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Erin McClelland

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Erin McClelland
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 12
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolSt. Joseph High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Pittsburgh
Master'sChatham University, 2003
ProfessionPsychologist, Businesswoman
Campaign website
Erin McClelland campaign logo
Erin McClelland was a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 12th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.[1][2] She won the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014[3] Erin McClelland lost the general election on November 4, 2014.


McClelland earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2002, she began a private practice specializing in addiction prevention and treatment. McClelland received her M.S. in counseling psychology from Chatham University in 2003. She then worked as the practice improvement collaborative manager for the Institute of Research Education and Training in Addiction (IRETA). McClelland developed Arche Wellness, an orthomolecular addiction treatment program, in 2006.[4]


Campaign themes


McClelland's campaign website listed the following issues:[5]

  • Economy
Excerpt: "As a small business owner, entrepreneur, and the daughter of a nurse and a utility lineman, I know well the struggles we face and the pride we feel in a hard day’s work that provides for our families. I also know that the greatest weapon in our country’s economic arsenal is the purchasing power of a vibrant and growing American middle class."
  • Women's Issues
Excerpt: "When women are paid 70 cents for every dollar a man makes, that’s not just a women’s issue - it’s an economic issue. When restrictions are placed on women’s health care and yet they pay more for coverage, it’s not just a women’s issue - it’s a civil rights issue. And when a woman faces an impossible choice between her job and her child because her workplace doesn’t offer maternity leave, it’s not just a women’s issue - it’s a family values issue."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "I’ve spent my career in the healthcare industry, so I know firsthand the problems we face. An inefficient and outdated system that leads to errors, coupled with a lack of preventative care, drive up costs and make our system too expensive."
  • Veterans
Excerpt: "We need to ensure that today’s veterans receive the training and resources as heroes they deserve - including proper physical and mental health care."
  • Education
Excerpt: "When Pittsburgh Plate and Glass hired union members like my great-grandfather, it was because they knew they were the best in the world at what they did. We need to make sure our kids have the same opportunities in a new economy."
  • Infrastructure
Excerpt: "When we built our country’s network of bridges, roads and highways, we constructed the backbone necessary to support for the world’s strongest economy. Now, those same bridges and roadways are filled with potholes and becoming unsafe. Rebuilding our transit infrastructure is necessary to keep our economy running smoothly and safely."



See also: Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014

McClelland ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Pennsylvania's 12th District. McClelland won the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014. She defeated John Hugya.[3] Erin McClelland lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Election results

General election
U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 12 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKeith Rothfus Incumbent 59.3% 127,993
     Democratic Erin McClelland 40.7% 87,928
Total Votes 215,921
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State
Democratic primary
U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 12 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngErin McClelland 68.1% 32,873
John Hugya 31.9% 15,373
Total Votes 48,246
Source: Results via Associated Press

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are McClelland's reports.[6]


McClelland her husband, John, are lifelong residents of the Alle-Kiski Valley and have one son.[4]

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