PROVEN LEADERSHIP THAT WILL DELIVER RESULTS FOR OUR COMMUNITY
DON'S EARLY YEARS
Don grew up without a father in a poor Steel Town but used that
tough experience to learn many valuable life lessons. After graduating
from Clairton High school in 1981 at 17, Don went on to excel at a
Navy Career for the next 14 years. While in the Navy, he quickly rose
the to the rank of Chief Petty Officer, becoming one of the youngest
selected at the age of 25.
* Received Navy Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service.
* Ranked as #1 Chief aboard by 3 Captains on 2 different ships.
* Due to his superb knowledge in maneuvering Large Navy ships,
Don trained prospective Commanding and Executive Officers as a
Master Training Specialist and the only Enlisted Instructor
teaching a course for Officers.
* Only Enlisted Personnel aboard to qualify and stand watch as
Officer of the Deck underway on 2 ships. This position is a direct
representative to the Captain and is usually reserved for Officers
* Volunteered and deployed for a 1-year tour in the Middle East
aboard the Flagship, patrolling the Iranian War Zone.
* Navigator on the lead ship entering the waters of Kuwait at the end of
Operation Desert Storm though a known minefield.
* Leading Chief in the Training and Education Department for the
Expeditionary Warfare Training Group/Atlantic.
* Honorably Discharged in 1995.
Don used his leadership skills to create two successful businesses after
his Navy career.
Don was an Award-Winning Tattoo Artist and owned a successful
Tattoo Studio and Supply Company on the South Side of Pittsburgh.
Through this business, he built lifetime relationships with people in
the diverse tattoo community, became experienced in international
trade, tariffs, as well as business budgeting and planning.
However, after the devastation caused by Gov. Wolf and his extended
lockdown mandates, his tattoo businesses like many others businesses in the
South Side of Pittsburgh didn't survive.
Like a true “never give up” entrepreneur, you can’t keep a good man
down! Don and his wife Paula successfully reinvented themselves in
2021 by owning and operating Cotton Candy City in Clairton, which they went on to sell.
Don was able to pivot from an industry that was decimated by the left’s
unfair mandates and open another business in a category with no
mandates (food) to continue to provide for his family. This is the kind
of nimble decision making and critical thinking that we need in
These mandates must never happen again. Don will fight to keep your
businesses open and your job secure.
WANTING TO DO MORE
Don wanted to give back to his community, so Clairton’s Mayor
appointed him to the the Redevelopment Authority of the City of
Clairton (RACC). He helped create a program to purchase abandoned
properties. This incentivized buyers to make offers on these properties
while at the same time, adding those properties back to the tax rolls.
This generates revenue and motivates businesses/homebuyers to
build and prosper in the city.
As one example, Don voted in favor of taking a blighted property and
clearing the title, which enabled a Speedway Store to become a reality
in the city. This created numerous jobs and provided a food and
gasoline destination that the community desperately needed.
He recently left his position as a Member of the Board of Directors,
for the Clairton Municipal Authority (CMA) to Campaign. He was unanimously voted into this position by the Clairton City Council. Don was instrumental in establishing communications between the City of Clairton and the CMA, that have been strained for years. Phase 2 in now a reality and the Plant is set to move forward, which is outstanding for Clairton, the Upstream Communities and this region.
Don has the skills and experience to do the job!
PAID FOR BY ELECT DON NEVILLS