Republican candidate announces run for state representative

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.