Terri Mitko sign / photo by John Paul

When Democratic primary voters in the 15th Legislative District head to the polls next Tuesday, May 15th, they will not be seeing any names to pick from for State Representative on their ballots. Despite the apparent lack of choice, there is in fact a contentious race underway for the Democratic nomination in a district that includes Beaver, Brighton, Center, Frankfort Springs, Hanover, Independence, Potter, Raccoon, Vanport, and parts of Washington County.

Democratic voters in these areas would be well served by writing in the name Terri Mitko.

A series of events that began with an investigative report published by the Beaver Countian on March 12th led Alex Andres, the then-Democratic candidate for the 15th Legislative District, to withdraw his name from consideration. With the filing deadline already passed, Democrats were left without a candidate to appear on the ballot.

Since that time, Brighton Township attorney Terri Mitko has offered herself as a Democratic contender. Mitko has been playing a game of catch-up, working feverishly to put up yard signs, establish a campaign website and social media presence, knock on doors, and attend events. In order to appear on the general election ballot later this year, Mitko needs Democrats to back her write-in effort in the primary next week.

Republican Josh Kail, who is the only name that will appear on the Republican primary ballot, has similarly been spending considerable time knocking on doors and sending out flyers also attempting to get Democrats to write in his name — hoping to avoid having any opponent in the fall.

While Kail is undoubtedly ambitious and has been exhibiting an admirable work ethic, there is one thing he most certainly is not… a Democrat.

Republican Josh Kail and Democrat Teri Mitko each have a respectable list of qualifications, but they each have significantly different thoughts about how to solve the problems facing Beaver County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Our democracy works best when elections are preceded by a vigorous debate of ideas; Beaver Countians deserve to hear that debate unfold over the coming months before deciding for themselves which platform best represents their own ideals.

For this debate to occur, Democrats in the 15th Legislative District should write in “Terri Mitko” for “Representative In The General Assembly.”

John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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For the people
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For the people

Not getting my vote. I have my reasons.

Icanread
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Icanread

Good to have a choice, and I liked what she said at the gun town hall.

rick
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rick

I’ll vote for someone else thanks.

casimir
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casimir

I was really glad to see terri enter the race, especially because Alex Andres wasn’t ideal.

From talking to him, Kail definitely seems like a right winger, what he’s doing to get dems to write him in seems dishonest. He’s pretending to be a dem on his mailers, but he’s definitely not. It’s deceitful.

I hope Terri gets the write-in. She’d be good.

Cady Heron
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Cady Heron

Josh Kail is so scared that he is going to lose in November that he is sending registered dems post cards asking for their write-in votes with false labor support plastered all over it so he can run unopposed. Terri is an excellent well-qualified candidate and she has my vote!

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RHJ

Didn’t realize $1,000 donations to Mr. Kail from both the Laborers and Steamfitters was “false labor support.”