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Dowling aide enters Somerset County commissioners race

December 7, 2018

An outreach specialist for a local state representative has announced her intention to seek one of two Republican nominations for Somerset County commissioner.

Thursa Trent-Crouse, 50, of Somerset, said she wants to use what she has learned working for Republican state Rep. Matthew Dowling to help improve the county.

“My position covers two counties,” she said. “It’s a lot of hours in the day, a lot of traveling through and seeing infrastructure issues and things that need a lot of support. I am able to focus on just Somerset County instead of both Somerset and Fayette counties.”

Trent-Crouse previously owned a commercial cleaning business, Fraco Services, with her husband. She is a graduate of Somerset Area High School and Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, where she received a degree in business and marketing. She previously worked for the Westmoreland Library Network System, and she led the Somerset County Library Bookmobile program prior to joining Dowling’s staff.

Trent-Crouse has served on hospital, museum and recreational boards.

She coached youth soccer for more than a decade and also volunteered with the Special Olympics, the Wounded Warrior Project, the Somerset County Salvation Army Canteen and the Meyersdale Area Merchants’ Association.

She said she is a fiscal conservative and believes creating family-sustaining jobs is the most pressing issue for the county.

“I’ve worked with different comprehensive plans in different boroughs and townships,” she said. “Creating family-sustaining jobs allows for the young professionals to come back and actually have a job they can support a family on. In doing that the infrastructure issues have to be fixed.”

She said she also believes tourism is a key part of the county’s economy.

“From our friendly communities along the Great Allegheny Passage, to our local wineries and distilleries, to year-round recreation found at Seven Springs and Hidden Valley, Somerset County has emerged as a major tourism attraction,” Trent-Crouse said in a press release announcing her candidacy. “We also pay homage to the National Flight 93 Memorial and the Quecreek Mine Rescue Museum – if we provide an adequate infrastructure and complete the 219 expansion to Maryland, our county will be perfectly positioned for substantial economic growth.”

The commissioners race represents her first time running for office.

“Although I am relatively new to the government sector, I have learned a lot working alongside Representative Matthew Dowling, serving our constituents from lower Somerset County,” she said.

She said her goal, if elected, would be to work to help all Somerset County communities thrive.

“My relationships with townships and supervisors in different state agencies will truly be a benefit for everyone,” she said.

She said she is the mother of three daughters.

Trent-Crouse is the second Republican to announce their intention to seek the nomination. Somerset County Republican Party Chairwoman Colleen Dawson also announced she will seek the nomination.

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