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May 23, 2024

Chelcie Alcorn, 814-450-6648,

Wertz builds momentum in the race for Senate District 49 with help from local union members

Erie, PA —  On Wednesday night, Jim Wertz, the Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania Senate District 49, was the honoree and keynote speaker at the Erie Crawford Central Labor Council’s (CLC) annual scholarship award dinner. Wertz received the John David Dever Memorial Award for his “outstanding service, dedication, and leadership in Erie County.” Wertz continues to build momentum in the race and earn the support of unions from across Erie County.

You can always count on Jim Wertz to defend the union way of life,” said retired PSEA member Sam Talarico in a speech praising Wertz. “He understands the importance of human dignity for all workers and will protect the less powerful and underrepresented, prioritize issues that affect all workers, and will utilize his position, as he always has, to advance the cause of organized labor.”

“I’m humbled to receive the CLC Community Service Award,” said Wertz in his remarks. We’ve campaigned with Labor for candidates and campaigns, walked the picket lines for APSCUF and others, and tried to contribute as a family and with our friends in ways large and small. So, now as we turn the corner in what I hope to be my best chance to serve Erie, I look forward to the next steps, in solidarity, for each of us and for Erie.”

Wertz continues to rack up labor support and build momentum in the race with endorsements from the American Federation of Teachers PA (AFT), PA State Education Association (PSEA), Roofers Local 210, Firefighters Local 293, Teamsters Local 397 & Joint Council 40, Roofers Local 210, Machinists Local 1211, and the Eastern Atlantic State Regional Council of Carpenters.

recent poll shows Wertz with a clear path to victory over incumbent Republican Dan Laughlin. The general election will take place on Tuesday, November 5th.


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Jim Wertz is the only candidate in this race who will actually stand up for expanding access to abortion health care and your reproductive freedom.

Adam Hosey
Political Director of PPPA PAC

Jim is clear in his dedication as an educator, his work in the field over the past several years as party chair bringing folks together, increasing the number of folks participating. We are three seats short of a majority, and we have a tremendous opportunity in Erie.

Sen. Jay Costa
Minority Leader, PA State Senate

The men and women of NABET-CWA Local 58028 proudly endorse Jim Wertz for Pennsylvania State Senate – His unwavering commitment to working people and collective bargaining rights is outstanding and is badly needed in the state senate. We will do what it takes to see that his campaign is successful.

Mike Prince
President, NABET-CWA Local 58028

Erie County needs an aggressive State Senator, someone who’ll fight for Millcreek and all of Erie County, not blindly follow political party directives. We can count on Jim Wertz to do what’s right and protect our rights. From voting rights to reproductive rights to workers rights, we need Jim Wertz.

Brian McGrath
Fmr. Millcreek Township Supervisor

I fully support Jim’s candidacy because as an educator at a public institution, he understands the challenges parents and children face looking for greater opportunities through education. He is a strong supporter of unions and voter participation and will fight for working Americans and the future of our children.

Amanda M. Frantz-Mamani
Edinboro Borough Councilmember

I support Jim Wertz to flip this senate seat because he has deep roots in our community and throughout Erie County. Jim is the people’s candidate who has been doing the work on the ground helping others get elected to office for years. He helped me and so many others get elected it’s only right we support him in his efforts to be our next Senator. Jim has my support 100% and I hope my community support will support him as well.

Jasmine Flores
Member of Erie City Council

I am standing behind Jim Wertz as he has shown time and time again that he believes in people over profit, that Unions strengthen communities, that every child deserves access to quality public education, and that our democracy is not for sale. Jim will fight for all of us in Harrisburg.

Tyler Titus
Member of Erie City Council

My relationship with Jim primarily revolves around having daughters the same age, something our conversations reflect. In our years of friendship, we have had many conversations about values and the future we want to leave our children. That is why I confidently endorse Jim Wertz for State Senate.

Chuck Nelson
Member of Erie City Council

I wholeheartedly endorse Jim Wertz for Pennsylvania State Senate. I have known Jim for 25+ years and with his dedicated leadership in the Democratic Party in Erie, he has proven his commitment to advancing democratic values. His experience and accomplishments make him the right choice to defend and strengthen our democracy.

Chris Drexel
Member of County Council

Jim’s enduring leadership and commitment to a brighter future have inspired so many people like me to step forward and lead. I’m looking forward to the entire commonwealth getting to experience the impact of Jim’s leadership, which has meant so much to me.

Rock Copeland
Member of County Council

I happily endorse Jim Wertz for State Senate. His unwavering toughness, tireless work ethic, and authentic personality shine through in his dedication to our community’s needs. He’s the ideal choice to represent us at the state level.

Terry Scutella
Member of County Council

As a Marine and as Sheriff, I’ve always valued leaders with a strong sense of duty. Jim has led with a sense of duty, and I am confident that his commitment to our community will make him an effective leader in the State Senate. That’s why I ask for your vote for Jim Wertz this year.

Chris Campanelli
Erie County Sheriff

Elections, leadership, words, and laws matter. I ask for your vote for Jim Wertz. He will fight for quality education and protection of women and voter rights. Your vote counts and will be counted.

Joyce Savocchio
Fmr. Mayor of the City of Erie

Jim and I come from similar backgrounds: parents who juggled to raise families while putting food on the table, being the first in our family to go to college, and a passion for public service that started at a young age. In the time I’ve known Jim, I’ve been impressed by his work ethic and dedication to doing what’s right even if it’s not the most popular. As President of the State Senate, I know how important it is that we have state senators who are dedicated to delivering for all Pennsylvanians, and I know Jim Wertz will be a leader who delivers in the State Senate.

Austin Davis
Pennsylvania Lt. Governor