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Westmoreland commissioner to forgo pay during campaign

| Saturday, August 23, 2008 12:00 a.m

Westmoreland County Commissioner Kim Ward said Friday she will not collect a county paycheck or medical benefits while she campaigns this fall for a seat in the state Senate.

“I believe it is important the taxpayers know they always come first,” Ward said. “I ran for county commissioner to help restore confidence in government, and I believe that foregoing my paycheck and benefits while I take on a dual role as a candidate is the right thing to do.”

Ward, a Republican who took office in January, is running for the seat held by Sen. Robert Regola of Hempfield. Ward was appointed as the GOP candidate after Regola dropped out of the race last week in the aftermath of his acquittal on perjury and gun charges.

Ward will face Democrat Tony Bompiani, a Hempfield chiropractor and former school board member, in the November election.

is a former freelancer.

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