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.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2014/04/24/Dueling-Dems/stories/201404230028#ixzz30ToOWKOv

Molchany campaign launches first commercial of primary season

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

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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.

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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.

Rep. Erin Molchany announces Keystone Progress PAC Endorsement

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March 4, 2014 – This past weekend at the Progressive Summit, Keystone Progress PAC announced their endorsement of Representative Molchany in her bid for the 36th house district. Rep. Molchany is Keystone Progress PAC’s first ever primary endorsement and highlights her broad progressive support.

“I am proud to receive this endorsement and am grateful tohave the support of Progressives everywhere.” said Rep. Molchany. “I am excited to have the support of Keystone Progress PAC in this important race. Our election is about which direction the party will move in, and I am grateful to have the support of such a prominent progressive organization.”

Rep. Erin Molchany has also received endorsements from County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, State Senator Wayne Fontana, Council President Bruce Kraus, Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, Councilwoman Deb Gross, 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, and Progress Pittsburgh PAC.

Representative Erin Molchany picks up labor support

March 3, 2014–Democratic State Representative Erin C. Molchany announced several key labor endorsements today. “I’m proud to have the support of labor groups that are fighting every day for a better future.” “I have been a strong advocate for working men and women in our neighborhoods, and I appreciate their recognition of my efforts.”

Phillip Ameris, President of the Laborers’ District Council of Western Pennsylvania, said, “Rep. Molchany has been unwavering in her support for the working families in South Pittsburgh.  When we called on her to support badly needed investments in transportation that would create jobs for our workers, she stood up to pressure and was a fierce advocate in our fight.”

Greg Christy, Business Manager of Ironworkers Local 3, said of their endorsement of Rep. Molchany, “We are grateful for Erin’s continued support of organized labor. She is a strong leader who we can count on to fight for working men and women.”

 James Kunz, Business Manager of Operating Engineers Local 66, said “Representative Molchany has always shown herself to be a true ally of workers everywhere and we are proud to endorse her for reelection.  She doesn’t just cast her votes, but she shows up when we need her.”

Shawn Foyle, Secretary-Treasurer of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) local 3 said, “Representative Molchany has always been a partner we could rely on. She is a vocal supporter of unions and we are proud to endorse her reelection campaign.”

Rep. Molchany received endorsements from six local unions:

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

Rep. Erin Molchany has also received endorsements from County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, State Senator Wayne Fontana, Council President Bruce Kraus, Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, and Progress Pittsburgh PAC.

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Representative Erin Molchany formally announces reelection bid

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February 18th, 2014 - Last night, at City Theatre in Pittsburgh’s Historic South Side, State Representative Erin Molchany formally announced her reelection bid. She was joined by local elected democrats: County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Mayor Bill Peduto, City Council President Bruce Kraus, City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak and many others.

“We are excited to have the support of so many local elected officials. I look forward to continuing to serve the residents of South Pittsburgh in Harrisburg,” said Molchany. “I am also grateful to have the backing of so many of our grassroots leaders from across Pittsburgh’s South Hills.”

Representative Molchany’s announcement sets the stage for a democrat-on-democrat primary in the new boundaries of the 36th house district, the result of redistricting. Representative Molchany is expected to face Representative Readshaw in the May 20th primary election.

“Democrats living in the 36th district, for the first time in 20 years, have a real choice this May. I know residents are eager for a discussion of the issues that matter to them: transportation, jobs, and education. I would urge them to compare our records and ideas side-by-side.”

“My kickoff event is just one more step in the larger movement here in Pittsburgh to hold our elected officials accountable. We cannot solve the problems of the future with the tools and attitudes of the past. The recent mayoral election is a great example of this kind of referendum on the needs and demands of a 21st century electorate.”

In the upcoming weeks, Representative Molchany will be formally opening her field office at 2615 Brownsville Road and will be launching a door-to-door campaign to speak with voters across her new district.

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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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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Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers Backs Molchany

For Immediate Release:  16 April 2012
Contact: Justin Wasser, Campaign Manager
PFT Backs Molchany
Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers Endorses Molchany in 22nd Legislative District

 

Pittsburgh– Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers publicly released today their endorsement of Erin Molchany in the April 24th Democratic Primary for the 22nd Legislative District.

 

“We are proud to endorse Erin Molchany,” said Nina Esposito-Visigitis, President of Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers.  “The choice is clear in this race.  Erin will stand up to invest in our children and teachers again.  Her opponent said he could not promise to fight against vouchers, a massive part of Governor Corbett assault on public education.”

 

Molchany is proud to have the support of teachers throughout her district and another endorsement from labor.

 

“We must stop Governor Corbett’s unnecessary cuts to education and invest in our children again,” Molchany said.  “Education is about the economy, about jobs.  We must give teachers and schools the resources they need.  We must stand up for good teachers.  Because good teachers bring our children great education.  And that makes us competitive in the 21st Century.”

 

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, 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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Bruce Kraus Supports Erin!

For Immediate Release: 10 April 2012
Contact: Justin Wasser, Campaign Manager
Bruce Kraus Supports Molchany
Councilman Endorses Erin Molchany in 22nd Legislative District

 

Pittsburgh– City Councilman Bruce Kraus announced today his endorsement of Erin Molchany in the April 24th Democratic Primary for the 22nd Legislative district.

 

“Erin Molchany is incredibly committed to making her community and our entire region a better place to live,” said Kraus.  “She brings to office a record of accomplishment fighting to save public transportation and education.  I’m proud to endorse her as the next Representative in the 22nd district.”

 

Molchany has focused much of her campaign on transportation and education issues, and also has committed to bringing resources back to neighborhoods in the 22nd district to help spur economic growth on mainstreets again.

 

“I’m honored to have the support of Bruce Kraus,” Molchany said.  “We need to elect a representative who will work with City Council and State Senators and fellow representatives to make our communities stronger, safer, and more prosperous.  I will work with anyone to make things better for my district.”

 

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, Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania PAC, Equality PA, Progressive Pittsburgh PAC, Stonewall Democrats, Gertrude Stein Club of Greater Pittsburgh, and Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak.

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