NOTICE OF 2020 GENERAL ELECTION

In accordance with the provisions of the Pennsylvania Election Code notice is hereby given to the electors of Fayette County that a General Election will be held in
said county on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 between the hours of 7 A.M. and 8 P.M. prevailing time in the districts therein. The following offices are to be elected at
said election in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and in said county. The names of the candidates for election will appear on the ballot as follows:

President of the United States/Vice-President – Vote for One – (All Precincts within Fayette County)

  • Democratic – Joseph R. Biden
    Vice-President – Kamala D. Harris
  • Republican – Donald J. Trump
    Vice-President – Michael R. Pence
  • Libertarian – Jo Jorgensen
    Vice-President – Jeremy Spike Cohen

Attorney General — Vote for One – (All Precincts within Fayette County)

  • Democratic – Josh Shapiro
  • Republican – Heather Heidelbaugh
  • Libertarian – Daniel Wassmer
  • Green Party – Richard L. Weiss

Auditor General — Vote for One – (All Precincts within Fayette County)

  • Democratic – Nina Ahmad
  • Republican – Timothy DeFoor
  • Libertarian – Jennifer Moore
  • Green Party – Olivia Faison

State Treasurer — Vote for One – (All Precincts within Fayette County)

  • Democratic – Joe Torsella
  • Republican – Stacy L. Garrity
  • Libertarian – Joe Soloski
  • Green Party – Timothy Runkle

Representative in Congress – 14th Congressional District –Vote for One –

(All Precincts within Fayette County)

  • Democratic – Bill Marx
  • Republican – Guy Reschenthaler

Representative in The General Assembly — 49th Legislative District – Vote for One –

(Belle Vernon Borough, Fayette City Borough, Franklin Township, Jefferson Township, Newell Borough, Washington Township)

  • Democratic – Randy J. Barli
  • Republican – Bud Cook

Representative in The General Assembly — 50th Legislative District – Vote for One –

(Brownsville Borough, Brownsville Township, Luzerne Township, Masontown
Borough, Redstone Township)

  • Democratic – Pam Snyder
  • Republican – Larry Yost

Representative in The General Assembly — 51st Legislative District – Vote for One –

(Fairchance Borough, Georges Township, German Township, Henry Clay Township,
Markleysburg Borough, Nicholson Township, Ohiopyle Borough, Point Marion Borough, Smithfield Borough, South Union Township, Springfield Township,
Springhill Township, Stewart Township, Uniontown City, Wharton Twp)

  • Democratic – Kevin Jones
  • Republican – Matthew Dowling

Representative in The General Assembly — 52nd Legislative District – Vote for One –

(Bullskin Township, Connellsville City, Connellsville Township, Dawson Borough,
Dunbar Borough, Dunbar Township, Everson Borough, Lower Tyrone Township, Menallen Township, North Union Township, Perry Township, Perryopolis
Borough, Saltlick Township, South Connellsville Borough, Upper Tyrone Township, Vanderbilt Borough)

  • Democratic – Harry Young Cochran
  • Republican – Ryan Warner

POLLING PLACES INACCESSIBLE FOR THE ELDERLY AND HANDICAPPED

Elderly (65 and over) or handicapped voters assigned to inaccessible polling places can vote by Alternative Ballot. Application forms and information regarding

Alternative Ballots can be obtained at the Election Bureau. Applications for Alternative Ballots must be submitted to the Election Bureau no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. In case of an emergency, you can submit an Emergency Application for Alternative Ballot which must be received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Completed Alternative Ballots must be received by the Election Bureau no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

PUBLIC NOTICE

The County Board of Election will publicly commence the computation and canvassing of the returns of the votes cast at the General Election held Tuesday,
November 3, 2020 to begin at 9:00 a.m., prevailing time, Friday, November 6, 2020 and continue each day thereafter until all votes cast have been computed. The
Provisional Ballots cast will be examined on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 starting at 10:00 a.m. Both will be held at the Public Service Building, 22 East Main Street,
Uniontown, Pennsylvania.

POLLING PLACES (Polling places that are inaccessible to the elderly and handicapped, as per the Federal Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act, P.L. 98-435, are labeled inaccessible).

  • Belle Vernon Borough Belle Vernon Municipal Bldg & Fire Hall, Belle Vernon (temporary change)
  • Brownsville Township Brownsville Township Shed, Brownsville
  • Brownsville Borough, Ward 1 Southside Fire Station, Brownsville
  • Brownsville Borough, Ward 2 Northside Fire Station, Brownsville
  • Brownsville Borough, Ward 3 South Hills Terrace Community Room, Brownsville
  • Bullskin Township, District 1 Bullskin Township Elementary School, Connellsville
  • Bullskin Township, District 2 Wooddale Bible Brethren Church, Mount Pleasant
  • Bullskin Township, District 3 Bear Rocks Community Center, Acme
  • Connellsville City, Ward 1 Calvary Assembly of God, Connellsville
  • Connellsville City, Ward 2 Connellsville Senior Citizens Center, McCormick Avenue Entrance, Connellsville
  • Connellsville City, Ward 3 Greater Connellsville Community Center, Connellsville
  • Connellsville City, Ward 4 New Haven Hose Company Fire Station, Connellsville
  • Connellsville Township Connellsville Township VFD, Connellsville
  • Dawson Borough Dawson Borough Building, Dawson (inaccessible)
  • Dunbar Township, District 1 Joseph A. Hardy Connellsville Airport, Terminal Building, Lemont Furnace
  • Dunbar Township, District 2 Connellsville Alliance Church, Connellsville
  • Dunbar Borough Dunbar Borough Fire Department Social Hall, Dunbar
  • Everson Borough Everson VFD Social Hall, Everson
  • Fairchance Borough Fairchance Borough Building, Fairchance
  • Fayette City Borough First Christian Church Fellowship Hall, Fayette City
  • Franklin Township, District 1 Franklin Elementary School, Vanderbilt
  • Franklin Township, District 2 Smock Community Recreation & Heritage Center, Smock
  • Georges Township, District 1 Haydentown Community Center, Smithfield
  • Georges Township, District 2 Fayette County Vocational-Technical School, Uniontown
  • Georges Township, District 3 D. Ferd Swaney Elementary School, Uniontown
  • German Township, District 1 McClellandtown Firemanʼs Social Hall, McClellandtown
  • German Township, District 2 German Township Municipal Building, McClellandtown
  • German Township, District 3 Footedale Fire Hall, New Salem
  • German Township, District 4 Adah Fire Hall, Adah
  • Henry Clay Township Mountain Fellowship Center, Markleysburg
  • Jefferson Township Jefferson Township Municipal Building, Perryopolis
  • Lower Tyrone Township Brownfield Community Center, Dawson
  • Luzerne Township, District 1 Luzerne Township Municipal Building, Brownsville
  • Luzerne Township, District 2 Hiller VFD, Hiller
  • Luzerne Township, District 3 Labelle Fire House, Labelle
  • Luzerne Township, District 4 Allison #2 Fire Hall, Allison
  • Markleysburg Borough Mayorʼs Office, Markleysburg (inaccessible)
  • Masontown Borough St. Francis of Assisi (Former All Saints School) Rear Entrance, Masontown
  • Menallen Township, District 1 Keisterville Community Center, Keisterville
  • Menallen Township, District 2 Menallen Elementary School, Uniontown
  • Menallen Township, District 3 First Christian Church of New Salem, Uniontown
  • Newell Borough Newell Borough Building, Newell
  • Nicholson Township Nicholson Township Building, Smithfield
  • North Union Township, District 1 R. W. Clark Elementary School, Uniontown
  • North Union Township, District 2 George C. Marshall Elementary School, Uniontown
  • North Union Township, District 3 Hopwood Free Methodist Church, Hopwood
  • North Union Township, District 4 VFW Post 8543, Uniontown
  • North Union Township, District 5 Valley Sportsman Club, Uniontown
  • Ohiopyle Borough Ohiopyle-Stewart Community Center, Ohiopyle
  • Perry Township Perry Township Municipal Building, Star Junction
  • Perryopolis Borough Perryopolis Borough Building, Perryopolis
  • Point Marion Borough Old Scout Hall, Point Marion
  • Redstone Township, District 1 Republic Township Municipal Building, Grindstone
  • Redstone Township, District 2 Redstone Township Recreation Center, Republic
  • Redstone Township, District 3 Colonial #3 Athletic Club Office, Rowes Run, Grindstone
  • Redstone Township, District 4 Fairbank Rod & Gun Club, Fairbank
  • Saltlick Township Saltlick Township Municipal Building, Melcroft
  • Smithfield Borough Smithfield Borough Building, Smithfield
  • South Connellsville Borough South Connellsville Borough Building, South Connellsville
  • South Union Township, District 1 Laurel Highlands Middle School, Uniontown
  • South Union Township, District 2 Hatfield Elementary School, Uniontown
  • South Union Township, District 3 Hutchinson Elementary School, Uniontown
  • Springfield Township, District 1 Normalville Fire Hall, Normalville
  • Springfield Township, District 2 Springfield Municipal Building & Fire Hall, Mill Run
  • Springhill Township Appalachian Community Center, Smithfield
  • Stewart Township Stewart Township Building, Ohiopyle
  • Uniontown City, Ward 1 Fayette County Community Action Administration Building, Uniontown
  • Uniontown City, Ward 2 Uniontown City Hall Council Chambers, Uniontown
  • Uniontown City, Ward 3 Lafayette Middle School, Uniontown
  • Uniontown City, Ward 4 East End Community Center, Uniontown
  • Uniontown City, Ward 5 Uniontown Area High School, Wilson Avenue Entrance, Uniontown
  • Uniontown City, Ward 6 Mt. Vernon Towers Apartment Building, Uniontown
  • Uniontown City, Ward 7 Benjamin Franklin Elementary-Middle School, Uniontown
  • Upper Tyrone Township Upper Tyrone Township Municipal Building, Connellsville
  • Vanderbilt Borough American Legion Home, Vanderbilt
  • Washington Township Washington Township Municipal Building, Belle Vernon
  • Wharton Township Wharton Township Municipal Building, Farmington

County Board of Elections
Dave Lohr
Vincent A. Vicites
Scott Dunn

Chief Clerk
Amy Revak

November 3, 2020 General Election Unofficial Candidate List

President of the United States/Vice-President – Vote for One– All Precincts within Fayette County

  • Democratic – Joseph R. Biden
    Vice-President – Kamala D. Harris
  • Republican – Donald J. Trump
    Vice-President – Michael R. Pence
  • Libertarian – Jo Jorgensen
    Vice-President – Jeremy Spike Cohen

Attorney General — Vote for One– All Precincts within Fayette County

  • Democratic – Josh Shapiro
  • Republican – Heather Heidelbaugh
  • Libertarian – Daniel Wassmer
  • Green Party – Richard L. Weiss

Auditor General — Vote for One — All Precincts within Fayette County

  • Democratic – Nina Ahmad
  • Republican – Timothy DeFoor
  • Libertarian – Jennifer Moore
  • Green Party – Olivia Faison

State Treasurer — Vote for One — All Precincts within Fayette County

  • Democratic – Joe Torsella
  • Republican – Stacy L. Garrity
  • Libertarian – Joe Soloski
  • Green Party – Timothy Runkle

Representative in Congress – 14th Congressional District —

Vote for One—All Precincts within Fayette County

  • Democratic – Bill Marx
  • Republican – Guy Reschenthaler

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY –49th Legislative District

Vote for One–Belle Vernon Borough, Fayette City Borough, Franklin Township, Jefferson Township, Newell Borough, Washington Township

  • Democratic – Randy J. Barli
  • Republican – Bud Cook

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY– 50th Legislative District –

Vote for One –Brownsville Borough, Brownsville Township, Luzerne Township, Masontown Borough, Redstone Township

  • Democratic – Pam Snyder
  • Republican – Larry Yost

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY– 51st Legislative District –

Vote for One –Fairchance Borough, Georges Township, German Township, Henry Clay Township, Markleysburg Borough, Nicholson Township, Ohiopyle Borough, Point Marion Borough, Smithfield Borough, South Union Township, Springfield Township, Springhill Township, Stewart Township, Uniontown City, Wharton Twp

  • Democratic – Kevin Jones
  • Republican – Matthew Dowling

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY– 52nd Legislative District –

Vote for One –Bullskin Township, Connellsville City, Connellsville Township, Dawson Borough, Dunbar Borough, Dunbar Township, Everson Borough, Lower Tyrone Township, Menallen Township, North Union Township, Perry Township, Perryopolis Borough, Saltlick Township, South Connellsville Borough, Upper Tyrone Township,
Vanderbilt Borough

  • Democratic – Harry Young Cochran
  • Republican – Ryan Warner

JONES APPEARS TO WIN NOMINATION

THE COUNTING OF WRITE-IN BALLOTS IN THE PENNSYLVANIA 51ST LEGISLATIVE DISTRCT PRIMARY ELECTION HAS BEEN COMPLETED IN FAYETTE COUNTY, AND KEVIN JONES APPEARS TO BE THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE IN NOVEMBER, CAPTURING A TOTAL OF 728 VOTES IN FAYETTE COUNTY.

INCUMBENT REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MATT DOWLING, WHO STAGED A WRITE-IN CAMPAIGN TO BE THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE AS WELL, RECEIVED A TOTAL OF 549 VOTES.

THERE WERE 150 WRITE IN VOTES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN COUNTED IN SOMERSET COUNTY, THOSE NUMBERS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE BY MONDAY, JUNE 15TH, BUT EVEN IF DOWLING RECEIVED ALL 150 VOTES HE WOULD STILL BE TRAILING THE VOTE TOTAL THAT JONES ACCUMULATED IN FAYETTE COUNTY.

THE GENERAL ELECTION IS NOVEMBER 3.

Representative in the General Assembly – 51st Legislative District

For the 51st Legislative District, Matthew David Dowling secured the Republican Nod while it is uncertain it is likely that a write in campaign of Kevin D. Jones will put him on the Democratic side of the ticket in the fall.

Local races include one with incumbent facing no opposition, another with primary challenge

Pennsylvania’s 2020 primary election is less than 10 weeks away, and according to information on the Department of State’s database, all U.S. Congress and state legislative races in Fayette and Greene counties and the mid-Mon Valley portions of Washington and Westmoreland counties have both Democratic and Republican candidates.

Except one.

In the 51st Legislative District, comprised of parts of Fayette and Somerset counties, state Rep. Matt Dowling, R-Uniontown, faces no opposition in his quest for a third term, having defeated former state Rep. Tim Mahoney, D-South Union Township, in 2016 and 2018.

State Rep. Ryan Warner, R-Perryopolis, will seek a fourth term in the 52nd Legislative District, which consists of parts of Fayette and Westmoreland counties. Harry Young Cochran of Connellsville, a Democrat, filed paperwork to challenge him in the fall.

In the 49th Legislative District, incumbent state Rep. Bud Cook, R-West Pike Run Township, is seeking a third term but will face a primary challenge from fellow Republican Tony Bottino Jr. of Carroll Township. Democrat Randy Barli of Coal Center also filed.

State Rep. Pam Snyder, a Democrat from Morgan Township, is seeking a fifth term in the 50th Legislative District and appears poised to face Republican Larry W. Yost II of Dunkard Township in the fall. That district encompasses small parts of Fayette and Washington counties in addition to all of Greene County.

In the 14th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Peters Township, will have an autumn opponent in Democrat William A. Marx of Delmont. The district includes all of Fayette, Greene and Washington counties, plus much of Westmoreland County.

The primary is April 28.

 

Candidates for Congress and the Pennsylvania Legislature run for two-year terms.

Also on the ballot along with president and statewide row office are many candidates vying to be chosen as delegates or alternates to Democratic and Republican Party presidential nominating conventions.

 

April 28, 2020 General Primary Candidate List

President of the United States – Vote for One– All Precincts within Fayette County

Democratic

  • Bernie Sanders
  • Joseph R. Biden
  • Tulsi Gabbard
  • Elizabeth Warren

Republican

  • Donald J. Trump
  • Roque Rocky De La Fuente
  • Bill Weld

Attorney General — Vote for One– All Precincts within Fayette County

Democratic

  • Josh Shapiro – Montgomery County

Republican

  • Heather Heidelbaugh – Allegheny County

Auditor General — Vote for One — All Precincts within Fayette County

Democratic

  • H. Scott Conklin – Centre County
  • Michael Lamb – Allegheny County
  • Tracie Fountain – Dauphin County
  • Rose Rosie Marie Davis – Monroe County
  • Nina Ahmad – Philadelphia County
  • Christina M. Hartman – Lancaster County

Republican

  • Timothy DeFoor – Dauphin County

State Treasurer — Vote for One — All Precincts within Fayette County

Democratic

  • Joe Torsella – Montgomery County

Republican

  • Stacy L. Garrity – Bradford County

Representative in Congress – 14th Congressional District –Vote for One—All Precincts within Fayette County

Democratic

  • Bill Marx – Westmoreland County

Republican

  • Guy Reschenthaler – Washington County

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY –49th Legislative District – Vote for One–

Belle Vernon Borough, Fayette City Borough, Franklin Township, Jefferson Township, Newell Borough, Washington Township

Democratic

  • Randy J. Barli – Washington County

Republican

  • Bud Cook – Washington County
  • Tony Bottino – Washington County

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY– 50th Legislative District – Vote for One

Brownsville Borough, Brownsville Township, Luzerne Township, Masontown Borough, Redstone Township

Democratic

  • Pam Snyder – Greene County

Republican

  • Larry Yost – Greene County

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY– 51st Legislative District – Vote for One —

Fairchance Borough, Georges Township, German Township, Henry Clay Township, Markleysburg Borough, Nicholson Township, Ohiopyle Borough, Point Marion Borough, Smithfield Borough, South Union Township, Springfield Township, Springhill Township, Stewart Township, Uniontown City, Wharton Township

Democratic

Republican

  • Matthew Dowling – Fayette County

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY– 52nd Legislative District – Vote for One

Bullskin Township, Connellsville City, Connellsville Township, Dawson Borough, Dunbar Borough, Dunbar Township, Everson Borough, Lower Tyrone Township, Menallen Township, North Union Township, Perry Township, Perryopolis Borough, Saltlick Township, South Connellsville Borough, Upper Tyrone Township, Vanderbilt Borough

Democratic

  • Harry Young Cochran – Fayette County

Republican

  • Ryan Warner – Fayette County

Delegate to the Democratic National Convention – 14th District – — Vote for Five, Three Males and Two Females — All Precincts within Fayette County

Democratic

  • Casey Konopisos (F) – Committed to: Bernie Sanders
  • Robert Sabot (M) – Committed to: Elizabeth Warren
  • Bibiana Boerio (F) – Committed to: Joseph R. Biden
  • Robert Mason (M) – Committed to: Bernie Sanders
  • Mike Cordaro (M) – Committed to: Bernie Sanders
  • Kevin D. Jones (M) – Committed to: Michael R. Bloomberg
  • Christian Sesek (M) – Committed to: Joseph R. Biden
  • Janice Foley (F) – Committed to: Bernie Sanders
  • Brayden Campbell (M) – Committed to: Bernie Sanders
  • Nate Regotti (M) – Committed to: Joseph R. Biden
  • David J. Deitrick (M) – Committed to: Pete Buttigieg

Delegate to the Republican National Convention – 14th District – — Vote for Three– All Precincts within Fayette County

Republican

  • John Ventre
  • Scott Avolio
  • Jon R. Marietta
  • Scott R. Day
  • Daryl William Price
  • Eric J. Sivavec
  • Guy Reschenthaler
  • Rose Tennent
  • Thomas J. Uram
  • Susanna DeJeet
  • Jill Cooper

Alternate Delegate to the Republican National Convention – 14th District – — Vote for Three– All Precincts within Fayette County

Republican

  • Scott R. Day
  • Sonia Stopperich Sulc
  • Thomas J. Uram
  • Pat Geho
  • Melanie Stringhill Patterson

State Rep. Matt Dowling to seek reelection in 2020

State Rep. Matthew Dowling
Rep. Matt Dowling 

With one more year to go on his current term in the state House of Representatives, Rep. Matt Dowling, R-Uniontown, announced that he is running for reelection in the 51st District.

While he is proud of everything he’s accomplished over the last three years, Dowling said he has more work to do.

One of those issues is a legislation package he worked on to address the state’s opioid epidemic. The legislation was the result of a bipartisan effort that takes a comprehensive approach, focusing on treatment for those trapped in addiction, tougher penalties for drug dealers, and public education on the factors that drive addiction to stop it before it starts, he said.

“I am proud that – working in a bipartisan manner – we have moved forward a commonsense package of legislation to address the opioid epidemic,” said Dowling.

The penalties for recovering opioid addicts in the package is less punitive and more focused on healing and assisting those afflicted with addiction more opportunities for a better life after recovery.

“I am a father of a 5-year-old and a 7-year-old. I’m hoping that by the time they get to middle school and high school, when they are faced with questions … that this epidemic has subsided,” said Dowling. “And not just for my kids, for my neighbors’ kids and for all the kids in the communities I serve.”

Dowling said there is no shortage of issues that face the communities his district serves in Fayette and Somerset counties.

He said he’s focused on supporting policies that spark economic and job growth, ensure quality education for children, protect the constitutional rights of his constituents, and making sure those he represents get back their fair share of funding for vital projects in their communities.

“I look at my record and see what we’ve been able to accomplish in the last three years … the votes I’ve taken for the people I represent,” said Dowling. “I want to continue to work toward a more successful Fayette County and the communities I hope to help, the people I represent.”

Dowling was raised and educated in the heart of his district. He was first elected in 2016, and secured reelection in 2018. In addition to being a small business owner Dowling is an active community volunteer and served as Rotary District Governor for the seven-county region. Dowling and his wife, Rebecca live in Uniontown with their two young sons, W. Pierce and Preston.

Mahoney loses bid for former seat in 51st District

In a rematch to see who would represent the 51st Legislative District, state Rep. Matthew Dowling secured a second term as state representative.

Receiving 55.91 percent of the vote, the Uniontown Republican won his rematch with former state Rep. Tim Mahoney Tuesday. Mahoney, a Democrat, served five terms in office before losing to Dowling in 2016.

Dowling received 72.44 percent of the vote in Somerset County. He received 51.38 percent in Fayette County.

During the campaign, Dowling said he wanted to find federal funds to finish four-lane Route 219 to Maryland. Dowling also said he wanted to address how opioid and narcotic prescriptions are transmitted from doctor’s offices to local pharmacies, and put more limits on unfunded mandates in school districts.

Last week, Dowling filed a petition against Mahoney and his campaign in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas to prevent the campaign from publishing “false and misleading” material about him. Dowling said Mahoney’s actions violated the Pennsylvania Election Code. Fayette County Judge Gerald Solomon denied the petition Monday.

Mahoney, who received 44.09 percent of the vote, said this was a nasty, dirty campaign. He said he is not planning to run again in two years. Mahoney won 27.46 percent of the vote in Somerset County.

The 51st District covers parts of Fayette and Somerset counties.

51st Legislative District

As this was in the 50th last election, it is kind of like that in the 51st this election, however the challenger of the 2016 election is now the incumbent now and the challenger now was a  10-year assemblyman. Another face off between these two candidates, as with the neighboring 50th District to the West will take place this fall with Tim Mahoney securing the Democratic Nod with 2,811 votes and Matthew Dowling again securing the Republican nod with 2,558 votes.

 

State Rep. Dowling seeks re-election in 51st District

State Rep. Matthew Dowling (R- 51) announced that he will be running for re-election in the 2018 campaign season.

Dowling was first elected to the House in 2016, defeating incumbent Tim Mahoney.

“Two years ago, I made a promise to stand strong for the taxpayers of community, support commonsense policies that create jobs, fight the opioid epidemic and work for everyone by refusing to play political games,” Dowling said.

“I am proud that I have kept that promise, but know that much remains to be accomplished to make our communities and our state stronger for the future.”

In Harrisburg, Dowling has quickly earned a reputation as a tough watchdog for taxpayers by standing against Gov. Wolf’s disastrous tax-and-spending increase agenda and attack on the Second Amendment and Pro-Life values of Fayette and Somerset counties.

“Where my predecessor was a willing ally in Gov. Wolf’s liberal agenda and chose to partake of every taxpayer-paid perk Harrisburg offered, I have been a consistent voice to control spending and have led by example by refusing the per diems and perks,” Dowling said. “My goal is to deliver true public service by refusing to play political games and focusing on the issues.”

Dowling has also gained a reputation as a leader in the effort to address the opioid epidemic. In just his first year in office, he helped pass a bipartisan package of new laws that was praised for its focus on combatting the epidemic through changes in prescription rules, professional education, prevention efforts and law enforcement.

Dowling also delivered bipartisan budgets that included increased funding for treatment and prevention efforts.

“I am proud that –– working in a bipartisan manner –– we have accomplished more in the fight against opioids over the past two years than in the 10 years before that combined,” Dowling stated.

“Opioids know no economic, geographic or racial lines,” he continued.

“They are simply hurting Pennsylvanians and must be dealt with strongly. I will continue to focus on this issue to help provide a brighter future for our families,” he added.

Dowling said that other areas of focus during his first term has been job creation, education and infrastructure, noting how these issues, while each important on their own, combine to help drive the economic and job growth our area needs.

“Quality schools better prepare our children for the job market of tomorrow. A strong infrastructure system with the roads and highways we need to connect our community to bigger metro centers and the interstate system makes our area more attractive to job creators.

And having a fair and predictable tax and regulatory system in our state makes Pennsylvania more competitive in the national marketplace for employers,” Dowling said.

“I am working to address these issues in a comprehensive manner to better retain and attract the jobs we need and improve the quality of life for residents,” he added.

As representative, Dowling supported reforms that are helping to control state spending and bring greater transparency to the budget process, worked to provide record levels of state funding for basic education, voted in favor of tax and regulatory reforms that make the state more attractive to job creators and supported completion of the Mon-Fayette Expressway and its Southern Beltway Connector.

“While many people think being representative is about passing legislation in Harrisburg, I think the more important part of the job is helping real people here at home,” Dowling said.

“I want to listen to and help people. That is why I have made strong constituent services, extensive community outreach and local issues such a large part of what I do,” he continued.

Dowling pointed to examples of his efforts on this front, including hosting gun rights seminars; bringing important state government committee meetings to our community to increase citizen participation in government; delivering grants to local schools, volunteer fire and emergency services companies and for community projects; and outreach efforts like his popular “Morning Meetings with Matt” town hall meetings, “Office Open Houses” across the district to better listen to and serve constituent concerns and his Senior Expo.

A pro-life, pro-Second Amendment legislator, Dowling voted in favor of legislation to limit abortions to 20 weeks, which Gov. Wolf vetoed.

Dowling said he is currently sponsoring legislation to better defend the rights of law-abiding gun owners from overreach by the state under Gov. Wolf’s declared state of emergency over the opioid crisis.

“I will never allow the core values of our community to be ignored by this liberal governor and his allies in Harrisburg,” Dowling said.

“The rights of life, liberty and freedom are the foundation of our Commonwealth and must always be defended,” he continued.

“They are not political chips to be traded in legislative games,” Dowling added.

Dowling is a native son of the 51st District and brings to the legislature experience as a successful small business owner and active community volunteer.

Dowling also served as a Rotary District Governor for the seven-county region.

Dowling and his wife, Rebecca, are the proud parents of two young sons.