TOWANDA - A grand opening was held Wednesday for the Bradford County Republican Party's campaign headquarters for the fall 2012 election.

At the headquarters, which is located at 506 Main St. in Towanda, the public can pick up free campaign materials and literature for GOP candidates, as well as yard signs. The headquarters will serve as the base of operations for Bradford County Republican Grassroots, an organization with the purpose of getting the Republican ticket elected in November and to run a get-out-the-vote campaign, said Kristle Bristol, co-chairperson of Bradford County Republican Grassroots. Bradford County Republican Grassroots is a subcommittee of the Bradford County Republican Committee. Bristol added that anyone wishing to contact Bradford County Republican Grassroots, including those who want to volunteer for the organization, should send an email to

The headquarters' hours have not been set, but Bristol said they will be posted on the front of the headquarters.

Among those who spoke at the event were David Freed, Republican candidate for state attorney general; state Sen. Gene Yaw; and spokesmen for the campaigns of U.S. Senate candidate Tom Smith and U.S. Rep. Tom Marino.

Bradford County Commissioner Daryl Miller introduced Freed, who has served as Cumberland County's district attorney since 2006.

Freed is a "career prosecutor," not a "career politician," Miller said.

"There is nothing more important than to get a career prosecutor (as attorney general), who understands what it takes to keep Pennsylvania safe and secure," he said.

Freed said he gets asked how he will be able win the election, since there are 1 million more registered Democrats than Republicans in Pennsylvania and since he is up against a Democratic candidate, Kathleen Kane, who is "pretty and has a lot of money."

The answer is that "we'll have a better message," he said, adding that he thinks his campaign will have enough money to get that message out to the public and will have a better grassroots campaign organization.

He also said that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney now has a good chance of winning Pennsylvania in November and that his chances will improve in the coming months, and he said that will help carry other GOP candidates to victory in the fall.

"It will be a good year for us (Republican candidates in Pennsylvania)," he said.

Kane's husband had provided $1.75 million in financing for her campaign during her successful bid this year for the Democratic nomination for attorney general, said Jennifer Zaborney, finance director of Freed's campaign.

Freed said that if elected attorney general, he would want to make resources available to the Bradford County District Attorney's office, if they were requested by Bradford County District Attorney Dan Barrett.

Barrett "is as busy as he's ever been, and he will only get busier," Freed said.

Among the resources that the state attorney general's office would be able to provide to a county district attorney's office, if requested by the county DA, would be to take over the prosecution of a major crime case or provide investigators for particular cases, he said.

State Sen. Gene Yaw, who is running for re-election this year, said some people in the administration of the Pennsylvania State Police are not happy with him now because he opposed the recent closing of a state police aviation facility in Williamsport, which had been in operation for 40 years. The Williamsport facility had served the north-central part of Pennsylvania, he said. Now the closest state police aviation facility, which would be used for "search and rescue or anything like that," is in Hazelton, he said.

Yaw said there is an increased need for the Williamsport facility due to the Marcellus Shale industry in the area.

"I think it's a really big deal," Yaw said of the closing of the Williamsport facility. He said he is continuing to work to address it.

"I'm very, very happy to be running again," Yaw said.

Jason Fitzgerald, U.S. Rep. Tom Marino's campaign manager, said that Rep. Marino's cancer surgery in April on his right kidney was "successful." Marino is "back to a very aggressive schedule in Washington and his district," Fitzgerald said.

Doctors said following the surgery that Marino is expected to make a full recovery.

Marino is running for his second term as the congressman representing Pennsylvania's 10th District.

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