Ellsworth tries to break through noise in Pennsylvania governor’s race

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Laura Ellsworth, a lawyer from suburban Pittsburgh and a first-time candidate, answers questions from the panel during a debate between Republican Gubernatorial candidates at Harrisburg Area Community College in Harrisburg, Pa., Thursday, March 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Knight)

Laura Ellsworth, a lawyer from suburban Pittsburgh and a first-time candidate, answers questions from the panel during a debate between Republican Gubernatorial candidates at Harrisburg Area Community College in Harrisburg, Pa., Thursday, March 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Knight)

Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate Laura Ellsworth thinks she has a story to tell. So far, though, she hasn’t had the exposure that her wealthy rivals — state Sen. Scott Wagner and businessman Paul Mango — have gotten with a flood of TV commercials.

Ellsworth, 59, is a attorney from Pittsburgh who spent 30 years at the international law firm of Jones Day. But she’s better known for her civic work in what’s often referred to as the “Pittsburgh renaissance.” She headed the Chamber of Commerce and played important roles in the United Way and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

Play the audio above to hear our interview with Ellsworth. We’ve also extended invitations for interviews to Mango and Wagner.

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