Beneath the headline-grabbing races for governor and U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania on the ballot Tuesday lie the more local contests for U.S. Congress and state House. Here is a snapshot of who you will see on your ballot.
Challenging Glenn Thompson, a Republican who has held the former 5th Congressional District seat since 2009, is Democrat Susan Boser, an Indiana University of Pennsylvania professor who is a newcomer to politics.
The five-term congressman lives in Howard Township, Centre County.
In the spring primary election, Boser, 61, of White Township, won the Democratic nomination by a 3-1 margin, taking 13 of 14 counties. Thompson, 59, received more than twice as many votes in the GOP primary, including more than 5,500 in Indiana County, where Democrats gave Boser more than 3,700 votes.
The 15th District covers all of Indiana County, which formerly was part of the 9th Congressional District.
Incumbent Democratic Joseph Petrarca, of Vandergrift, is running unopposed for the seat he has held since 1995. But it was not until the 2014 election that his territory encompassed any part of Indiana County: just Saltsburg Borough.
In the 60th House District, Republican Rep. Jeff Pyle, of Ford City, who has held the seat since first being elected in 2004, is running unopposed for an eighth two-year term in office. Pyle, 54, represents a district that covers portions of Armstrong, Butler and Indiana counties. In Indiana County, that includes Blacklick, Conemaugh and Young townships.
Seeking the seat vacated by Rep. Dave Reed in the 62nd District are political newcomers Democrat Logan Dellafiora and Republican Jim Struzzi.
Dellafiora, 21, of Center Township, is a 2018 graduate of IUP. He is an elected member of the Homer-Center School District board of directors and a member of the Coral-Graceton Volunteer Fire Department.
Struzzi, 51, of White Township, is the president of the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce and a former community relations coordinator for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Republican Cris Dush is seeking his third term in the state House and will face another Brookville native, Democrat Kerith Strano Taylor, in the 66th District.
Dush, 57, upon announcing his plans for a re-election bid earlier this year, said this will be his last run in the 66th District. He has criticized what he perceives as his opponent’s half-hearted campaign effort and failed attempts to win other political races she has entered.
Strano Taylor, 42, of Brookville, is a graduate of George Mason University Law School and Penn State University. She has been critical of Dush’s refusal to debate her during the election season.
The district includes all of Jefferson County and parts of Indiana County.