Democrats in 33rd State House race agree abortion is now a hot topic midterm


The two Democrats seeking nomination for the State House seat in District 33 say they will fight to protect abortion rights in Pennsylvania.

Tristan McClelland21, a Harrison native who lives in O’Hara, is preparing to graduate this year from the University of Pittsburgh with a double major in economics and international business.

mandy steel44, is a small business owner, conservationist and member of the Fox Chapel Council.

Both agree abortion has become a major issue for the midterm elections after last week’s bombshell report that the US Supreme Court is set to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case. which protects access to abortion.

“I believe that if the court goes all the way, it will be up to every state legislator to protect a woman’s right to choose, and I intend to be one of them.” , McClelland said.

Steele said she “will do everything in my power as a representative to protect our vital right to reproductive freedom from day one in office.”

“We need female representatives more than ever,” she said.

The winner of the Democratic nomination in the May 17 primary will face the only Republican candidate, Ted Tomsonof Fawn in the general election in November.

The 33rd District is currently represented by Republican Carrie DelRosso of Oakmont, who is running for lieutenant governor.

Tristan McClelland

The labor market and representation are key issues on McClelland’s platform.

“The 33rd District is a steel town,” McClelland said. “Many years ago, the jobs provided by steel mills, mines and power plants brought economic prosperity to this region.

This is no longer the case since the effects of “free trade agreements, outsourcing and energy dependence on foreign powers have stripped this region of its economic independence”.

McClelland, backed by the AFL-CIO of Pennsylvania, said “we need to reinvigorate our infrastructure with state funding, and we need to protect the jobs that we have and also create more of them through small business incentives. and building our infrastructure”.

It will take a candidate with genuine working-class values ​​to bring prosperity back to the area, said McClelland, a fourth-generation Alle-Kiski Valley resident.

His great-grandfather was a steelworker who built railcars for Pullman Standard, and one of his grandfathers was an IBEW lineman who worked with the Allegheny-Fayette Central Labor Board. Her other grandfather was a teacher for more than three decades and one of her grandmothers was a union registered nurse at the former Citizens General Hospital in New Kensington.

“Alle-Kiski Valley is my story,” McClelland said.

While in high school at Fox Chapel Area School District, McClelland worked on a congressional campaign to unseat Republican Keith Rothfus. In 2019-20, he worked in the Real Estate Tax Department of the Office of Allegheny County Treasurer John Weinstein and then in the Armstrong County Office of Public Defenders.

He is currently a constituent services assistant to Pittsburgh City Councilman Anthony Coghill.

“I see how reps can have a tangible and meaningful impact in people’s daily lives,” McClelland said. “My experience of service, my passion for economic justice, and my experience growing up in these communities will allow me to fight for the entire AK Valley.”

Raised in the Natrona Heights section of Harrison, McClelland said when his hometown and current residence in O’Hara became part of the same House neighborhood with an available seat, he knew he “had to step up and educate workers and means the class needs that define this neighborhood.

If elected, McClelland said he would help protect the rights of workers to organize, seek environmental protections and rally for fair wages so that residents of the 33rd District have a basis. strong economy.

McClelland is also endorsed by the Pennsylvania American Federation of Teachers, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85, Ironworkers Local 3, United Mine Workers of America District 2, and Teamsters Joint Council 40.

mandy steel

Steele operates on a platform of safe schools, women’s rights, a union-strengthened economy, renewed infrastructure and renewable energy sources.

“We have a unique opportunity to generate investment and jobs in this district,” said Steele, who was elected to Fox Chapel Council in 2020.

“Hundreds of millions of dollars are about to flow into (Pennsylvania) through (President Joe) Biden’s infrastructure bill. This money has to go somewhere.

Steele is endorsed by the Allegheny County Democratic Committee.

Raised in O’Hara, she lives in Fox Chapel, where she serves as chair of the borough’s Comprehensive Planning Committee. Steele also co-founded the Fox Chapel Parks Conservancy, which works to protect and expand the borough’s green spaces.

“As a longtime resident of this district, I know that southwestern Pennsylvania is well positioned to be the clean energy manufacturing hub of this country,” Steele said. “Clean energy jobs will transform our communities and restore our once vibrant region.

“I know what it will take and I have the experience to drive this investment right here. We cannot miss this incredible moment in our history.

Steele championed environmental protection even before she was elected to the council.

In 2021, she led a campaign in Allegheny County that led to the banning of toxic coal tar (driveway sealer) in 21 municipalities.

Her bipartisan efforts have impacted the entire region with cleaner air and water, she said.

Steele is also the founder of a non-profit organization that oversees a goat-breeding program in West Africa to fund school fees for poor girls.

The 33rd District deserves a “tested and loyal advocate for our people” who understands the complexities of the enormous opportunity at hand, she said.

“Effective reps must be able to listen and collaborate — skills that are honed through years of dedication and hard work and learned through life experiences,” she said.

Steele’s work in the Lower Valley began years ago when she helped rally a movement to remove the “squaw,” a historic slur against Native American women, from local roads, trails and streams. His effort was to contact experts across the country to find out how best to replace the name, including those from the National Congress of American Indians and the Seneca Nation, a tribe with roots in the area.

A successful campaign renamed a major thoroughfare through the borough Hemlock Hollow Road, and now federal officials are removing the word from across the country.

Steele also worked to have Fox Chapel become one of the first municipalities in the state to power its borough buildings with solar energy.

She believes the region’s most pressing issues include climate change, underfunded public schools, inflation and rising health care costs.

Steele is also endorsed by Allegheny County Young Democrats, Steel City Stonewall Democrats, Represent the Palestinian Authority, Pittsburgh Teachers’ Federation and Clean Water Action.

Tawnya Panizzi is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Tawnya at 724-226-7726, [email protected] or via Twitter .


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