidate running in the May 20 primary... He said that Pittsburgh and Youngstown are recovering economically, but Northwestern Pennsylvania is lagging behind. He said Kelly and other Republicans in Congress seem more interested in shutting the government down than advancing good economic policies. “We have plenty of opportunities for growth,” LaVallee said. He said the 3rd District needs new leadership."
"Dan LaVallee. The young candidate for the Democratic nomination in PA-3 just saw his path get a whole lot easier. While the field originally had three contenders, two dropped out leaving LaVallee with a clear path right to the general election against Rep. Mike Kelly. This will allow him to save resources for what will be an uphill battle against an incumbent..."
"Congressional candidate Dan LaVallee today received an endorsement from Steamfitters Local No. 449 and its nearly 1,500 members... He is the only Democrat in the race... “The working families of northwestern Pennsylvania have gone without a voice for far too long, and having the Steamfitters Local No. 449 endorsement is the first step in ensuring we are heard,” LaVallee said in a statement."
"Hailing from Cranberry Township, democrat Dan LaVallee is running for the 3rd congressional district seat, and Wednesday evening he stopped in Erie for a meet and greet at Calamari's Squid Row... LaVallee said tonight that job creation is a priority of his, and building up the northwestern Pennsylvania economy. "We have plenty of opportunities for growth," he started. "I believe we need new leadership, new energy in Washington to get our economy moving again.""
"Pennsylvania’s 3rd Congressional District just lost another Democratic challenger: veteran Matt Ryan... Which means that the lone Democratic challenger is the youthful Dan LaVallee, a Carnegie Mellon grad and a health insurance specialist. He is only 26 years old — a year above the minimum age requirement to run for a House seat. LaVallee will challenge Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Butler), who is looking to win the seat for the third consecutive time."
"Democratic challenger in PA-3 Rob Joswiak announced today that he was terminating his campaign... Veteran Matt Ryan and health insurance specialist Dan LaVallee remain in the Democratic primary."
Dan LaVallee of Cranberry Township has announced he is a candidate for the Third Congressional District seat. LaVallee, a Democrat, is seeking the post held by U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly of Butler. Kelly, a Republican, is in his second term.
Dan’s key focus is on economic and community development. His roots are very deep in Northwest Pennsylvania, and it hurts to see young people having to move away to find meaningful work or pay their student loans because the economy of many towns and districts continues to fall behind.
Dan LaVallee of Cranberry Township, Butler County, released a web video Friday announcing his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the 3rd Congressional District. Republican Mike Kelly of Butler is the district’s current representative. “I’m running for Congress because we need a new kind of leadership to get our economy moving again,” said LaVallee.
""I'm running for Congress because nearby cities are starting to recover," he said, referring to Pittsburgh and Youngstown, Ohio, "but most of northwest Pennsylvania is still falling behind... "We have opportunities for growth, but we're just not taking advantage of them," he said."
"LaVallee said in his announcement video that he wants to help improve the local economy by connecting universities to local businesses, investing in job training and improving the nation’s spending habits."
"Third Democrat joins race for Pa. 3rd Congressional District seat | TribLIVE LaVallee said in a statement that he would “offer new, energetic leadership in Congress and seize opportunities for economic growth by developing more partnerships between universities and businesses, investing in job training and tackling Washington's irresponsible and reckless spending habits."