Three candidates are vying in a special election next Tuesday for the 42nd Legislative District seat vacated by Democrat Matt Smith, who was elected to the state Senate. The winner will serve the unexpired term that runs through 2014, representing those in Green Tree, Mt. Lebanon, Thornburg, Rosslyn Farms and parts of Bethel Park and Scott.
Dan Miller, 40, a Democrat, is a former Mt. Lebanon commissioner and former history teacher who works as a special education attorney. George Brown, 52, a Libertarian, is a software engineer. Dan Remely, 62, a Republican and a Mt. Lebanon School Board member, is a property turnaround specialist.
But it is Dan Remely who, clearly, is the better choice and on a variety of levels.
First, there's his wealth of financial experience. He's been at it for a long time. That experience will not only serve district constituents well but will be a valuable asset in a state Legislature that far too often appears to be befuddled by finance.
Second, Mr. Remely has good people skills. He's affable, engaging and responsive. His engagement in the community is almost the stuff of legend. And he won't forget who's the boss.
Additionally, a Remely win would go a long way in slowing, if not reversing, a sloppy slink toward the Democrat side of things in this area.
Thus, we endorse Dan Remely, the Republican, for the 42nd Legislative District seat.
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