State Rep. Rob Matzie endorses Beth Tarasi in 12th Congressional District Democratic primary


Beaver County Times

State Rep. Rob Matzie has waded into the 12th Congressional District Democratic primary by endorsing Sewickley attorney Beth Tarasi.

“I have personally known Beth and her family for some time and know she is prepared to fight for what’s right, including protecting and improving Social Security and Medicare,” Matzie, D-16, Ambridge, said in a statement released by Tarasi’s campaign.

“She will stand up for what is fair and do what works to bring southwestern Pennsylvania common sense to Congress,” he said.

The primary election is on May 15. Whoever wins the nomination will challenge U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-12, Sewickley, in the November general election.

Besides Tarasi, the other Democratic candidates are Tom Prigg of McCandless Township, a brain research associate for Carnegie Mellon University; Aaron Anthony of Shaler Township, a University of Pittsburgh doctoral student and former Shaler Area School District teacher; and Ray Linsenmayer, a McCandless resident and local Democratic organizer, who has worked in corporate financing and on renewable energy projects for the Pentagon.

The 12th District includes Beaver County, southern Lawrence County, Allegheny County’s North Hills and parts of Cambria, Somerset and Westmoreland counties.

However, this year’s congressional elections were thrown into chaos recently when the Democratic-majority state Supreme Court tossed out Pennsylvania’s congressional district map, saying it was gerrymandered and unfairly gave Republicans an advantage. In its 4-3 ruling, the court ordered the Legislature to draw a new map for Gov. Tom Wolf to approve by Feb. 15.

If the Legislature did not submit a map that Wolf, a Democratic, would approve, the court said it would draw one and implement it for the primary.

Republican legislative leaders first asked the state Supreme Court to stay its ruling, but that request was denied so they have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block the order. Those who fought to have the current map negated have argued that it is a state issue and the U.S. Supreme Court has no standing to intervene.


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