Mt. Washington's Erin Molchany -- the director of the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project and ally of former Rep. Chelsa Wagner -- announced today that she will challenge state Rep. Dan Deasy of Westwood in the Democratic race for the 27th state House district.

UPDATE 2:15 p.m. Wagner supported Molchany when she was arguing that the (defunct) 22nd District be retained, but I'm told she's supporting Deasy in the 27th District race. For more background on the race (including a reminder that Molchany and Deasy have faced off before) please see this post by Chris Potter at City Paper.

Full statement after the jump:

Pittsburgh-- Erin C. Molchany, Democrat, announced today that she will be running to represent Pennsylvania's newly redrawn 27th House District.
"We have a big opportunity to give the 27th District a voice this year.  Times are tough.  But tough times are when a community rises to the challenge, comes together and works to build a better place to live.
"I'm proud of my community.  I love this town and wake up every day determined to make my home better, safer and more prosperous.  I've done this for my whole career and will bring this high level of commitment to a life in public service.  I believe it's time for the people of the 27th district to come together under a shared vision.  I believe we deserve fresh leadership to represent us and new perspectives to solve our most challenging problems.  And I'm someone who will work tirelessly for you.
"Our store fronts have been empty for too long.  Some of us can't feel safe in our own neighborhoods.  And we lose faith in government when our families are rattled by cuts to necessary public services like transportation and health care.  Some of these problems have persisted too long with little or no direct action taken.
"We deserve better.
"I've worked with non-profits and community groups to improve the quality of life for our friends and neighbors.  I understand that a partnership between good government and our neighborhoods will bring creative solutions home.  I have fought to give people a voice in government, so decisions it makes help everyone.
"We have a big opportunity to make things better this year.  With dedication and commitment, vision and patience, we can do so much."
Erin Molchany owns a house in Mt. Washington where she has served as a board member and Vice President  for the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation.  She is currently the Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project, a non-profit organization committed to providing civic and social opportunities for local young professionals.
Pennsylvania's New 27th Legislative districts includes the Kennedy Township; McKees Rocks; Stowe; part of Robinson township; and the neighborhoods of Banksville, Chartiers City, Crafton Heights, Duquesne Heights, East Carnegie, Elliott, Esplen, Fairywood, Oakwood, Ridgemont, Sheraden, West End, Westwood, and Windgap, and parts of Mt Washington and Beechview in the City of Pittsburgh.
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