Two Lawyers Compete for State House Seat in 57th District

The race for state representative in the 57th District in central Westmoreland County is between two attorneys —  the incumbent with a background in corporate law versus an attorney with experience in prosecuting and defending clients.

State Rep. Timothy Krieger, 53, the three-term Republican incumbent from Delmont, is being challenged by Democrat Donna McClelland, 58, of Greensburg, who worked with the state attorney general’s office and now works part time in the county public defender’s office.

The 57th District encompasses Greensburg, Hempfield, Delmont, Salem, Southwest Greensburg, Youngwood, New Stanton and Hunker.

The salary for a state representative is about $78,000.

Education funding is a big issue in the Nov. 4 governor’s race, and the two candidates disagree on whether state funding for schools is adequate.

Ms. McClelland said her daughter attended the Greensburg Salem School District when state budget cuts in Gov. Tom Corbett’s first term forced the district to reduce the number of teachers and cut extracurricular spending. The school district eliminated the budget for the musical, and Ms. McClelland was part of a parents group that raised money so that the musical could be held.

“Those state cuts were an attack on my daughter and her school,” she said.

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