• The Petition Period Is In Full Swing!

    By Citizens for Jason Ortitay on February 26, 2014

    The Petition Circulation Period for candidates seeking the 2014 Ballot began on February 18th and runs until March 11th. If you are interested in helping Jason circulate his petition (circulator must be a registered Republican residing within the 46th District), or would like to sign his petition (signatory must be a registered Republican residing within the 46th District), please visit our Volunteer Tab for more information, or contact jbarron@citizensforjasonortitay.com or call 412-498-6692 for more information.

    Help Jason make the 46th District a better place!

  • GOP slate includes challenger for 49th District

    By Citizens for Jason Ortitay on February 2, 2014
    Form left, Camera Bartolotta, Jason Ortitay, Washington County Republican Chairman William Merrell and Donald “Bud” cook are shown after a party meeting Tuesday night at Lone Pine Country Club.
    Barbara Miller / Observer-Reporter

    Donald “Bud” Cook, clad in a nearly neon windbreaker, stands out in a crowd.

    “You’ll be seeing a lot of this green jacket,” said Cook, 57, of Coal Center, who announced during a bitterly cold Tuesday night meeting of the Washington County Republican Committee at Lone Pine Country Club that he intends to challenge incumbent Democratic Rep. Pete Daley for the 49th District State House seat.

    Cook, a 1974 graduate of California Area High School, holds a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, W.Va., where he served two, two-year terms on Buckhannon City Council.

    He moved back to Washington County in 1990, retiring from publishing information for life insurance associations in 2009 and founding 1BCEP e-marketing, which stands for Bud Cook, executive professional.

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  • Republican candidate announces run for state representative

    By Jason Ortitay on February 2, 2014

    An Avella Area High School alumnus has announced his candidacy for state representative in the 46th District. Jason Ortitay, of Bridgeville, will be running on the Republican side in next year’s primary election.

    Ortitay formerly worked in management at PNC Bank and is now the owner and president of Jason’s Cheesecake Co., which provides fundraising opportunities throughout Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

    Ortitay said he believes there are many opportunities in the 46th District for education, business, career training and development.

    “We all have an important role to play in the development of these opportunities,” Ortitay said in a news release. “I will ensure that your voices, interests and concerns are heard and addressed.”

    Ortitay earned a business administration degree from Robert Morris University in 2004 and an MBA from Stetson University in 2005. He is a board member of Burgettstown Area Community Development Corp. and a committee member of Project Bundle Up. He also is founder of the “Speaker Survivor Series,” which promotes charitable causes, and the John J. Ortitay Entrepreneur Scholarship for high school seniors interested in business.

    On the Democratic side, Burgettstown attorney Paul Walsh and Cecil Township Supervisor Tom Casciola are running against incumbent Jesse White.

    The reapportioned 46th District will include Canton, Mt. Pleasant, Robinson and Smith townships in Washington County, plus Burgettstown and Midway. The 46th District’s territory expands into Collier and South Fayette townships in Allegheny County, along with Bridgeville, Heidelberg, Oakdale and all of McDonald Borough.