Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pa. House Districts Democrats Should Nominate Gainey and Deasy

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pa. House Districts Democrats Should Nominate Gainey and Deasy

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Democratic voters in two districts of the state House of Representatives have easy choices to make in the May 20 primary. Incumbents Ed Gainey in the 24th District and Dan Deasy in the 27th District face only nominal challenges this spring, and no Republicans are on the ballot for the fall general election.

The 24th District represents Wilkinsburg and the city neighborhoods of Homewood, East Liberty, East Hills, Lincoln- Lemington, Larimer, North Point Breeze, Highland Park, Garfield and parts of Point Breeze and Stanton Heights.

Two years ago, voters in the Democratic primary were ready for change after decades of representation by Joe Preston, and they chose Mr. Gainey, 44, of Lincoln-Lemington. There's no reason next month to make another change.

Mr. Gainey's challengers should be familiar: Todd Elliott Koger, 52, has run for the seat four times, in addition to failed attempts to become mayor, a school board member and tax collector in Wilkinsburg, where he resides. William Anderson, 41, of Homewood, also ran for state representative four times and for Pittsburgh City Council. Although both men say they have been building name recognition by running, voters have rejected them each time, and there is nothing to recommend them now, especially given Mr. Gainey's promising first term.

He has been an active freshman, admittedly aware of the limitations of being in the minority party in a chamber led by Republicans. He was a strong proponent of the transportation funding bill, particularly cognizant of the need for mass transit, and he said he sent people door to door in the fight against a Republican- sponsored voter ID bill. …

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