U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly and U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson have picked up another endorsement in their bids for re-election.
Kelly, of Butler, R-3rd Dist., and Thompson, Howard Township, Centre County, R-5th Dist., gained the backing of The National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s leading small-business association.
Kevin Shivers, executive state director of NFIB Pennsylvania, said in a statement, that the group supports candidates who support small business. He said that both Kelly and Thompson, who split the representation of Erie County, earned 100 percent voting records so far in Congress.
He said that both congressmen have “supported Main Street Pennsylvania by consistently voting for legislation that would help our small businesses grow and create jobs.”
NFIB has 15,000 small business members in Pennsylvania representing a cross-section of the state’s economy. Its endorsements come from NFIB’s Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust, the association’s political action committee, and are based on positions regarding small-business issues including health care, taxes, and labor and regulatory issues.
Both Kelly and Dan LaVallee, his Democratic opponent in the Nov. 4 election, are unopposed for their respective party’s nominations in the May 20 primary.
Thompson is unopposed for the GOP nomination May 20. His general election opponent will be one of two Democrats: Kerith Strano Taylor of Brookville, or Thomas Tarantella, of Renovo, Clinton County.
– John Guerriero