RCAC Newsletter
ISSUE NO. 1 / February 2016 
Roddey to exit as Allegheny County GOP chairman on upbeat note

Former Allegheny County Executive Jim Roddey on Monday told Republicans that he will step down as chairman of the party's county committee after eight years.
Roddey, 83, of Oakmont said he leaves the local committee in good shape financially and structurally.
"I never like to leave anything when things aren't positive, and I think we are in a good place right now," he told the Tribune-Review.
Roddey told committee members and party loyalists at the annual Spirit of Lincoln fundraising dinner at the Westin Convention Center Hotel that he'll step down March 1. The committee has 10 days to vote in a replacement; that person would run for the position in June, when his terms ends.
Dave Majernik of Plum is the committee's vice chair.
"I'd like to slow down a bit, and running the party does take a lot of my time," Roddey said in an interview with the Trib, citing the need for "new blood at the top."
D. Raja, 50, of Mt. Lebanon said he will run for the chairmanship.
"He leaves big shoes to fill," Raja said of Roddey.
Raja, who is co-founder of software company CEI, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, and a board member at the Port Authority of Allegheny County. He ran for state Senate in 2012 and county executive in 2011.
If elected chairman, Raja said, he would run the organization like a business, focusing on organizing committees and working with their leadership, to make the county party the strongest in the state.
"The biggest thing is we have to get candidates elected statewide," he said.
With 234,956 registered Republicans, Allegheny County has the largest number of any Pennsylvania county, Department of State data show. Under Roddey, the GOP committee's membership rose from 352 to nearly 1,000.
The committee expected 250 to 300 attendees at the dinner and hoped to clear $25,000, Roddey said.
Michael Devanney, a Pittsburgh-based Republican strategist and founding partner of Cold Spark Media, said Roddey brought "stability, credibility and a steady hand to the party at a time when the local organization had lost its bearing."
Devanney, 37, of Shadyside was the committee's executive director when Roddey was Allegheny County's first executive from 2000-04.
"After Roddey left office, there was a void in leadership because there was no elected official in the area to draw in money and candidates," Devanney said. "People know if you want something done in Western Pennsylvania for the Republican Party, he is your guy. I am sure he will continue to play a very valuable role."
Roddey said he intends to work on campaigns, including the presidential campaign of Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey's re-election bid.
Democrats Joe Sestak, Katie McGinty and John Fetterman are seeking their party's nomination for a chance to try to unseat Toomey.
Toomey of the Lehigh Valley and economist Stephen Moore, founder and former president of the Club for Growth, were speakers at the Lincoln dinner.
Roddey agreed to chair the Republican Committee of Allegheny County in 2008 when it was dogged by unpaid bills and few staffers. He had served as the county's executive but lost a re-election bid to Democrat Dan Onorato. That loss led him to run the GOP committee, Roddey said.
"It was an opportunity for me to continue in a leadership role," he said.
He considers the high point of his tenure to be Tom Corbett's winning Allegheny County against Onorato in the 2010 governor's race - an upset in a county in which the number of registered Democrats - 508,862 - more than doubles that of Republicans.
His low point has been in trying to attract candidates to run for office, Roddey said.
"I wish I could have recruited more candidates to run against Democrats in local races," he said, blaming limited funding for those seeking local office. "We don't have sufficient funds to support candidates' campaigns the way I would have liked to. I picked races where we could make a difference."
Roddey said he'll remain a member of the state GOP committee and its leadership committee.
"And I am running for delegate," he said, as he has every year since 1988 when he registered as a Republican in Pennsylvania.
"I was an independent before that," he said.

Salena Zito is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at szito@tribweb.com. Staff writer Melissa Daniels contributed to this report.
March 4th, 2016 Meeting Notice

Dear Fellow Committee Member:
As he announced Monday night, Jim Roddey is resigning from his position as Chair of the Republican Committee of Allegheny County (RCAC), effective March 4, 2016.  Accordingly, I am writing to notify you that a meeting of the RCAC will be held on Friday, March 4, 2016.  The only business to be conducted at this meeting will be the election of the RCAC's new Chair.   
Nomination Procedures
Under RCAC Rule 4.3, nominations for the RCAC's Chair must be by petition bearing the signatures of at least fifty (50) Committee Members.  Also, as Rule 4.3 states, no Committee Member may sign more than one nomination petition.  Any signature of a Committee Member that appears on more than one petition will not be counted to determine whether a valid nomination petition exists.  Any nomination petition with the signatures of less than 50 Committee Members will be invalid.
To be qualified, an officer of the RCAC must be a registered Republican elector in Allegheny County.  However, the person need not be a member of the RCAC when assuming office.
Starting today, February 16, 2016, nomination petitions will be available for pick-up at RCAC's headquarters at 100 Fleet Street, Suite 205, Pittsburgh, PA 15220 during normal business hours.  Additionally, the list of all eligible Committee Members will be available for use by all candidates seeking nomination upon execution of an agreement protecting the confidentiality and non-business use of such information.  No nomination petition shall be circulated prior to Tuesday, February 16, 2016, and no signature shall be counted unless it bears a date affixed not earlier than February 16, 2016 and not later than Friday, February 26, 2016
All duly executed nomination petitions must be delivered to RCAC's headquarters by 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, February 26, 2016.  Nomination petitions received after that date and time, even if the envelopes containing the petitions are post-marked on or before February 16, 2016, shall not be accepted for placement of the candidate on the ballot. 
Election Procedures
The Judge of Elections for the March 4, 2016 meeting is the RCAC's Solicitor, Ronald L. Hicks, Jr.  In accordance with Rule 4.5 of the RCAC Rules, Solicitor Hicks has ruled that voting at this meeting will be in person or by absentee ballot.  Further, consistent with past election practice, voting by proxy will not be used. 
In person voting at this meeting will be held at RCAC's headquarters at 100 Fleet Street, Suite 205, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.  The hours of in person voting will be from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Voting by absentee ballot will be available to those Committee Members who cannot vote in person.  To vote by absentee ballot, such Committee Members must deliver in person or send by U.S. Mail, postage prepaid, their written applications for an absentee ballot to RCAC's headquarters by 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, February 26, 2016.  An Absentee Ballot Request Form is enclosed .  Committee Members whose absentee ballot applications are received after that date and time, even if the envelopes containing the applications are post-marked on or before February 26, 2016, shall not be eligible to vote by absentee ballot and must vote in person. 
Any Committee Member who is eligible to vote by absentee ballot must mark his or her ballot in secret and then place the absentee ballot in the envelope titled "Official Absentee Ballot."  The Committee Member must then place the Official Absentee Ballot envelope in the outer envelope and sign and complete the information on the return address portion of the outer envelope.  Thereafter, the Committee Member must deliver in person or send by U.S. Mail, postage prepaid, the sealed outer envelope containing the Official Absentee Ballot envelope to the Judge of Elections by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2016.  Any absentee ballot not received by that date and time, even if the outer envelope is post-marked on or before March 3, 2016, shall not be counted. 
The term "deliver in person" does not include third-party delivery.  Instead, only the Committee Member applying for an absentee ballot application or voting by absentee ballot must deliver the application and absentee ballot.
In closing, please exercise your rights as a Committee Member and vote at the March 4, 2016 meeting. 
Dave Majernick
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Candidate Spotlight: Jason Ortitay
An Avella Area High School alumnus has announced his candidacy for state representative in the 46th District. Jason Ortitay, of Bridgeville, will be running on the Republican side in next year's primary election.
Ortitay formerly worked in management at PNC Bank and is now the owner and president of Jason's Cheesecake Co., which provides fundraising opportunities throughout Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Ortitay said he believes there are many opportunities in the 46th District for education, business, career training and development.
"We all have an important role to play in the development of these opportunities," Ortitay said in a news release. "I will ensure that your voices, interests and concerns are heard and addressed."
Ortitay earned a business administration degree from Robert Morris University in 2004 and an MBA from Stetson University in 2005. He is a board member of Burgettstown Area Community Development Corp. and a committee member of Project Bundle Up. He also is founder of the "Speaker Survivor Series," which promotes charitable causes, and the John J. Ortitay Entrepreneur Scholarship for high school seniors interested in business.
On the Democratic side, Burgettstown attorney Paul Walsh and Cecil Township Supervisor Tom Casciola are running against incumbent Jesse White.
The reapportioned 46th District will include Canton, Mt. Pleasant, Robinson and Smith townships in Washington County, plus Burgettstown and Midway. The 46th District's territory expands into Collier and South Fayette townships in Allegheny County, along with Bridgeville, Heidelberg, Oakdale and all of McDonald Borough.

Words of Wisdom
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Trivia Question
Who was the first Republican to be elected President of the United States?
A. James Buchanan
B. Abraham Lincoln
C. Calvin Coolidge
D. Herbert Hoover

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