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Meet the Candidates: Mike Armanini and Ryan Grimm, 75th District House of Reps


DuBois, PA – Listen this Thursday, October 15th for a special “Meet the Candidates” running for the 75th State Representative, filling Matt Gabler’s seat, on on Connect FM’s Contact Show.

Republican Mike Armanini, and Democrat Ryan Grimm will each have their own separate half hour segments to present their positions to the voters starting at 8:35 a.m. on Connect FM.



Mike Armanini of DuBois has announced he will seek the Republican nomination for the 75th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives.

The seat is currently held by State Rep. Matt Gabler, R-DuBois, who recently announced he would not be seeking re-election.

Born and raised in Kersey in Elk Country, Armanini has lived in Treasure Lake, DuBois for the past 20 years. He is a graduate of Elk County Christina High School in St. Marys and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Clarion University.

“I have lived my whole life in the 75th District like many of the constituents who I want to represent, and I believe it is time for me to step forward and do my best to improve the 75th Legislative District,” said Armanini.

Armanini worked 30 plus years in the powdered metal industry beginning at Laurel Manufacturing in DuBois. He then went on to pursue start up co-ownership of Product Assurance Services in St. Marys and Proform Powdered Metals in Punxsutawney.

He previously served as Headmaster of the DuBois Central Catholic School System, which gave him a true understanding of the area’s educational needs by working with the other school superintendents on issues that are important to rural school districts.

Armanini is a current board member of Penn Highlands Healthcare in DuBois. He previously served two terms as a board member for Goodwill Industries and the DuBois YMCA, in addition to coaching for the DuBois Area Little League.

“I believe with my business and educational experiences I can continue to be the right voice for the 75th Legislative District,” said Armanini. “I will be dedicated to our district in improving our quality of life. I will be aggressive in work force development to enable our industries to promote better opportunities for the individuals in our area”.

Armanini his priorities in Harrisburg would include keeping the area’s educational system strong to work with the school districts in finding the right solution to promote skills that are needed. Also, focusing on the drug epidemic that plagues not only our area but the whole state.

“I am for pro-fiscal responsibility, pro-jobs and pro-life and I believe strongly in our 2nd Amendment rights and will fight to secure them, he said.

Armanini is married to Valerie (Pasi) Armanini and they have two children, Dante and Michaela.

The 75th State Legislative District comprises all of Elk County and portions of northern Clearfield County.

Voters head to the polls on Tuesday, April 28, to elect new nominees for the seat.



27-year-old Ryan Grimm of St. Marys, has announced his candidacy for State Representative in the 75th District.

The seat, which includes both Elk and a portion of Clearfield County, will be vacated by State Representative Matt Gabler in January 2021. Grimm filed 31 pages of petitions from Elk and Clearfield counties in Harrisburg on Monday, February 17th.

Ryan Grimm attended Slippery Rock University and majored in Environmental Studies. He chose to return to the area and is currently employed at the Elk County Conservation District as a Resource Conservation Technician.

Grimm says he understands the needs of our area, “A wholesome and steady economy that allows for hard work to truly pay off is important to everyone.” Wise stewardship of tax-payer dollars is a major initiative of Ryan Grimm’s campaign, “I understand the needs of families that live paycheck to paycheck.”

A native of Cameron County, Ryan Grimm was regularly influenced by his strong commitment to family and his community. Grimm developed a robust team dynamic where he was often a leader in sports, “I have always appreciated the teachers, mentors, and coaches that have shaped my character throughout the years, so I know how critical education and extracurricular activities are to families in our area.” From a young age, Ryan Grimm was drawn to the outdoors and is truly passionate about maintaining a healthy environment. “I’m an avid hunter and fisherman, and I know how important Elk and Clearfield Counties’ forests and streams are to residents and tourists alike.”

Grimm currently lives with his wife, Taylor, and their dog, “Gerty” in Saint Marys, where they enjoy spending time off together hunting or playing in community sports leagues. Grimm’s wife is a nurse. “Her experience has shown me the need for additional support services for the aging population of our region as well as the major need for improved counseling and rehabilitation services for those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction in Elk and Clearfield Counties.”

Ryan Grimm, a local outdoorsman and family man, says he is looking forward to the opportunity to represent the area he knows so well, “I’m thrilled to be your Democratic candidate for the 75th district of Pennsylvania and I hope to win your votes in order to improve our hometown communities.”

Learn more at the Ryan Grimm for PA State Representative Facebook page.

You can also learn more at the Ballotpedia page for Ryan Grimm.