Democrat Josh Shapiro launches governor campaign in Johnstown, PA

JOHNSTOWN — Attorney General Josh Shapiro picked Republican-dominated Cambria County as ground zero for his general election campaign kickoff after breezing through his uncontested primary.

“This is an example of a community that I think too often times (has) been forgotten in our state capital, that I want to make real investments in,” the Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania governor said following a speech to a crowd of approximately 100 in the City of Johnstown. “I see the people here. I’ve listened to them, and I want to make sure I fight to make sure they have a better future, for their kids, for their schools, for our economy, for public safety, for our freedoms.

“This is the kind of community that matters so much in Pennsylvania, and I wanted to make sure we kicked off the general election here, tonight.”

Located in southwestern Pennsylvania, red-heavy Cambria County was a less-than-obvious choice for a Democrat from the eastern part of the commonwealth. Residents here voted 67%-30% for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016. They similarly voted 68%-31% for Trump over President Joe Biden in 2020.

But the Shapiro campaign may see opportunity for inroads in Cambria and similar mid-sized counties — not just because the politics of state senator and GOP gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano are considered to the right of even Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, but because voters here once voted consistently blue.

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“This is a community that has been left behind and ignored too often,” Shapiro press secretary Manuel Bonder said of Johnstown. “As Josh Shapiro runs for governor it is incredibly important to show up everywhere and tell folks that he’s going to be a governor for all Pennsylvanians.”

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