Molchany endorsed by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Dueling Dems: Rep. Molchany deserves the party nomination”

From the Post-Gazette 4/24/2014:

Next month’s Democratic primary in the state House’s newly constituted 36th District is a contest between the new Pittsburgh and the traditional one, between freshman lawmaker Erin Molchany and 10-term veteran Harry Readshaw.

Rep. Molchany, who was elected two years ago to the District 22 seat previously held by county Controller Chelsa Wagner, represents the new. She’s a 36-year-old Mount Washington resident who came to Pittsburgh in 1995 to attend Duquesne University and stayed after graduation to work with several nonprofit organizations, most recently as executive director of the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Program of young professionals.

An enthusiastic booster for the region, Ms. Molchany introduced legislation that would expand state education grants to community college students, improve pay equity, give patients greater access to their own medical records and better regulate dirt bikes on private property. She is realistic that, as a new member in the House’s minority party, her bills would not advance without significant help and she has reached out to lawmakers from other parts of the state to build support on common ground.

She has garnered the support of a strong political coalition — Mayor Bill Peduto, council members Natalia Rudiak, Bruce Kraus, Dan Gilman and Deb Gross and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

The composition of the new 36th District, however, favors the traditional, with 70 percent of its population coming from the current District 36, where Rep. Readshaw has held office since 1995.

Mr. Readshaw, 72, of Carrick cited his successes in moving legislation, but most of the measures he mentioned during an interview with Post-Gazette editors were adopted years ago. Last year, he cast a disappointing “No” vote on the state transportation funding bill, a measure that was necessary to address Pennsylvania’s deteriorating roads and bridges and aid its mass transit systems.

Mr. Readshaw argued that the bill was a chance for the Democrats “to take charge,” unlikely given that they are outnumbered in the House 111 to 92. In a campaign ad, he characterizes the bill as “Gov. Corbett’s massive gas tax that funds Philadelphia’s mass transit.” The bill did raise the wholesale gasoline tax, which can be passed on to consumers, and it did provide dollars for the Philadelphia system, but it is wrong to characterize the bill in east-vs.-west terms. It also funded Allegheny County’s Port Authority bus and T operations, helping to stave off more service cuts, as well as numerous bridge and road projects throughout the state.

Ms. Molchany — a native of Allentown who has spent her adult life in Pittsburgh — voted in favor of the bill, recognizing that an urban core like Pittsburgh is dependent on having a functioning mass transit system.

The new 36th District includes Brentwood, Mount Oliver, Carrick, Overbrook, Arlington, Bon Air and St. Clair Village plus parts of Baldwin Borough, South Side Flats, South Side Slopes, Mount Washington and Brookline. No Republican is on the ballot, so the primary’s winner is all but assured of election in November.

Although many voters in the district may not know Ms. Molchany, they will find her a forward-looking, fresh addition to the Legislature — a one-term incumbent worth keeping. The Post-Gazette endorses Erin Molchany.

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Molchany campaign launches first commercial of primary season

Highlights her fight for working families; equal pay for equal work

Our first TV Spot of 2014

Click on the image to see our first ad!

April 10th, 2014 – Today State Representative Erin Molchany’s re-election bid launched the first ad buy of the 2014 race. The ad introduces voters to Erin Molchany’s work on issues like raising the minimum wage and enforcing equal pay for equal work. The ad also features Erin’s father, Fred Molchany, 73.

“I’m glad to have the opportunity to introduce voters in the new 36th to my positions on issues that matter most to South Pittsburgh families.” said Molchany, “I’m also excited for voters to meet my biggest supporter, my dad. I am honored each and every day to advocate for these important issues.”

On Tuesday, Rep. Molchany met privately with President Obama at the White House, discussing her work on HB1890 and the challenges of enforcing pay equity laws at the state level.

“I’m constantly looking for innovative ways we can continue to support all our working families. Equal pay for equal work is not just a women’s issue. It is about sustaining families and strengthening our economy.” said Molchany “Inequity in pay hurts our families and holds our neighborhoods back.”

This Saturday, April 12th at noon Rep. Molchany will be joined by HB1890 coprime sponsor Brian Sims for a meet and greet at her campaign office at 2615 Brownsville Rd in Carrick. The event caps off a week focused on highlighting the fight for pay equity.


Representative Molchany has been endorsed for re-election by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, State Senator Wayne Fontana, Council President Bruce Kraus, Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, 32 BJ  SEIU, SEIU Healthcare PA, The Laborers’ District Council of Western PA, Laborers’ Local Union #1058, Laborers’ Local Union #373, Ironworkers Local 3, Operating Engineers Local 66, IATSE Local 3, Keystone Progress PAC and Progress Pittsburgh PAC.

Democracy for America For Molchany

For Immediate Release:  19 April 2012

Contact:  Justin Wasser, Campaign Manager
Democracy for America For Molchany
National Grassroots Organization Endorses in 22nd Legislative District


Pittsburgh–  Democracy for America officially announced their endorsement of Erin Molchany for the April 24th Democratic Primary in the 22nd Legislative District.  This is Molchany’s first national endorsement.


“This election is about choices,” Molchany said, “and the choice is clear.  My campaign is about community and every organization that supports me believes it is time to bring honesty and integrity back to Harrisburg.  It is time to fight for our community again.”


Molchany has received endorsements from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, local unions and elected officials.  Her candidacy has also garnered support from all over Pennsylvania.  The endorsement from Democracy for America emphasizes the attention Molchany has gained at a national level and stresses the importance of this race for voters in the 22nd district.


“When a candidate believes in the importance of investing in human capital, you know you’ve got the real deal,” said Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America.  “Erin Molchany supports her community and has what it takes to keep Pennsylvania moving in the right direction.  Between her views on job creation her belief in strengthening public services instead of slashing them – she’s got what it takes and DFA is proud to endorse Erin for Pennsylvania’s 22nd district.”


Molchany has been talking to voters on the phone and at the doors every day.  “Get out and Vote this Tuesday.  It’s your vote that makes all the difference on April 24th.”

Erin Molchany is running for the full two-year term as a Democrat in the April 24th Primary in Pennsylvania’s 22nd State House District.  Molchany is also endorsed by Ironworkers Local 3, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers Local 400, Equality PA, Progress Pittsburgh PAC, Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania PAC, Steel-City Stonewall Democrats, Gertrude Stein Political Club of Greater Pittsburgh, Democracy for Pittsburgh, Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter, Sierra Club Allegheny Group, Councilman Bruce Kraus and Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak.


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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Endorses Molchany

Erin is honored to be endorsed by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

In this high-contrast political pairing, Mr. Schmotzer reminded us of legislators of yesteryear while Ms. Molchany, who has endorsements from some of the city’s younger council members, struck us as the kind of Democrat the party should be encouraging for the future.

The Post-Gazette endorses Erin Molchany for the Democratic nomination to seek the District 22 seat in the General Assembly.

Read the entire endorsement here: 22nd House District: Molchany for Dems

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Because the endorsement that counts the most is the vote on Election Day!


Sierra Club Endorses Molchany

For Immediate Release:  18 April 2012
Contact: Justin Wasser, Campaign Manager
Sierra Club Endorses Molchany
Sierra Club Chapter and Local Allegheny Group Name Molchany Environmental Advocate


Pittsburgh–  The Pennsylvania Chapter and the local Allegheny Group of the Sierra Club officially announced their endorsement of Erin Molchany in the April 24th Democratic Primary in the 22nd Legislative District.


“We believe that Erin Molchany will be a strong advocate for the environment, committed to protecting the public’s health by reducing the pollution of our air and water, and ensuring that the public is served by a financially sustainable transit system,” said Angel Gober, Chair of the Allegheny Groups Political Committee.


Molchany is the only candidate endorsed by the Sierra Club Allegheny Group, and is proud to have the Sierra Club stand with her on April 24th.


Erin Molchany is running for the full two-year term as a Democrat in the April 24th Primary in Pennsylvania’s 22nd State House District.  Molchany is also endorsed by Ironworkers Local 3, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers Local 400, Equality PA, Progress Pittsburgh PAC, Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania PAC, Steel-City Stonewall Democrats, Gertrude Stein Political Club of Greater Pittsburgh, Democracy for Pittsburgh, Councilman Bruce Kraus and Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak.

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Molchany Endorsed by Democracy for Pittsburgh

For Immediate Release: 12 April 2012

Contact: Justin Wasser, Campaign Manager
Molchany Endorsed by Democracy for Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh– Democracy for Pittsburgh has endorsed Erin Molchany in the April 24th Democratic Primary for the 22nd Legislative Distrct.  Molchany was one of only two candidates to garner an endorsed from the organization.  Molchany won with over 70% of membership support.


In a release announcing the endorsement, Molchany was described as having “a deep-seated commitment towards doing right by all citizens of PA, in a way that transcends ideology.”


“I am so proud of all of my endorsements,” said Molchany.  “This endorsement recognizes my dedication to bringing integrity and transparency to Harrisburg.”


Democracy for Pittsburgh is a local chapter of Democracy for America that promotes strong, sustain grassroots involvement in politics.


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