Oakmont councilwoman to seek state House seat next year
Carrie DelRosso, an Oakmont councilwoman and public relations consultant, announced she will challenge state Rep. Frank Dermody, D-Oakmont, in next year’s election for the 33rd state House seat.
DelRosso hopes to earn the Republican nomination.
Dermody has held the seat since 1991. He defeated Republican challenger Joshua Nulph last year.
The 33rd District includes parts of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. In the Valley, it includes Arnold, Brackenridge, Cheswick, East Deer, Frazer, Harmar, part of Harrison, Indiana Township, New Kensington, Oakmont, Springdale, Springdale Township and Tarentum.
“I will put all my energy into representing the Allegheny Valley in the legislature,” DelRosso said Tuesday. “We need to send Western Pennsylvania values to Harrisburg. I intend to do just that.”
DelRosso recently resigned as Riverview School District’s public relations consultant after being hired by Penn Hills School District for a similar job. She was instrumental in acquiring grants for her former district, and advocated for pedestrian safety and beautification projects in Oakmont.
“My experience as a small business owner and borough council member has taught me the importance of focusing on the needs of people,” DelRosso said. “I’m running because I care. I care about lowering real estate taxes, protecting public education and improving health care.”
DelRosso studied at the University of Pittsburgh and served on event committees for the American Cancer Society.
She said a rise in pension obligations, health care costs, and unfunded mandates from Harrisburg continue to burden taxpayers in the Allegheny Valley.
“Residents of the 33rd expect fiscal responsibility and want someone to be a good steward of their tax dollars,” DelRosso said.
More information about DelRosso and her public relations business is available online at carrielewisdelrosso.com.
Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, [email protected] or via Twitter .