PA GOP Statement Honoring Ann Wilson, Longtime Cambria County Republican Leader

JOHNSTOWN — Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement regarding the death of Cambria County Republican Party Chair and Johnstown Deputy Mayor Ann Wilson:

“It is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of Ann Wilson,” said Chairman Gleason.

“Ann’s passion for making Cambria County, our state and our country the best possible place to live, work and raise a family drove her involvement in Pennsylvania politics. Ann was the first Republican woman elected to Johnstown City Council. For all those who witnessed her unmatched dedication and enthusiasm, I wasn’t surprised when her colleagues elevated her to serve as Deputy Mayor of Johnstown. Ann was also a tireless advocate for the Cambria County Republican Committee as a member and finally as our Chair. The recognition Ann recently received on the statewide-level as one of Pennsylvania’s ‘Best County Party Chairs’ is further testament to her tremendous leadership and political aptitude.

“On a personal note, Ann was a dear friend and colleague, and I have always admired her devotion to her family and her friends. She was a wonderful person who will be missed dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Bill and their children.”

Ann Wilson Named One of Pennsylvania’s “Best County Party Chairs”

“A longtime grassroots leader, she took charge of the committee a few years ago — with big shoes to fill as the first non-Gleason in a decade. Under her leadership the party made inroads in every local and federal race, including keeping it close enough with Mark Critz to give Keith Rothfus a chance. (Gibson, Keegan. Pennsylvania’s Best County Party Chairs. PoliticsPA. February 7, 2013.)