GOP Senate candidate Steve Urban got together with friends and supporters last week at Wilkes-Barre’s Westmoreland Club for a cocktail party. The event raised $17,000 towards Urban’s effort to replace retiring Senator Ray Musto in Pennsylvania’s 14th Senatorial District.
Examiner interview with Urban
How did the event go tonight?
“I think it went very well tonight. We had a great turnout, over a hundred people here this evening. It was a good group of people, a mix of Republicans and Democrats,” Urban said.
On fund raising
“Tonight is a good start,” Urban said. “We received a lot of generous contributions from good people in the community. These people all live within the county. How do I compete with Representative Yudichak? Well first of all he spent a lot of money. I look at the makeup of the district. There are 52 municipalities in the district. He is currently a State Rep. in ten of those municipalities. The other 42 are open. I represent about 30 of those communities as a County Commissioner. I’ve been around this county for the last eleven years as a commissioner. People know who I am, they trust me. I think Senator Gordner said it right tonight, “Steve Urban is a guy you can trust, a guy you can trust in the court house, a guy you can trust in the Senate, and we need honest people to go to Harrisburg” and represent the people of the three counties in the 14th district.”
Strategy on winning
“The first time I ran as a candidate for County Commissioner in this county I spent a little over $3000 and beat an incumbent,” Urban said. “My message is I work everyday. I work at being the best that I can. I go to events in this county, whether it is a private, non-profit event, whether it’s a social event, whethere it’s a private organization, whether it’s a birthday party, or a personal care home or a nursing home, or a senior citizens’ center. I’m visible in the community, and that’s how people get to know you. I think in my 11 years of service, people got to know me as an hoset public official in this county. I think that resonates.”
“I was down at a fair in Pocono Township, at the firemen’s fair in early July,” Urban continued. “I was walking around, and a lady says, “I know you, you’re that guy I see on TV up in Luzerne County. You’re the good commissioner up there fighting the corruption.” People know that. They know that in Carbon County. Another factor is that I ran for Congress before, and I have good name recognition in Monroe and Carbon counties, and in Luzerne county, which make up this district. I think running for Congress helped me win my seat as Commissioner. I continue to engage people and keep in contact with people in those other counties, and I’m going to continue to do that, and that’s what it’s about, and that’s how you beat someone. John doesn’t have much name recognition. His name recogonition is limited to his district.”
“I heard last week, he was still sending a frank out using his House of Representative’s office,” Urban added. “That tells a lot. Here’s a guy who’s been in there for 11 years, representing a district, and that district represents only 10 of the 52 municipalities that make up the Senate district, and he’s having to send a frank out using taxpayer money close to the election to get his message out to the people within his district. I think John is also a part of the old guard. Although he is a young state representative, he is part of the old guard. He wrote personal letters supporting Greg Skrepenak and Todd Vonderhied when thye ran for commissioner, not knowing anything about these guys. Never said a word during the judicial scandals that took place and the corruption in this county. He remained silent all along. I think people will remember him for not saying anything. So that’s how you get the message out.”
Urban faces Democratic State Rep. John Yudichak. Pennsylvania’s 14th Senatorial district covers 14 communities in Carbon County, including Lehighton, Jim Thorpe, and Weatherly Boroughs; two townships in Monroe County; and 35 communities in Luzerne County, including the cities of Hazleton, Nanticoke, Wilkes-Barre, and Hazleton. A full listing of the communities and a map of the 14th is available here: Pennsylvania’s 14th Senatorial District
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