The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

November 21, 2013

Local Rothfus challenger withdraws from GOP race

Dave Sutor

JOHNSTOWN — U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus of Sewickley no longer has a Republican Party challenger for the 2014 primary election.

Larry Stiles withdrew Thursday from the 12th district race, citing health concerns. The Johnstown resident, who is suffering from cancer, said the campaign was taking a toll on his stamina.

“It’s not a huge secret that displacing an incumbent in the House is incredibly difficult,” Stiles said in a written statement. “Compounding this challenge, I was targeting an incumbent of the same party in this primary. Even for a combat-tested Marine, this was a daunting undertaking.

“Despite the odds, I felt the incumbent’s lack of regard for the middle class, veterans, seniors and victims of natural disasters warranted my bid. Unfortunately, however, the big C is getting the better of me.

“I’m very sorry that I can no longer fight in this race but encourage the voters of western Pennsylvania to look closely at all of the candidates. Never has there been more of a need for reasonable, No Labels solutions to our district and nation’s problems.”

Two Democratic challengers re­main: Col. John Hugya of Jenner Township and Erin McClelland of Westmoreland County.

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