Western Pennsylvania voters gathered in Hermitage Tuesday evening to hear from the man challenging Representative Mike Kelly's position.

As the 16th Congressional district race heats up between Dan Pastore and Mike Kelly, Pastore spoke with voters ahead of the election that's now just three weeks away.

Democratic U.S. House candidate for Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District Dan Pastore answering to their questions on jobs, inflation, women's rights, prescription drug costs, racism, funding for Ukraine, and the environment, just to name a few.

"I want to understand what the issues are and listen to people here in the district," Pastore told 21 News. 

Incumbent, Republican Mike Kelly, is known for his conservative agenda and efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

"Voters are looking for a change," Pastore said. "They want someone who's less partisan. Mike Kelly's position on a woman's right to choose is out of step with a majority of people in the district."

If elected, the lawyer and businessman by trade, Pastore hopes to bring constructive change to the post-COVID economy, new energy economy, healthcare, and childcare.

"They [voters] want someone who works across party lines and really focuses on getting things done for the people of Western Pennsylvania," Pastore said.

Pastore also hopes to expand job opportunities in emerging industries, make healthcare more accessible and affordable, and defend women's healthcare rights. Kelly has held a house seat since 2010, previously a District 3 Rep. before the state redistricted in 2018.

"Your job as a representative is to meet with the people to be their representative," Pastore concluded. "If you're willing to meet with them, you can't really effectively represent them."

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Click here to register to vote in Pennsylvania.