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Three Seek Chance to Represent 35th District

By Jason Togyer
The Tube City Almanac
February 05, 2023
Posted in: Politics & Elections

The 35th Legislative District seat has been vacant since December, after former state Rep. Austin Davis of McKeesport won election as Pennsylvania’s first Black lieutenant governor.

Two endorsed candidates and an independent write-in candidate are vying to replace Davis in a special election to be held this Tuesday (Feb. 7). We asked freelance writer Elizabeth Laughlin to interview each of them.

In alphabetical order by last name, they are:

Matt Gergely is the finance director for the City of McKeesport. He previously served in a similar capacity for the McKeesport Area School Board, and as McKeesport’s city administrator. This is his first run for elected office. He is the endorsed Democratic candidate.

Tube City Almanac’s story | Candidate’s website: www.facebook.com/TeamGergely

Don Nevills is a business owner from Clairton and a retired chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy. He has served as a member of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Clairton and on the Clairton Municipal Authority Board. Nevills previously challenged Davis as a write-in candidate. He is the endorsed Republican candidate.

Tube City Almanac’s storyCandidate’s website: www.electdonnevills.com

Paul Shelly Jr. is the owner of Paul Shelly Restorations, a home-remodeling company in McKeesport. He previously served as a McKeesport city councilman and was a volunteer on John Fetterman’s successful U.S. Senate campaign. Shelly is running as an independent write-in candidate.

Tube City Almanac’s story | Candidate’s website: www.facebook.com/paul.shelly

The 35th District includes the cities of Clairton, Duquesne and McKeesport; the boroughs of Homestead, Liberty, Lincoln, Munhall, Port Vue, Versailles, West Homestead, Whitaker and White Oak; a portion of West Mifflin borough; and South Versailles Twp. (Coulter).

All legally registered voters in those communities may vote in Tuesday’s special election. To find your polling place, visit the VotesPa website.

Originally published February 05, 2023.

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