Site Search


Share | |

Posted on March 9, 2016

Candidates Forum
7 p.m. March 22
South Wing, Convocation Center (note this new location!)

The League of Women Voters of Washington County, Pa., and the American Democracy Project at Cal U will host a candidates forum so voters can hear from Democratic and Republican candidates vying to represent the 49th Legislative District in the state House of Representatives.

All registered candidates seeking their party’s nomination in the April 26 primary election have been invited to attend the forum. They are:


  • Alan D. Benyak
  • Donn R. Henderson
  • Randy J. Barli
  • Brendan Anthony Garay
  • Robert Kepics
  • Mark L. Alterici


  • Donald Cook
  • Melanie S. Patterson 

The candidates hope to succeed state Rep. Peter J. Daley, who is retiring after 17 terms in office. Daley, who has been a member of the state House since 1983, is a Cal U alumnus and a former member of the University’s Council of Trustees.

Register to vote

Students from the American Democracy Project and Cal Campaign Consultants will conduct a voter registration drive in conjunction with the candidates forum.

All citizens, including Cal U students, are encouraged to register so they can cast their ballots in state and federal elections.

March 28 is the deadline to register before Pennsylvania’s primary election on April 26, 2016. Register online or download a voter registration form

Join us

Admission to the candidates forum is free; area residents are invited to attend. Visitor parking will be available.

Get directions and campus maps

About the League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of Washington County is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. Education and advocacy are also part of its mission. Any person of voting age, male or female, may become a member. The Washington, Pa., chapter is affiliated with both the state and national League of Women Voters organizations.

About the American Democracy Project

The American Democracy Project is a multi-campus initiative focused on higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. Focused on undergraduates at public colleges and universities, the American Democracy Project has created a collaborative network of 220 public colleges and universities, representing more than 1.7 million students, that are member institutions of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). The American Democracy Project has been active at Cal U since 2003.