Former Congresswoman Melissa Hart today endorsed conservative Lawrence County businessman and farmer Aaron Bernstine for the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 10th district. This marks the first major endorsement in the Republican primary.
Hart, who served the 4th Congressional District, which encompasses the 10th State House district, was the first Republican woman to serve in the state’s congressional delegation. She also served in the Pennsylvania State Senate, winning the seat in an upset race in 1990.
“The ongoing scandal and budget gridlock in Harrisburg demands a fresh voice to speak to the conservative values and traditions of western Pennsylvania. In an atmosphere where government seems dysfunctional, Aaron Bernstine is a guy who can make it work,” Hart said.
Hart’s endorsement comes as the Bernstine campaign will report more than $25,000 raised in the fourth quarter of 2015, a large amount for the early stages of a first-time candidacy. Bernstine has held additional fundraisers since that date.
“I am humbled by the strong financial support, endorsements and large number of people who want to volunteer on our campaign from around the district,” Bernstine said.
Bernstine noted that his fundraising included 187 individual donors. “This shows we’re attracting a wide base of supporters. Many of our contributors have never donated to a political campaign. They are ready to be part of a movement that brings integrity and common sense to Harrisburg. I am honored to have them on our team,” he said.