Crossey announces challenge to Petrone in 27th district
Former Allegheny County Councilman Mike Crossey will challenge Democratic state Rep. Tom Petrone, Crafton HS Class of '55, D-West End, in the May primary.
Mr. Crossey, 55, a teacher at Keystone Oaks School District, was one of the original members of County Council in 2000. He resigned two years ago to run as a Mt. Lebanon resident against incumbent Republican state Rep. Tom Stevenson, of Mt. Lebanon, in the 42nd District, but he lost.
Mr. Crossey moved to Dormont a year ago and will challenge Mr. Petrone in the 27th District. Mr. Petrone has been in office since 1980.
In a news release, Mr. Crossey said he believes legislators "have done little for years except line their own pockets at the expense of the taxpayers." He said his first step if elected would be to introduce a bill to cut the Legislature in half.
Mr. Crossey said in an interview that there needs to be new leadership in Harrisburg, noting Mr. Petrone has been there for 25 years.
Mr. Petrone said he was "surprised" Mr. Crossey would run against him because he had supported Mr. Crossey in previous elections.
The district includes the West End of Pittsburgh, Dormont, Crafton, McKees Rocks, Neville, Ben Avon, Glenfield and part of Stowe.