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 Mary Popovich with her grandson

Mary's Story


Mary Popovich was born and raised in the heart of the 58th District, in the Borough of West Newton. Early in life she faced tough times as a young, divorced single mother. To provide for her son and herself Mary took a job in a coal mine, one of few women in this nontraditional setting at that time.

A very serious accident in that mine changed her life forever. Following her injury Mary went back to school and completed her Master’s degree in the field of health science, graduating summa cum laude in 2001. She became a faculty member at her alma mater California University of Pennsylvania and currently teaches for the Global Online division at Cal.

Mary has received many awards during her educational tenure, as well as numerous outstanding achievement awards in the field of Emergency Medical Services and volunteerism. Her strong commitment to the labor movement began with her work in the mines. Her dedication won her a vote to serve as a delegate for the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) on campus and the state board for temporary faculty.

Now in her second term as Mayor, Mary previously served West Newton for over three years as a borough councilwoman. She is active in many community organizations, as a volunteer Paramedic, and as a state and nationally-certified Paramedic EMT trainer.

Mary resides in West Newton with her husband Charlie, a retired railroad worker. She has one grown son and several grandchildren.

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