House's newest face, Austin Davis, jumps into committees, introduces water bill aid program

House's newest face, Austin Davis, jumps into committees, introduces water bill aid program

Newly-elected District 35 Rep. Austin Davis (D-Allegheny) started his state legislative career with a surprising phone call. 

He was in a meeting when his phone buzzed, and an unfamiliar voice said former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wanted to speak to him. 

“We talked about local policy and politics,” Davis said. “She’s really interested in the things I was going to tackle.” 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Democrat Austin Davis wins 35th House District special election

Democrat Austin Davis wins 35th House District special election

With a little over 73 percent of the vote, Austin Davis won the 35th House District special election Tuesday night.

The district, which represents many old mill towns in the Monongahela River Valley in Allegheny County, was empty after former Democratic representative Marc Gergely resigned the seat after being convicted and sentenced for his role in an illegal gambling ring.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Future plans for Pittsburgh transit define 35th House District special election race

Future plans for Pittsburgh transit define 35th House District special election race

While many American political races often become referendums on issues like abortion or gun control, the campaign to fill former Representative Marc Gergely’s seat is divisive because of a different issue: bus routes.

Austin Davis, a Democrat, and Fawn Walker-Montgomery, a Republican, are facing off in the January 23 special election to replace Gergely, a Democrat, after he resigned last fall over criminal charges related to an illegal gambling ring.

Friday, January 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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