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Meet Our Republican Candidates

Local & Statewide


Carolyn Carluccio

Supreme Court

Judge Carolyn Carluccio is the incumbent Common Pleas Judge from Montgomery County who will bring unmatched experience, proven temperament, and unquestionable impartiality to Pennsylvania’s highest court.
Judge Carluccio was elected to the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court in November of 2009, where she served with distinction on the family, criminal, and civil court benches. Last year, she was unanimously chosen by her peers to serve as the Court’s first female President Judge in the county’s history. Judge Carluccio earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson College and her Juris Doctor Degree from Delaware Law School.


Harry Smail Jr.

Superior Court

Judge Harry Smail Jr. has been a Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas judge for more than eight years. Judge Smail was appointed to the court by former Governor Tom Corbett in 2014 and was unanimously confirmed by the State Senate. Smail’s rulings have shaped the application of the law regarding land use and energy development, the Second Amendment, election law, and other areas. Judge Smail has also served as the Elections Judge in Westmoreland County, overseeing recounts and petition challenges, among other issues. In 2020, He presided over critical election law cases that upheld essential anti-fraud requirements for casting a mail-in ballot. Judge Smail is a graduate of Grove City College and Duquesne University School of Law.


Maria Battista

Superior Court

Maria Battista has more than 15 years of legal experience in civil, criminal, and administrative law and is a former Assistant District Attorney. She is also a skilled mediator and public speaker.
As a Commonwealth attorney, Battista was counsel in the Departments of Health and State. For three years, Battista was a hearing examiner where she presided over hundreds of cases, including for the Department of Corrections and Probation and Parole. Those who know her best have found her to have a strong legal mind, while still showing compassion. Battista has been a presenter for continuing legal education courses in mediation, oral arguments before appellate courts, and health care matters. She plans to use her diverse legal and educational background to establish an office that is efficient, accountable, and transparent.


Megan Martin

Commonwealth Court

Megan Martin will bring a deep respect for our republic, an understanding of the separation of powers, and a reverence for the rule of law to our Commonwealth Court.
Martin has the unique distinction of having served in all three branches of our state government and as an attorney for the United States Navy. Martin made history when she became the first woman to serve as the Pennsylvania Senate’s Secretary-Parliamentarian. There, she managed the legislative process with diligence and care for more than a decade, ensuring that the constitution, laws, and rules of the Senate were followed throughout the legislative process. Martin will be a fair and impartial jurist who will stand up for constitutional rights, will not legislate from the bench, but instead apply the law as it was written by the General Assembly.


Joe Rockey

Allegheny County Executive

Joe Rockey is running to be the next Allegheny County Executive – a role to which he brings a lifetime of community service and a deep understanding of how to build consensus and get things done.
The 58-year-old Ohio Township executive’s life journey began in a working-class home on a hill in Pittsburgh’s North Side, where he worked his way through school and rose in the business world to become a top executive at one of the nation’s leading financial institutions.


Sam Demarco

Allegheny County Councilman At-Large

Councilman Sam DeMarco was first elected in November of 2015. He is a North Fayette Township resident and the Chairman of the Republican Caucus of Allegheny County Council, serving in that role since January 2018. He is the Chairman of the Appointment Review Committee and sits on the Executive, Budget & Finance, Economic Development & Housing, Public Works and Public Safety committees as well.


Herb Ohliger

Allegheny County Treasurer

Herb is currently the Treasurer for the Allegheny County Republican Party.


Bob Howard

Allegheny County Controller

Bob is currently the chair of the Marshall Township Republican Party.

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Steve Zappala

Allegheny County District Attorney

Steve is running for re-election as Allegheny County District Attorney.

As District Attorney, Steve is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for the county and is responsible for seeking justice on a daily basis for the citizens of the county. In addition, he is also charged with protecting the rights of our society and the individuals who make up that society.


Mike Embrescia

Allegheny Council Seat 5

Mike is running for Allegheny Council for district 5 which covers Mt. Lebanon, Bethel Park, Dormont, and Upper St. Clair.


Mark Derubeis

Mt. Lebanon Commissioner Ward 1

Mark is the CEO of Premier Medical Associates in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is married to wife Dana and they are parents
of one son. Mark was born and raised in the city of Pittsburgh and graduated from Central Catholic. He attended Duquesne University for both his undergraduate degree and his MBA. Mark has been a proud Mt. Lebanon resident since 2014.


Dave Boyce

Mt. Lebanon Commissioner Ward 3

Dave is the CEO of Bloom Engineering. He is married to Marjon and has three sons ages 15, 13, and 5. Dave was born in 
Houston, Texas and raised in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He attended Grove City College and Penn State University where he earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering. Dave has lived and worked around the US, as well as overseas in Germany and Belgium. He and his family settled in Mt. Lebanon in 2015.


Josh Elliott

Mt. Lebanon Commissioner Ward 5

Josh is a Sales Engineer in the HVAC industry. He is married to Meaghan with three children, ages 12, 10, and 6. He was
born in Huntsville, Alabama and came to Pittsburgh at a young age via his father’s career with PPG. Josh has bled black and gold ever since! He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and has lived in Mt. Lebanon since 2011. Locally, Josh also coaches CrossFit with Mecka Fitness.

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Hannah Fiumara

Mt. Lebanon School Director

Hannah is seeking the Republican nomination for the Mt. Lebanon school board.


Kathy Lopez

Mt. Lebanon School Director

Kathy is seeking the Republican nomination for the Mt. Lebanon school board.

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