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June 11, 2014

Cambria Dems pick chairman

EBENSBURG — A longtime prominent figure in the local labor community has been selected as the Cambria County Democratic Party’s new chairman.

Frank C. Fantauzzo, an East Taylor Township resident, was elevated to the position by a unanimous voice vote during a committee meeting held Tuesday night at the Cambria County Courthouse in Ebensburg. Helen Whiteford was retained as vice chairwoman.

Fantauzzo and Whiteford, who were both unopposed, were selected for four-year terms.

“It’s a great honor for me to become the chairman of this party,” said Fantauzzo. “I’ve put a lot of years into it. I know what my tools are to bring this party together and build it up with the youth so we can have something for the future.”

Fantauzzo, a retiree, spent more than 30 years working for the AFL-CIO Appalachian Council.

He also has volunteered on numerous political campaigns.

“My connection with the labor movement is great,” said Fantauzzo. “We work together. I’ve worked on campaigns with the labor movement all my life. I have connections in there to get the vote out and talk to different candidates.”

The former Bethlehem Steel Corp. employee replaces outgoing Chairman Heath Long.

During his one four-year term, Long worked to bring younger members into the party committee, improve rallies and raise funds for candidates. He hopes leaving the post will provide him with more personal free time.

“It was time for me to spend the next couple years purely dedicated to my kids and family,” said Long, the first assistant in the district attorney’s office.

Long expects to remain active in the party, including helping with elections, such as this year’s local state house and U.S. House of Representatives races.

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

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