Observer-Reporter from Washington, PA

“One of the most hotly contested primary races in this area is in the 39th Legislative District, where the incumbent, the longtime lawmaker he defeated two years ago and two other candidates are vying for the Republican and Democratic nominations for the state House seat.

Two years ago, Republican Rick Saccone came seemingly out of nowhere to narrowly defeat 26-year Democratic legislator and onetime House Finance Committee chairman David Levdansky, relying on a relentless shoe-leather campaign approach and substantial financial help from the state Republican Party.

But for a rematch to occur in November, both have to survive the primary.

On the Republican side, Saccone is being challenged for the nomination by Shauna D’Alessandro, a nine-year member of West Jefferson Hills School Board who believes her education experience and her 35 years as a certified public accountant would serve her well – and by extension, serve the people well – if she were elected to the House. 

D’Alessandro, noting her successful nonpartisan school board campaigns, also believes she has a better chance of appealing to all voters in a district that has a Democratic registration edge. The centerpiece of her campaign is a jobs initiative that calls for removing regulatory barriers, extending tax credits to encourage job creation and cutting the corporate net income tax.

She also supports efforts to reduce the size of the Legislature and privatize the state store system.

Saccone notes that he was a co-sponsor of the House-passed measure to trim the number of state lawmakers and a bill to put state liquor stores in the hands of private businesses.

During his first term, Saccone said he was proud of his role in achieving House approval of a moratorium on property-tax reassessments, passage of an on-time state budget with no tax increase this past year, the elimination of lawmakers’ “walking around money” and tort reform that eliminates gross inequities in awards from civil lawsuits.

Aside from his misguided sponsorship of a resolution declaring 2012 the “Year of the Bible,” we believe Saccone has represented his district well over the past two years and is worthy of renomination.”



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