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Bill Clinton to campaign for Mark Critz Thursday in Beaver


BEAVER, Pa. - U.S. Rep. Mark Critz’s re-election campaign is looking for a boost Thursday from a rally in Beaver with former President Bill Clinton.

Clinton is scheduled to appear with Critz, D-Johnstown, at 5:30 p.m. in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 712 union hall on Sassafras Lane, Critz’s campaign announced today. Admission is free.

“President Clinton’s record of creating jobs while balancing the budget is something that I try to emulate in Congress and I am honored to have him campaign for me,” Critz said in a statement.

Critz, 50, is running against Republican Keith Rothfus, 50, a lawyer from Sewickley.

Political analysts have given the edge in the race to Critz, a former top aide to Rep. John Murtha, who died in 2010, but the candidates agree the outcome is likely to be close in a newly drawn district that stretches from Beaver County to Cambria County and favors Republicans.

Clinton, 66, is coming to Western Pennsylvania to kick off the annual Pittsburgh Speakers Series presented by Robert Morris University with a speech at 8 p.m. Thursday at Heinz Hall. The event, along with the rest of the 2012-13 series, is sold out.

This article was written by Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE.