For Immediate Release
April 24, 2018
HARRISBURG - ChamberPAC, the political arm of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, today announced its endorsement of four state House candidates, three of whom are running in the upcoming Special Election and one candidate who is running in the Primary Election on Tuesday, May 15.
In Special Elections, ChamberPAC has endorsed Tim O’Neal, the Republican candidate in the 48th state House District; Wendi Thomas, the Republican candidate in the 178th House District; and Clint Owlett, the Republican candidate in the 68th House District. In the Primary Election for the 44th House District, ChamberPAC has endorsed Republican candidate Valerie Gaydos.
“To move Pennsylvania’s economy forward, we need elected representatives in Harrisburg who are committed to strengthening the state’s competitive edge and advancing policies that will encourage private sector investment and job creation,” said PA Chamber President Gene Barr. “Tim O’Neal, Wendi Thomas, Clint Owlett and Valerie Gaydos all share these ideals and have the experience and leadership skills necessary to effectively represent their constituents in the halls of the state Capitol. On behalf of the Pennsylvania Chamber’s broad-based membership, ChamberPAC urges voters in these districts to support these candidates in the upcoming Special and Primary Elections.”
The PA Chamber is the state’s largest, broad-based business advocacy organization, representing businesses of all sizes across all industry sectors. More information about ChamberPAC’s endorsed candidates is included below.
A native of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Tim O’Neal is a U.S. Army veteran, having served as a Ranger in Afghanistan. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and has a background in the energy and construction industries.
Wendie Thomas was born and raised in southeastern Pennsylvania and holds a degree from Gettysburg College. She served on the Council Rock School Board for four terms, holding the positions of president and vice president during that time.
Born and raised on a dairy farm in Tioga County, Clint Owlett has experience in business, agriculture and community service. He formed a construction and decorative concrete business in 2012 and currently serves on the New Covenant Academy School Board.
Valerie Gaydos is a business owner from Aleppo Township in Allegheny County. She has experience at the federal and state government levels, having interned for the late U.S. Senator John H. Heinz III and serving as an aide to former state Sen. D. Michael Fisher.
The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is the state's largest broad-based business association, with its statewide membership comprising businesses of all sizes and across all industry sectors. The PA Chamber is The Statewide Voice of BusinessTM.
ChamberPAC is a bipartisan political action committee of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, whose purpose is to contribute to pro-job, pro-growth candidates who believe in business's rights to compete on an equal basis in the world marketplace. ChamberPAC is governed by a board of directors consisting of volunteer business leaders.