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Rostraver lawyer aims for Republican nomination in 58th District

Rich Cholodofsky
| Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, 10:39 p.m.
State Rep. Justin Walsh, R-Rostraver
State Rep. Justin Walsh, R-Rostraver

An attorney from Rostraver will seek the Republican nomination to represent the 58th District in the state House.

Justin Walsh, 43, said he will be a candidate to replace retiring incumbent state Rep. Ted Harhai, D-Monessen. Harhai announced last week he would not seek an 11th term in office and will leave the state House when his term expires at the end of the year.

“This isn't a knee-jerk reaction to his retiring. I've been planning this for six to eight months. We've been gearing up, and I'm ready to make a difference in my district,” Walsh said on Monday.

The district includes Monessen, Rostraver, Sewickley, South Huntingdon, Mt. Pleasant, Jeannette, East Huntingdon, Belle Vernon, West Newton and parts of Hempfield.

Walsh has lived in Rostraver for the past 16 years and practices law in Donora, Washington County. Walsh has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for more than 16 years, and they have three children; Nicholas, 9, Payton, 7, and Lily, 5.

Walsh graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in political science from St. Francis College in Loretto, Cambria County, in 1994. He received his law degree from Seton Hall University in New Jersey in 1997.

“I've never run for office before, and this is not a lifetime appointment for me,” Walsh said in a release announcing his candidacy.

“We need a renewed energy taking on the drug epidemic ravaging communities throughout Western Pennsylvania. We need to help small businesses grow so our children have opportunities to stay here. Politicians have given up on the process, and we need new voices to fight for what is important.”

Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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