U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly/File photo
Announced today by U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly’s campaign:
Mike Kelly for Congress Announces Campaign Co-Chairs and Staff
Butler, PA — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) today announced Micaela May-Vrabel, Jeff Smith, Sean Parnell and Wade Root will chair his 2014 re-election campaign.
“After two terms of fighting to rein in frivolous spending and bring commonsense solutions to Washington made problems, I am proud to have the continued support of Micaela, Jeff, Sean and Wade. These Co-Chairs, respected leaders in Western Pennsylvania, share my concern for the future of this country and our local communities. I look forward to working with them to ensure that the Third District’s hard work ethic and values are represented in Washington.”
Co-Chair Micaela May Vrabel (Grove City)
Born and raised in Grove City, Micaela has been the proud owner of Beans on Broad since 2009. In addition, Micaela is a fourth generation employee of her family’s business, the George J. Howe Company, established 1927. In her free time, Micaela serves on the board of the Grove City Arts Council and is active in both the Grove City Chamber of Commerce and Olde Town Grove City.
Co-Chair Jeff Smith (Butler)
Jeffis the former Butler County Republican Committee Chairman. A long time municipal official, Smith is currently the Treasurer for the City of Butler and the Executive Director of the Butler County Council of Governments. He was formerly the President of Harmony Borough Council for 10 years where he was recognized as 2008’s Councilman of the Year in Pennsylvania. Active in the community, Jeff serves as a Trustee at Slippery Rock University, the Secretary of North Trails Library Friends Board in West Sunbury, and is a member of the City of Butler’s Stadium Authority. He has been employed by PPG Industries for the past 38 years.
Co-Chair Sean Parnell (Cranberry Township)
Sean is a former U.S. Army airborne ranger who served with the elite 10th Mountain Division before retiring in 2010 as a captain. He endured 485 days of fierce fighting along the Afghan-Pakistan border before being wounded in action on June 10, 2006. He received two Bronze Stars (one for valor) and the Purple Heart. His platoon remains one of the most decorated Army units since 9-11. Upon leaving the Army, Sean authored the New York Times bestselling book, Outlaw Platoon. He currently serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation and is a Co-Founder of the American Warrior Initiative, a program that awards mortgage free homes to wounded veterans. Sean is also a Senior Advisor to Concerned Veterans for America, and is regular contributor on Fox News and other national media outlets.
Co-Chair Wade Root (Millcreek Township)
Wade resides in Millcreek Township and has been heavily involved in organizations throughout Erie County for years. The account executive for Hubbard-Bert Inc. also serves on the board of the Erie County Historical Society, is active in the Erie County Young Conservatives, serves as the Corbett Team’s Small Business Coordinator and was formerly the Erie County Republican Committee’s Millcreek Township Chairman.
In addition, the campaign has announced the hiring of key staff members: Jeff Rein, Campaign Manager; Veronica Cardello, Grassroots Coordinator; and Michael Walter, Grassroots Coordinator.
“These hires represent a talented and organized team that will help communicate my commitment to restoring the American people’s faith and trust in their government.”
Kelly was elected to his first term representing Pennsylvania’s 3rd Congressional District in November, 2010, after decades of running a successful family business. Kelly is running for re-election to continue working to advance an economic agenda that will grow jobs through a fairer tax system and to promote and preserve our home-grown energy resources.