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June 12, 2019
Tay Waltenbaugh Announces Run Against Kim Ward for State Senate.
Tay Waltenbaugh, the retired CEO of Westmoreland Community Action, announced his bid for public office.
After weeks of testing the waters, Waltenbaugh, 64, a Hempfield Democrat, announced he will seek election next year to the 39th District State Senate seat Hempfield Republican Kim Ward has held since 2008.
Ward said she’s not ready to step aside. So, Waltenbaugh will face both a three-term incumbent with a strong record and a Republican Party that boasts a 3,000-voter registration edge in the district that takes in most of central Westmoreland County.
“I am beginning a new chapter in my career today, and I’ll be counting on your support and the support of many others to help strengthen the social fabric that binds together the communities of Westmoreland County,” Waltenbaugh said.
He listed priorities, including affordable housing, job training, education, access to credit for local businesses and increasing opportunities for retirees, displaced workers and those just entering the workforce.
“Harrisburg must do a better job planting and nourishing the seeds that build strong communities,” he said.