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FAYETTE COUNTY of Pennsylvania TURNS RED
According to the latest voting election statistics updated on August 1, 2022 by the PA Department of State, Fayette County is the newest county in Southwest PA to become red. Our county now leads in Republican voter registrations by a margin of 33 ahead of Democrat registrants.
The Fayette County Republican Committee (FCRC) wishes to recognize all those who have been a part of leading, supporting, and participating in this decades long effort and we look forward to taking our conservative movement to the voting polls in November and beyond!
In light of recent notifications to the FCRC Executive Board received yesterday,
the committee members of the 51st Legislative District tabled any vote to consider
a replacement candidate to appear on the November 2022 General Election ballot
until further information is received from the PA Department of State, PA House
Republican Campaign Committee and legal counsel.
According to the PA Department of State, Representative Matthew Dowling’s
paperwork to have his name withdrawn from the November ballot was rejected
yesterday. Since the vote for a replacement candidate was contingent on the
acceptance of this paperwork, the committee members tabled any vote at last
Instead, the committee members of the 51st District voted on a resolution that is to
be sent to the PA Department of State urging the Department to quickly move
through their process as to not further disenfranchise the voters of the 51st District and delay the Committee’s ability to appoint the replacement candidate.
(The resolution passed is available for download below.)
The Fayette County Republican Committee has announced the process for appointing a replacement candidate to represent Republicans in the PA House 51st District for the November general election. This procedure is in accordance with both the County and State Committees’ by-laws.
To be eligible, potential nominees must submit a candidate form via the Committee website
www.fayettepagop.com. All submissions should be received by 11:59 p.m. on July 12.
The Committee will hold a candidate forum during the regular meeting on July 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fayette County GOP meeting room, Fayette County Health Center, 100 New Salem Rd, Uniontown.
The candidate forum will be filmed and posted online. An attempt to have a live streamed version is in progress and will be announced on the Committee website if it becomes a viewing option.
Voting will occur the following week during a special meeting, which is planned for July 21 at 6:30 p.m. This meeting is tentative pending Representative Matthew Dowling’s submission of required documents to remove his name from the ballot in the 2022 general election.
During this special meeting only Committee members who represent constituents in the 51st District are eligible to vote. The special meeting will be closed to the public but will include legal counsel and a notary public.
Please include your name, municipality and street address in your correspondence when submitting a question for the candidates.
A total of 15 questions will be asked of the potential candidates at the July 14 meeting. The top 10 most popular questions will be chosen from constituent submissions, and 5 additional questions will be asked by the Committee Executive Board.
July 1st, 2022
‘I hope that my challenge helps others seek treatment’
UNIONTOWN – State Rep. Matt Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) today announced he will remove his name from the ballot as the Republican nominee for the Nov. 8, 2022, General Election and instead retire at the end of his term.
“My recent auto accident and subsequent treatment that I voluntarily sought drove me to deeply reflect on my life and make some hard decisions. One of those was to leave my seat in the state House of Representatives so that I can better spend time focusing on family and my personal journey to wellness,” Dowling stated. “While it has been my greatest honor and privilege to represent the people of the 51st District, I believe it is time for someone else to continue this important work.”
Dowling, a lifelong resident of the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, was first elected in 2016 after defeating longtime incumbent Timothy Mahoney. Since his election, Dowling has become known as a champion for taxpayers, the Second Amendment and the unique needs of the 51st District.
“While I acknowledge and regret the mistakes I have made, I am also proud of the record I was able to build with the help and support of people across our community. Together, we were able to defeat liberal efforts to raise taxes on working families and seniors, to provide record funding to our local schools, to stand strong against attacks on our Second Amendment rights and to protect our conservative values,” Dowling said.
The lawmaker noted that he will sustain that same commitment to representing the region until his term expires on Nov. 30.
“There is so much work to do to combat the historic rates of inflation that are harming our families,” Dowling said. “I will continue standing up for taxpayers by fighting for responsible spending and policies that will help grow our economy rather than hinder it.”
He also noted constituent services will remain available through the end of his term at his offices in Uniontown and Meyersdale. People may also contact the office online at www.RepDowling.com/contact.
In his announcement, Dowling included a special focus on his own personal challenges and encouraged others to seek help of their own if needed.
“While it is never easy to go through a situation like I face today in the public eye, I hope that my challenge helps others seek treatment and reduces the stigma of addiction in our society. Knowing the health consequences I could face in the future, it was easy for me to come to the realization that I had to stop drinking. It was harder to admit that my mind works differently from those who can drink socially and that I will have to be constantly vigilant,” Dowling continued. “Nobody wants to admit they are different, but as the Alcoholics Anonymous big book states, those who struggle with addiction have an ‘allergy’ to whatever substance affects them.”
Dowling also commented on charges filed in relation to the June 4 auto accident stating, “No one is above the law and the charges filed regarding the June 4 accident were anticipated. I am forever thankful that I live in a nation with a fair and impartial justice system and will remain transparent with the public as this case progresses.” Dowling encourages anyone facing personal challenges with alcohol, drug or other addiction to seek help from resources available to them, including:
Fayette County Drug and Alcohol Commission Inc. (FCDAC Inc.)
100 New Salem Road, Suite 106, Uniontown 724-438-3576
Recovery Centers of America (RCA)
2380 McGinley Road, Monroeville 412-871-4410
According to state law, Dowling will be replaced on the ballot by a candidate selected by the county Republican Party following to their by-laws for such a situation.
Representative Matthew Dowling
51st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives