- Associated Press - Saturday, January 2, 2016

BELLE VERNON, Pa. (AP) - A woman who founded a company that make disposable baby bibs and changing pads is entering the Republican race for the 49th state House District in western Pennsylvania.

The (Washington) Observer-Reporter (https://bit.ly/1TvF660 ) reports Melanie Patterson will run against Donald “Bud” Patterson in the April 26 primary to decide who will face longtime Democrat incumbent state Rep. Pete Daley. Daley was first elected to the state House in 1982.

Patterson, a former school teachers, says she won’t accept taxpayer-funded per diems or pensions if elected, and will not vote to raise the salary of state representatives, who earn $84,012 annually.

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Information from: Observer-Reporter, https://www.observer-reporter.com

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