I will bring common sense, conservative leadership to Harrisburg to address the challenges we face in Harrisburg, and make a positive difference for our community.

UNIONTOWN, PA – Uniontown small businessman and longtime community volunteer Matthew Dowling today announced that he is running for Pennsylvania’s 51st state House District.

“Here at home, I have a proven record of helping to create jobs, developing a budget and controlling costs, and working to make our community stronger,” Dowling said. “I will bring these common sense, conservative skills to Harrisburg to address the challenges we face on vital issues like controlling taxes, attracting jobs, strengthening education, and more.”

Dowling founded his own small business, Coordinated 360, nearly a decade ago, and has worked for eight years as Development Director for the Boy Scouts of America Westmoreland Council, where he helps coordinate the delivery of youth development programs. Dowling has taken an unpaid leave from the Boy Scouts to run for the seat and is currently providing consulting services to local small businesses. He believes his experience operating a small business will play an important part in his effort to attract jobs to the area.

“The people of Fayette and Somerset Counties deserve good-paying jobs. Unlike the career politicians, I have actually created jobs and know what works and what doesn’t,” Dowling stated. “This real world experience is something I will bring to Harrisburg to spark the job creation our community needs.”

Dowling also pointed to his business experience as vital in the fight to protect taxpayers. “In the real world, you spend only what you have and work to control costs. That’s something that too many people in Harrisburg don’t seem to understand,” Dowling explained. “I’ve faced the challenges of making ends meet, creating and sticking to budget, and meeting a payroll. These are skills I will use to bring strong fiscal discipline to Harrisburg and oppose the Governor’s disastrous tax-and-spend proposals.”

Dowling also pointed to his personal background as something that will help him work for the priorities of the 51st District.

“I’m a husband and a father of two young children. I go to work everyday to support my family. I worry about the same things as everyone else in our community, and face the same everyday challenges. That is an understanding that will drive the decisions I make in Harrisburg,” Dowling explained.

Dowling, 31, is a graduate of Uniontown Area High School and Waynesburg University. He and his wife Rebecca, an optician with Martinelli Eye and Lazar Center, have two young children: Wilbert Pierce and Preston. They attend Saint Therese Roman Catholic Church.

Dowling and his wife created a fund in conjunction with the Community Foundation of Fayette that helps raise funding for local non-profits; together, they founded the annual “Share the Spirit” event that has provided tens of thousands of dollars to help the people of our community.

Dowling is also an active member of Rotary, serving as the current District Governor for a seven county district, a current member of the Uniontown Planning Commission, an active member and former Director of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce, and a former member of the Fayette County MHMR (now Behavioral Services) Board.

“I grew up in this community and chose to settle here and raise my family. I am deeply committed to this area and have always tried to ‘pay it forward’ through my work with numerous local organizations,” Dowling said. “Running to serve the people of the 51st District is a continuation of my desire to help others.”

David Slusarick of Jeannette, Pa., and formerly of Uniontown, has worked with Dowling for more than 13 years, including a stint as Creative Director for Coordinated 360.

“It’s been refreshing to work alongside Matthew Dowling,” Slusarick said. “He brings a can-do attitude, fresh ideas, and a clear plan for putting them into action. He loves the area and cares about it’s future. That has always been what drives him.”

Dowling believes his upbringing, involvement in the community, and professional background reflect the views of the people of the 51st District.

“I am a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment and am pro-life. I believe people – not government – make the best decisions for themselves. I know that families should be able to keep more of their hard earned money,” Dowling said. “We need to change Harrisburg so it reflects our needs and ideas instead of the politicians’ and special interests’, and that’s what I’ll work to do.”