CUP Young Democrats host senate candidate

John Fetterman
From staff reports

CLARION – Clarion University Young Democrats will host a candidate’s forum with Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, one of three Democrats seeking the party’s nomination for United States Senate, at 7 p.m. April 4 in Hart Chapel. A question and answer session will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Fetterman was born to teenage parents who were just starting out. His father worked nights to put himself through college. Fetterman followed in his father’s footsteps to Albright College, where he played offensive tackle.

At age 23, Fetterman joined Big Brothers/Big Sisters, where he mentored an 8-year-old boy who had lost his father to AIDS and whose mother was also battling the disease. Before she died, Fetterman promised he would continue to look after the boy and make sure he graduated college. Fetterman kept that promise.

As an AmeriCorps worker, Fetterman helped set up the first computer labs in Pittsburgh’s Hill District and taught general educational development classes. He went on to earn a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

He was elected mayor of Braddock, where, during the past ten years, he is most gratified by breaking the cycle of violence that culminated in nearly five-and-a-half years without the taking of a life.

Learn more about Fetterman’s campaign, policy positions, values and biography at

For information about the forum, email Kevan Yenerall, Ph.D., at