Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Political Newcomer Takes on State House Veteran

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Political Newcomer Takes on State House Veteran

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Sean Watson, 34, a Republican from East Deer, has nothing bad to say about the man he is challenging for the position as representative of the state's 33rd Legislative District.

While acknowledging that his is an uphill battle against Frank Dermody - who has 24 years' tenure and has been the state House Democratic leader for four years - Mr. Watson said he doesn't see himself so much as running against Mr. Dermody as running for himself and the communities that make up the district.

"I have nothing against [Mr. Dermody.] I'm putting myself out there to the voters as a volunteer, interested in public service. I'm running for me and for my neighbors and the district," Mr. Watson said.

Mr. Watson said he thinks the "tipping point" has been reached in the district and a new voice - his voice - should be heard in Harrisburg.

A political newcomer who never has run before, Mr. Watson said he'll bring to the table life skills that can serve Pennsylvania well.

The owner of Sustain-Able Matters, a small business he operates out of his house, Mr. Watson said he markets high-performing sustainable materials for commercial and residential construction. As part of the work, he must bring about consensus among architects, designers, and general contractors, each with different ideas, time frames, budgets and goals for any given project.

A 1998 graduate of Burrell High School and a 2003 graduate of Clarion University with a bachelor's degree in marketing, he said his middle-class upbringing reflects a self-discipline and budget- mindedness that Harrisburg needs.

"Rep. Dermody has risen up the ladder of his own political party and that's fine. But, I want to represent both parties and not be part of the political game. My message is that I'll represent the entire constituency and have respect for all political parties and for opposing points of view," he said.

He says he'll be cool under pressure - and he has an audio recording to prove it. His wife, Nicole, went into precipitous labor with their third child, Truly Grace, and he was called upon to deliver the baby himself in their bathroom while awaiting the arrival of a midwife. …

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