Election 2012: Mustio Vies for Re-Election, Pippy's Seat
State Rep. Mustio seeks re-election in the state's 44th legislative district and Pippy's seat in the state Senate.
State Rep. Mark Mustio said he began to mull his bid for the Pennsylvania Senate after his fellow Moon-based legislator, Sen. John Pippy, announced his intent to retire from state politics.
“I thought if John’s going to leave, I’m going to need someone who I can work with (in the state Senate),” Mustio said. “Well, I’m the one I can work with.”
Mustio, who was elected to the state House in a 2003 special election, is running for Pippy’s seat in the state Senate and for re-election in the state House’s 44th district.
Mustio entered the race for Pippy's seat after Allegheny County Councilman Vince Gastgeb, whom Mustio had endorsed, dropped out.
He is running unopposed for the Republican nomination for the 44th District in the April 24 primary but faces Republican opponents D. Raja, a Mt. Lebanon business owner, and Sue Means, a Bethel Park activist, in his bid for Pippy’s seat.
Moon resident Mark Scappe is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 44th District.
“It really all comes down to jobs,” Mustio said. “People are tired of losing their jobs overseas. When I’m going door-to-door I will meet parents whose kids are off to college, and they want to know that their kids are going to have the same opportunities that they did in this region.”
Prior to his term in the state house, Mustio was chairman of the Moon Township Board of Supervisors, an experience that he said has shaped his tenure in Harrisburg.
He said he broke with his party to vote “no” on state House Bill 1950, which stripped municipalities of the ability to regulate Marcellus shale drilling and levied an impact fee for drilling companies.
“The benefit that a former supervisor has is that you understand things at the municipal level,” he said. “My vote on the Marcellus shale bill was "no" because I think it’s important that local government have the ability to create those ordinances.”
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