The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local News

April 24, 2014

9th District candidates battle for conservatives

INDIANA — All three Republican Party candidates in Pennsylvania’s 9th Congressional District race attempted to distinguish themselves as the person conservative enough to represent the state’s most conservative district in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday night.

U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Hollidaysburg, quickly mentioned his “conservative record” in opening remarks made during a forum hosted by the Indiana Armstrong Patriots at Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

Similarly, Travis Schooley identified himself as “the most constitutionally conservative man on this stage.”

Art Halvorson, a Bedford County resident, called for getting “authentic conservatives” into leadership positions.

The 9th is ranked as the most conservative district in Pennsylvania, according to the Cook Political Report 2014 Partisan Voting Index.

Reflective of that, the three candidates shared many similar views concerning their opposition to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, support of the Second Amendment and their belief in limited government.

But they differentiated themselves, too.

Shuster emphasized his political background, understanding of local issues and experience as the owner of a small business that regularly employed 30 or more workers.

“I think what separates me here is the broad knowledge of the district and the ability to connect with the people here because I’m from here, because I’ve raised my family here, I had a business here, and I’ve represented this area now for the past 12 years and I’m intimately involved with the local issues,” Shuster said.

Halvorson, a former member of the Coast Guard and businessman, called for a change in the GOP’s leadership on the federal level.

“I have a broad swath of experience. … I can bring that together in the form of leadership to actually solve some problems,” Halvorson said. “That’s not happening and it has to change, and if you continue to re-elect the same people over and over again, we’re going to get the status quo. We’re going to get excuses. We’re going to hear about things that we should be doing but never seem to get done.”

Schooley, a municipal projects coordinator and owner of a livestock business from Franklin County, touted his working-class background.

“What I offer here is a rare chance for people to elect a working man, a man who understands what it’s like to wonder if the transmission is going to break in your truck and if you’re going to be able to pay your next bill.

“I think, by and large, too many people in Washington, D.C., are cut from a different mold. They don’t understand that,” Schooley said.

Dave Sutor is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/Dave_Sutor.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • District Deaths July 31, 2014

    July 30, 2014

  • Smaller payout to seniors urged

    State Lottery officials say less means more for seniors.

    July 29, 2014

  • Portage ambulance aid will add portable CPR device, other tools

    Federal funding awarded to Portage Area Ambulance Association will soon put “a third man” alongside their two-person crews when emergencies occur, ambulance operations manager Edward Nelson said.

    July 29, 2014

  • paint_twp building Paint Township considers offering part of building for rent

    Four years after Paint Township built an addition at the Basin Drive building to house its growing police department, much of the new space likely will be offered for rent this fall because the township supervisors say it's no longer needed.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Old Rockwood hotel will soon be history

    The historic – but dilapidated – Merchants Hotel in Rockwood is expected to be razed soon.
    On Tuesday, Somerset County’s three commissioners unanimously agreed to a demolition plan for the building, which was constructed in the 1880s. The arrangement calls for a private citizen, William Nair, to tear down the structure at 703 Main St. in exchange for being allowed to keep any salvageable materials.

    July 29, 2014

  • Tribune Treasure!

    July 30, 2014

  • ATV blast ready to roll at Rock Run

    Organizers are keeping the spirit of the Fisher’s ATV Reunion at Rock Run Recreation Area alive despite losing the support of the award-winning Outdoor Channel TV show “Fisher’s ATV World.” Now called the Rock Run ATV Summer Blast, the event will continue to offer demonstration rides, motor competitions, product vendors, live music, camping and trail riding.

    July 29, 2014

  • Culvert 1 Preservationists use age-old method at historic site

    Preservation work on two historic culverts associated with the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site has been completed. The culverts were reconstructed using a variety of techniques, including dry stone masonry, which was used to build the culverts more than 180 years ago.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local briefs 7/30/2014

    July 29, 2014

  • Officer, civilian motorist injured in crash

    A Johnstown police officer who was responding to an emergency and one other driver were taken to the hospital after they were injured in a three-vehicle accident around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday on Railroad Street at the intersection with Clinton Street and Church Avenue.
    The Johnstown Fire Department said that the three occupants of the third vehicle were not injured.
     

    July 29, 2014

Poll

What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

     View Results
House Ads