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Stiles withdraws campaign for 2014 GOP nomination in state’s 12th Congressional district

Larry Stiles of Johnstown has withdrawn his campaign for the 2014 Republican nomination in Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district, citing his ongoing battle with leukemia.

Stiles, 64, a Marine Corps veteran, had targeted the primary nomination for the seat held by incumbent U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Sewickley, who was elected in November 2012.

“Chemotherapy really takes a toll on you. You don’t have the energy levels you used to. You never know when you’re going to have a good day or a bad day,” said Stiles, who recently began the treatments to fight his cancer. “I felt if I can’t give 110 percent to my campaign, then I needed to think about what I wanted to accomplish and whether I’d be able to do so.”

Stiles said he does not expect anyone else to challenge Rothfus for the GOP nomination in the spring. He has not decided whether he will resume a campaign “after I have been diagnosed to be in remission,” Stiles said.

Democrats John Hugya of Hollsopple in Somerset County and Erin McClelland of New Kensington are expected to face off for the Democratic nomination in the district.

Adam Smeltz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5676 or [email protected].


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