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Hafer Gets Key Union Support Against Murphy

Government affairs consultant Beth Hafer has received the endorsement of the Communication Workers of America in her bid for the Democratic nomination in the 18th Congressional district. Hafer is the daughter of former state Auditor Barbara Hafer (D).

“A union member herself, Beth Hafer is a passionate and tenacious advocate for Pennsylvania’s families,” said Jim Short, the union’s district vice president, in a statement. The union’s 13th district represents approximately 10,000 workers in the greater Pittsburgh area.

Hafer will face Pittsburgh seafood market owner Dan Wholey, businessman Steve O’Donnell and Brien Wall, who works in the insurance industry, among others, for the Democratic nomination.

The winner will face Rep. Tim Murphy (R), a three-term Member who won his district with 58 percent of the vote in 2006. In the past Democrats have not targeted the 18th district, but as Pennsylvania — and Pittsburgh in particular — consistently vote more Democratic, more attention has been placed on Murphy’s suburban district.

— Shira Toeplitz

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