Ted Kopas, a Democrat, served as Westmoreland County Commissioner from 2010-2020, in both political majority and minority roles. He has spent his career in both public service and the private sector serving people and our communities. He knows well, respects, and delivers the balance between fiscal responsibility and providing critical services to those in need. Ted has a proven record of establishing priorities and programs that enhance our communities, our economy, public safety, human services and our quality of life.
Ted Kopas has never voted to increase property taxes.
Demonstrating his commitment to Westmoreland County residents and to this campaign, Ted recently resigned from the Pennsylvania Governor’s Action Team, where he was responsible for comprehensive economic development services to private sector businesses considering expansion within or relocation to Pennsylvania resulting in new job creation, job retention and private investment.
"My family and I are proud to call Westmoreland County home. It is a place of boundless promise and opportunity; an exceptional place to live, work and raise a family. I am ready to serve as County Commissioner with the honor, integrity and work ethic Westmoreland County deserves from its elected officials.
"I am a problem-solver and a consensus builder who knows how to make county government work. I have never put my personal agenda or ambition before the good of the very residents Commissioners are sworn to serve. My mission and my passion is Westmoreland County – not the politics, not the perception of power, but to work full-time for the people, especially those who are struggling and often overlooked.
“It is truly unfortunate and disappointing that our current County Commissioners have not lived up to the ideals our residents expect. It is time for a change.
“I firmly believe that Westmoreland’s best days are ahead, but we need to seize the moment. And it starts with leadership. I look forward to earning the trust of voters to lead us in this renewal.
“I pledge to protect our residents’ rights, money – and our democracy."
Ted Kopas, 49, is a 1995 graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. He was born and raised in the village of Westmoreland City in North Huntingdon Township. He is a proud Norwin graduate and has been recognized as one of the district’s Distinguished Alumni. He has also been recognized as the Government Official of the Year by the Greater Westmoreland Labor Council. Ted lives in Hempfield Township with his wife, April. They have five children, Elle, Alex, Quinn, Jack and Teddy and a granddaughter, Evelyn.
Ted Kopas was appointed by Governor Josh Shapiro to serve on the Human Services Advisory Committee for the Transition Team. His volunteer activities include helping families who have members with developmental disabilities and increasing awareness and acceptance of people with special needs. Ted also serves as a volunteer coach for youth baseball, football and basketball.