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McKeesport councilwoman is GOP nominee in Mon Valley state House race

Wes Venteicher
| Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, 1:45 p.m.
McKeesport Councilwoman V. Fawn Walker-Montgomery, the Republican party's nominee for the 35th District in the Mon Valley, moderates a 2015 talk  involving law enforcement officers and residents of Auberle.
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McKeesport Councilwoman V. Fawn Walker-Montgomery, the Republican party's nominee for the 35th District in the Mon Valley, moderates a 2015 talk involving law enforcement officers and residents of Auberle.

McKeesport Councilwoman Fawn Walker-Montgomery is the Republican Party's nominee for a special election next month to represent the Mon Valley in the state House.

Walker-Montgomery, 37, will face off Jan. 23 against Austin Davis, a local Democratic Party leader and assistant to Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

“In the Mon Valley, I feel like we're always left out,” Walker-Montgomery said. “We really need a strong advocate in Harrisburg advocating for us and making sure we're not left out.”

Republican committee members selected her at a Wednesday night meeting at Rainbow Temple Assembly of God Church in McKeesport.

The special election is being held to replace former Rep. Marc Gergely, a Democrat from White Oak who resigned Nov. 6 after pleading guilty in August to two misdemeanor charges related to his role in an illegal gambling machine ring.

The 35th legislative district includes McKeesport, Munhall, White Oak, Clairton, Duquesne, Versailles, Whitaker, Lincoln, South Versailles and part of West Mifflin.

Walker-Montgomery said she holds traditional Republican views on abortion and the second amendment. She said she is focused on reducing crime, bringing family-sustaining jobs to the region and fighting the opioid epidemic.

She said she was the first black woman to run for the 35th district seat, when she lost to Gergely by 25 percentage points in 2016.

Wes Venteicher is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-380-5676, wventeicher@tribweb.com or via Twitter @wesventeicher.

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