V. Fawn Walker-Montgomery, the McKeesport Councilwoman forced to run a write-in Primary Election campaign after operatives loyal to indicted state Rep. Marc Gergely, D-McKeesport, removed her from the ballot, has garnered enough votes to appear on the Republican ticket and oppose Gergely for the 35th State House District race in November. She is the first African American to run for the seat.
“Your only choice shouldn’t be someone facing criminal charges,” she said.
Walker-Montgomery is a two term councilwoman, who helped form Take Action Mon Valley to address violent crime in McKeesport, most recently pushed for Gov. Tom Wolf to issue a pardon to Councilman-elect Cory Sanders, after he was ruled ineligible to hold office due to a 20-year-old conviction. She issued a press release and took to Facebook to thank all of her supporters for making her bid for state office possible despite the roadblocks placed in her path. Her priorities are ending the violent crime in the district and the corruption in Harrisburg.
“Let us begin this announcement by saying thanks to all of our supporters. I appreciate your support and prayers,” she said. “Now, the area is filled with crime, low economic and business development, hopelessness and high amounts of government corruption. This has divided us for too long. But if we can all come together—across party, racial and gender lines—we can bring hope, safety and prosperity to the 35th District.”