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About the Candidate

Camdon Porterfield was appointed to the position of Chairman of the Westmoreland County Board of Assessment in Spring 2020, and was elected as a representative of GOP District 5 - Maplewood on June 2, 2020. He is a 2014 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where he attained a degree in Communications with a specialization in media studies. He has been a Certified Pennsylvania Evaluator (CPE) since 2015, and has worked on numerous assessment projects and BOAs throughout the State of Pennsylvania. Porterfield is also an Associate Member of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP), and an Active Member of the Assessors Association of Pennsylvania (AAP). Additionally, he teaches various assessment-related courses.

In 2007, Porterfield became a staff writer for The Royal, a Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) certified-gold student publication at Hempfield Area High School. Over the course of the next three years, he was promoted to Chairman of the Board and Copy Editor, eventually garnering the Editor-in-Chief position in late-2009. His experiences during that time included the following: an appointment to the Presidential Classroom for Journalism and Communications (2008) with classes at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.; over a month of media-centered classes at Columbia University in New York City; and aided the defense in a censorship case between HAHS and the Student Press Law Center/The Royal. He was also an editor and creative designer for four yearbooks. Outside of journalism, he was the Republican Representative (2009-10) for Project 18, and an active member of the Future Business Leaders of America club (FBLA).

Despite receiving a journalism scholarship from Robert Morris University, Porterfield opted to go to Pitt. From 2010 - 2014, he was the Chief Broadcaster on the Pitt Greensburg Sports Network (PGSN). In 2012, he co-founded Pitt Greensburg Media, a documentary and digital media-centric group, acting as Co-Director and Sports Media Administrator. In February 2014, he was part of a four-person crew which traveled to Honduras to film a documentary on UPMC's Shoulder-to-Shoulder program. The film saw its red-carpet release in May 2014. He also produced and wrote numerous communications-related studies, such as a 28-page thesis and public presentation on the "Communications of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster."

In addition, he was a senior member and Vice President of the Epsilon Theta chapter of Lambda Pi Eta (Communications National Honor Society) from 2010 - 2014, the Public Relations Chairman of Pitt Greensburg Senate from 2013 - 2014, an Executive Board member of the Student Government Association, and a member of the Pitt Greensburg Budget Committee during that same period. Unsurprisingly, he was also an active member of the College Republicans Club.

Among his numerous local involvements, he is routinely requested to emcee Pitt events, and is a proud member of the Eugene Morabito Lodge (#735) of the Sons and Daughters of Italy. His post-work hobbies include travel, guitar, and playing sports - especially as a member of the Youngwood VFD softball team.

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