Robert Matzie, State House District – 16
Rep. Robert F. “Rob” Matzie, is a lifelong resident of Ambridge and a graduate of Ambridge Area High School. Prior to his election to the House in 2008, Matzie worked as a state Senate staff member for 14 years, served as mayor of Ambridge and was elected to the Democratic State Committee to represent Beaver County.
Matzie was the Democratic champion of the successful effort to bring the Shell ethane cracker plant to Southwest Pennsylvania.While recognizing and encouraging the continued development of his region’s rich natural resources, Matzie remains a staunch advocate of environmental safeguards and water protection. As a result of his voting record, legislative initiatives and oft-repeated belief that “being pro-environment as well as being in favor of energy projects are not mutually exclusive,” he was named a House Environmental Champion by the Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, Clean Water Action, the Sierra Club’s state chapter and PennEnvironment.
During his tenure in the legislature, Matzie has served on House committees such as Commerce, Consumer Affairs, Gaming Oversight, Health, Local Government, Policy, Tourism and Recreational Development, Insurance, and Transportation. In January 2019, he was named the Democratic chairman of the powerful House Consumer Affairs Committee. The committee has legislative oversight over all utilities in the commonwealth, as well as large areas of energy production and transportation services.
Bob Williams, State House District – 15
Bob Williams, a proud Western PA native, has lived in Beaver County his whole life. After graduating from Beaver Area High School, Williams joined the Marine Corp and was honorably discharged 7 years later. He decided to head home to Western Pennsylvania, where he and his wife, Bernadette Williams, raised their three children.
Since moving back to Western PA, Williams has proven that he is a natural-born leader who cares about giving back to the community that has helped him all his life. He’s been at Hussey Copper for 22 years and is very active and involved in his union, United Steelworkers Local 1211. Because of his hard work, Williams is now a shop steward. He has given his time not just to his local union but to his community, two, serving on not one but two volunteer fire departments: Beaver and Brighton Township.
Williams is an advocate for workers’ rights and has a passion for helping his colleagues find their voice in the workplace. He is a dedicated worker who is eager to bring change to Western PA as your next state representative in the 15th House District.
Zac Wilson, State House District – 14
Zachary Wilson is a lifelong resident of New Sewickley Township and a proud graduate of Freedom High School and Penn State (B.S. Biology). He is running for office to give the residents of the 14th House District an advocate and an active voice in Harrisburg. Wilson is passionate about many issues, but specifically he wants every student in Pennsylvania to get the best possible education; to ease the tax burden for members of the middle class; and to ensure that Pennsylvania protects his unions and never becomes a so-called “Right to Work” state.
Kolbe Cole, State House District – 10
Kolbe Cole is a 34-year-old mother of two amazing children. She is a resident of Beaver Falls and proud graduate of New Brighton Area High School and Youngstown State University (Criminal Justice). Cole has a professional background in adolescent mental health and is a former drug and alcohol counselor. She currently works for TRAILS Ministries as a Community Youth Coordinator, where she works very closely with other nonprofits and community agencies to provide social and hope-building activities and opportunities. One of her favorite activities at TRAILS Ministries is the Girls Group she leads on Sundays, where women and girls unite in conversation.
Cole is also very committed to her community of Beaver Falls. She is a board member of the Beaver Falls Community Development Corporation, where she heads an exciting project called Heart and Soul. She is also on the board of the Neighborhood North Museum of Play, a children’s museum coming to the area, as well as a member of The Beaver Falls Zoning Hearing Board.
Cole is running for office because she wants there to be true representation of the entire 10th House District in Harrisburg, and she wants to show the next generation what kind of leaders the community needs them to become.
Stephen Krizan, PA State Senate District – 47
Stephen Krizan, 63, is a 1975 Monaca High School graduate and a general Teamsters foreman for Great Arrow Builders, currently working at the Shell Chemicals ethane cracker plant site in Potter Township. For 25 years, Krizan owned and operated Journey Cartage Co., where he taught CDL classes and diesel mechanics, and was involved in logistics and hauling. His company had offices in Monaca and Leetsdale.
Krizan has worked for the Monaca recreation department, served on the zoning and variance boards, and continues to be a volunteer firefighter.
Krizan’s top issues are education, transportation, jobs, and the environment. He wants to look at funding for public education and the effect charter and cyber schools have on it. He believes officials must work to ensure that permanent trade jobs come to the county since the construction jobs at the Shell plant are temporary. He believes state leaders must balance job growth with ensuring clean air, land and water. And Krizan believes all the residents of the 14th Senatorial District deserve fair and equal representation.
Congressman Conor Lamb, PA Congressional District – 17
Congressman Lamb is running for his second term as Congressman for the 17th District. Learn more at his website.