Pittsburgh, PA â€" Pittsburgh business leader and community advocate Laura Ellsworth announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination for Governor today.
"Iâ€™m running for Governor of Pennsylvania because Iâ€™m tired of politicians treating us like we are stupid. For too long, too many politicians like our Governor have fallen in love with their own voices and confused process with actual progress. Weâ€™ve all heard enough talk â€" itâ€™s time for action,â€ Ellsworth said. â€œDuring my career in the private sector Iâ€™ve been a solutions oriented leader, creating diverse coalitions to tackle major problems. Thatâ€™s exactly the approach Iâ€™ll bring to Harrisburg. As Governor my priority will be people, not politics. For me, being Governor is about doing something not being somebody.â€
Ellsworth went on to say, â€œAs Governor my number one priority will be to create good paying jobs right here in the Commonwealth. Pennsylvania has the opportunity to be an economic powerhouse if only our elected officials focused on solutions, not on their next elected office."
Laura Ellsworth was the first Partner-in-Charge of Global Community Service Initiatives at the international law firm Jones Day, spearheading the firm’s initiatives around the world. Her professional biography can be found here.
Laura is active in civic and community affairs, serving on the board and executive committee of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and chair of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, chair of the Youth Policy Council, vice-chair of the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, and past chair of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council. You can learn more about Laura here.
Laura and her husband Bruce live outside Pittsburgh and have been married for nearly 25 years. They are the proud parents of a 20-year-old son, Matthew, who currently attends college.