44th District hopefuls cite record, experience
Each candidate for the state House of Representatives' 44th District seat says his record in public office gives him an advantage in the Nov. 6 election.
Democrat Mark Scappe is challenging Republican incumbent T. Mark Mustio for the seat Mustio has held since 2003.
The 44th District includes all or parts of 15 municipalities, including Aleppo, Ben Avon, Edgeworth, Haysville, Moon, North Fayette, Ohio Township and Sewickley.
Mustio, 55, of North Fayette, co-owner of HHM Insurors in Moon, points to his legislative record as the reason voters should re-elect him.
He cited his sponsorship of a 2005 anti-windfall bill. The resulting law requires Allegheny County and its municipalities to lower millage rates after countywide property reassessments so revenue is equal to the previous year.
He and former state Sen. John Pippy, also a Republican, worked to get funding in place for projects such as the Findlay Connector and the Cherrington Parkway Extension.
The $224 million Findlay Connector starts at Interstate 376 West in Findlay and ends at Route 22 in Washington County, and the $14 million Cherrington Parkway Extension connects the parkway to Ewing Road in Moon.
“I would like to continue the infrastructure funding in my next term,” said Mustio, who said such improvements are critical to attracting businesses.
Scappe, 51, of Moon, co-owns engineering firm RBS Consultants Inc. in Coraopolis. He cited his service as a Moon Area School District board member for 12 years, until December 2011, and his current chairmanship of the Moon Area Transportation Authority as qualifications. The authority has completed $250 million worth of construction projects on Interstate 376, he said.
It also partnered on the Cherrington Parkway Extension.
Mustio and Scappe differ on the approach government should take to regulation of the Marcellus shale industry.
Scappe believes that an extraction tax should be levied upon drillers, which should be subject to more oversight, even though the industry is creating jobs, he said.
“But with my engineering background, that can also help ... take a look at what they are doing to the community when they're going in to do that drilling,” he said.
Mustio, however, thinks an additional tax on drilling companies would push companies out of state, he said.
Scappe, who is the father of two adult sons, and Mustio, who is the father of an adult daughter and son, said protecting education funding and keeping government agencies' pension costs in check should be paramount.
Tory N. Parrish is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-5662 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- 2nd lawsuit filed against Gov. Wolf seeking reinstatement of open records director
- Review: Score, costumes shine in Pittsburgh Public Theater’s ‘My Fair Lady’
- McCord to plead guilty to federal charges from campaign fundraising
- Monessen woman dies in truck-car crash on Route 51 in Fayette County
- LaBar: WWE not backing down from controversy
- Pittsburgh mayor denies ethics investigation into his ‘Undercover Boss’ performance
- Pirates sign 2 to minor league deals
- Snow can be positive for garden, but negatives can be a slippery slope
- Crash closes Pittsburgh Street in Springdale
- Review: Stylish whodunit ‘The Loft’ doesn’t reach narrative heights
- Charge against ex-Steeler dropped after community service