Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

3 Gop Candidates Seek Nomination to Challenge10th District Incumbent

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

3 Gop Candidates Seek Nomination to Challenge10th District Incumbent

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State Rep. Jaret Gibbons of Franklin, Beaver County, faces no opposition in the Democratic primary for the 10th District House seat he has held since 2007.

On the Republican side, however, three candidates are vying for the nomination and the chance to face Mr. Gibbons in the November general election: Aaron Bernstine of New Beaver, Lawrence County; Cliff Glovier of Beaver Falls, Beaver County; and Dawnlynn Valli of North Sewickley, Beaver County.

The 10th District covers parts of Beaver, Lawrence and Butler counties. Voter registration is 49 percent Democrat and 37 percent Republican.

"I think people in the district are aware I am not a traditional Democrat," said Mr. Gibbons, 35, who describes himself as "pro-life and pro-Second Amendment. I am a social conservative in what has been a conservative Democratic area."

Mr. Bernstine, 31, said he is a "conservative Republican" who is "pro-life and pro-Second Amendment." He is critical of politicians of both parties who are "ineffective" and who "fail to accomplish anything."

"The unprecedented budget gridlock and continuing ethics scandals in Harrisburg are an insult," he said.

Mr. Bernstine is a businessman who raises cattle and other animals on a 107-acre farm with his wife.He quit a full-time job with ADP to run for the Legislature.

After spending hours knocking on doors in his campaign, he said, "people are angry. They are concerned about jobs and income. We need to create more opportunity for the middle class."

If elected, Mr. Bernstine said, he would decline to use a taxpayer-leased vehicle, would opt out of the state pension system and reject the unvouchered $157 per diem pay state lawmakers receive in addition to their $84,012 annual salary.

He has a bachelor's degree in business management from Penn State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He and his wife, Ila, have one child.

Mr. Glovier, 61, said he is running for office for the same reason that he has worked for the past 25 years in the nonprofit world: "I enjoy serving people."

He is manager of the Heritage Valley Sewickley Foundation and Heritage Valley Beaver Foundation - fundraising organizations for Heritage Valley Health System. He earlier worked at Geneva College for 11 years.

"An elected position is a much bigger service area. I see it as a natural extension of my service," Mr. Glovier said.

"My biggest concern is that the state be fiscally responsible. In today's economic climate, families and nonprofits have to make hard decisions to make ends meet. Our government should do the same."

"The difference between me and the other candidates is experience," said Mr. Glovier, who believes he has more.

He describes himself as pro-life. "I am surprised how often pro- life comes up as an important issue in this district," he said. …

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