ERIE, Pa. - For the second straight day, a Republican running for governor is campaigning in Erie.

Attorney Laura Ellsworth stopped by our studios this morning for a one-on-one interview with our Chris Carroll.
The 59-year-old Pittsburgh-area resident said she's focusing on three key areas, including economic growth, education, and curbing the opioid crisis.

This is Ellsworth's first run for political office, but she doesn't feel like an outsider. She believes her years of experience in the private sector, during Pittsburgh's economic renaissance, can help restore jobs to Erie and all of Pennsylvania.

"The real secret to the economic renaissance of the Pittsburgh region is that it mobilized the private sector leaders and brought them together with vision and purpose, and combined them with government to get things done," she said.

Ellsworth is one of three Republicans running for their party's nomination in the May 15 primary election, joined by State Sen. Scott Wagner and health care consultant Paul Mango.