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Erie Democrat enters race for 16th congressional district

October 11, 2019 News Extra

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Kristy Gnibus, a now declared candidate for the 2020 U.S. House race.

A mother, teacher and cancer survivor is the second Democrat to declare she's running for her party's nomination to take on U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-16th, in 2020.

Kristy Gnibus, 35, of Erie County, officially announced her candidacy for Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district on Thursday.

In a phone interview after she finished teaching Thursday afternoon, Gnibus told the Butler Eagle that she thinks her life experiences orient her well to serve the district in elected office.

“My experiences are my expertise,” Gnibus said. “Every single issue that is at the forefront for most Americans, I've dealt with firsthand as so many others have.”

The decision to run, Gnibus said, came both out of her own interest in politics and a desire to replace Kelly.

This is an excerpt — read our full interview with Gnibus in Friday's Butler Eagle.

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