Oakmont councilwoman hopes to challenge Dermody for state House seat - Plum

Oakmont councilwoman hopes to challenge Dermody for state House seat

Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 9:21 PM

Carrie DelRosso, an Oakmont Republican and businesswoman, announced she’s seeking her party’s nomination for the state’s 33rd District House seat.

DelRosso, 44, grew up in Scranton and lives in Oakmont, where she runs a public affairs firm that provides services to private sector clients, school districts and municipalities.

Current clients include Penn Hills School District, Plum and Verona boroughs. She also served as Riverview School District’s public relations consultant.

State Rep. Frank Dermody, D-Oakmont, has held the seat since 1991. He defeated Republican challenger Joshua Nulph in the last election. Dermody is the House minority leader.

The primary election is April 28.

“My work with school districts has taught me the importance of focusing on the needs of the people in the Allegheny Valley,” DelRosso said. “Education is one of the biggest reasons why I’m running. It is a critical aspect of our community and a direct investment into its future. Despite rising property taxes, many school districts in the 33rd have fallen behind.”

DelRosso studied psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. She’s a mother of three children, all of whom attend Tenth Street Elementary in Oakmont.

She said she will bring a fresh perspective, reform-minded agenda, and laser-focus on local issues to the position while helping to promote a strong economy in the commonwealth.

“I will put all my energy into representing the Allegheny Valley in the Legislature,” DelRosso said. “We need to send Western Pennsylvania values to Harrisburg. I intend to do just that. The more doors I knock on, the more I hear how passionate those who live in the community are, and how they want change. …. And yes, it’s time for change.”