"This campaign isn't about me. It's about giving the Working and Middle Class (because you built this country) a voice again in Washington, about how your zip code shouldn't dictate the quality of your education; about how working multiple part-time jobs just to get by isn't the American dream you were promised; and about how no single person should ever have to go bankrupt to ensure that their child, parent or loved one, receives the medical care that would save their lives. We need someone who will work with local municipalities to develop an environment that will attract and keep businesses that will place us on the cutting edge of the next economic boom; supports legislation that protects the benefits you’ve worked your entire life for; believes in finding common sense ways to end gun violence while holding true to the 2nd Amendment; ensuring that educators are paid fair and modern wages; and always put Western Pennsylvania above party, partisanship, and personal gain. Above all else, the citizens of Western Pennsylvania deserve representation that will stand up on your behalf and fight for your rights.
"Built by the Working Class" isn't just a campaign tagline, it's the embodiment of my life. I was raised in a single parent home in Sharon under the shadow of the old Westinghouse building, walking past abandoned homes and businesses on my way to and from school. My grandfather was a union trackman for Conrail, before retiring early in order to help raise me after my parent’s divorce, while my dad worked over 70 hours most weeks as a non-union carpenter. As I grew up, I came to fall in love with the Western Pennsylvania lifestyle and my fingerprints are all over the region. I went to Graduate School and spent countless hours fishing in Erie, have worked for several years in New Castle and Lawrence County, have spent considerable time in Greenville and Jamestown, saved my cousin from falling out of the Blue Streak at Conneaut Lake Park, have been buried in snow in Edinboro, rolled coal up 846 from South Pymatuning to Transfer, played baseball for the New Hamburg Hounds in the Mercer-Crawford County AA League, walked the Shenango Valley mall in Hermitage, eaten grapes straight from the vine in North East, admired the PennDot Road Sign Sculpture Garden in Meadville, thrown bread to the fish at the Linesville Spillway, walked the Butler County Community College (BC3) campus in Butler, shopped at the outlets in Grove City, and attended festivals in Volant. This district has shaped who I am, and I’m more than proud of it.
Of the 535 Senators and Representatives in Washington, Mike Kelly is the 44th most wealthy. He votes to make sure folks like himself pay less in taxes, introduces legislation to increase his personal business's profits, and wants to take away your benefits while making you pay for his. He supports his party's agenda 96% of the time even when it hurts Western Pennsylvania. Kelly's values aren't yours, and they certainly aren’t mine. His leadership is stifling the growth in our home, and our district needs someone in Washington that actually cares about the well-being and progress of our communities. That's why I'm running to represent you. Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about me, my beliefs, and I appreciate your support!" -ED
Edward's values are Rust Belt, Middle and Working Class values, and he understands the challenges you face every day because he does too. Life goals, such as, owning your home; sending your kids to college; being able to get ahead and save; even down to making the decision on which bill to put off so the kids can get new shoes for school. Edward has sat at your table, and had the same discussions with his family as you've had with yours. He will fight for you every day, to rebuild the Working and Middle Class, and restore Western Pennsylvania’s place at the forefront of the discussion in Washington.