Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

12th District State House Candidates Lay out Platforms

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

12th District State House Candidates Lay out Platforms

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Democratic voters in the Pennsylvania's 12th state House district were introduced Saturday to the two candidates who are vying for the chance to unseat GOP state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, who has served in the state House since 1999.

Daniel Smith Jr., of Adams, and Honora Rockar, of Cranberry, will face off in the May primary. They covered a bevy of issues during the Butler County Democratic Party's candidate forum, including abortion rights, marijuana legalization, illegal voting and opioids.

Ms. Rockar is an adjunct professor of information systems at Duquesne University. She has lived in Cranberry since 2004. As part of her platform, she wants to place an emphasis on technology investments, business development and creating a more accountable and responsible government.

Mr. Smith, who is a manager at BNY Mellon, said he ran because he feels Mr. Metcalfe has not properly represented his constituents. He said he wants to bring a new focus to the local issues facing the district such as infrastructure and education.

"The job of a representative is to represent everybody," Mr. Smith said. "His view is, ?If you didn't vote for me, you're not my constituent.'"

Mr. Metcalfe, one of the most conservative members of the GOP-controlled legislature, is known for his boisterous outbursts that sometimes go viral.

Last month, the Butler Republican posted his opinions about the Parkland High School shooting and referred to student activists in quotes, echoing a false theory that the teenagers were paid actors rather than students at the Florida school where 17 died in a mass shooting last month.

"I totally applaud the students in Florida for their ability and strength to be able to come and protest and get laws changed," said Ms. Rockar, who added that she would be in favor of legislation that bans the sale of automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines.

In December, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf asked GOP House leaders to demote Mr. Metcalfe for "offensive and discriminatory statements" he made during a meeting of the House State Government Committee, which he chairs. …

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