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Purcell challenges Ravenstahl

Published by Tim McNulty on .

Former Ross Twp. commissioner Mark Purcell will again challenge incumbent state Rep. Adam Mark PurcellRavenstahl in the 20th legislative district, after losing to the mayor's brother by 15 points two years ago.

The newly designed district picked up some boroughs to the west of the city, but is still largely identified with the North Side and Lawrenceville.

North Pgh Politics notes Purcell has lost three elections for the seat already, against then-rep Don Walko in 2006, and in the special and primary elections against Ravenstahl (and two other candidates) in 2010. But the chief of staff to state Rep. Bill Kortz of Dravosburg (UPDATE 3PM: Purcell went on leave Jan. 9) appears ready to go on the attack against Ravenstahl by criticizing his Harrisburg work habits.

Ravenstahl's "record indicates that he is the most unproductive and virtually silent Representative in the State House," Purcell said in a statement. "It is a fact that Mr. Ravenstahl has remained totally and completely silent on the House floor, never once rising to take the microphone to speak in the entire year and a half he has been in Harrisburg. Even in democratic caucus where debate flows enthusiastically among party members Ravenstahl has been completely mum. Not one word, not one time! This is a clear indication that Mr. Ravenstahl is completely out of his element and is not representing the people of the 20th Legislative District."

It bears watching whether more candidates jump into the Democratic field, possibly watering down the field against Ravenstahl.

Full statement from Purcell after the jump:

Mark Purcell, former Ross Township Commissioner, and current Chief of Staff for State Representative Bill Kortz, is running for the seat in the newly redistricted 20th Legislative District now held by Adam Ravenstahl.

Mr. Purcell will spend the next several months talking to the residents of the new 20thLegislative District about his plans to address the Property Tax Assessment issue, funding the repair and maintenance of roads and bridges in Pennsylvania, working to attract jobs and business to Pennsylvania, while being a good steward of the environment, and addressing the many other important issues facing Pennsylvanian’s.

Mr. Purcell had hoped that Adam Ravenstahl would be an effective legislator; however his record indicates that he is the most unproductive and virtually silent Representative in the State House. It is a fact that Mr. Ravenstahl has remained totally and completely silent on the House floor, never once rising to take the microphone to speak in the entire year and a half he has been in Harrisburg. Even in democratic caucus where debate flows enthusiastically among party members Ravenstahl has been completely mum. Not one word, not one time! This is a clear indication that Mr. Ravenstahl is completely out of his element and is not representing the people of the 20th Legislative District.

 

Mark Purcell, a decorated Vietnam Combat Veteran, has lived, worked, and raised his family in the 20th Legislative District his entire life.  He will bring vast experience and knowledge of the issues facing the 20th Legislative District to the State Capitol.

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