Dozens of candidates from both parties run for state and local congressional seats – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – 23 candidates, an unusually large number, submitted nominations for the Republican and Democratic nominations for the US Senate and governor of Pennsylvania.

KDKA political editor Jon Delano analyzes what is shaping up to be a busy main body.

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“We are certainly facing an unprecedented election year with an unbelievable number of candidates topping the table,” said Mike DeVanney, a Republican political strategist.

It was the first time in decades that no incumbent had run for governor and US senator on the same ballot, and there were plenty of candidates who thought this was their chance.

But as expected, there was only one Democrat running for governor: Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

Ten Republicans wanted the chance to take on him. These include former Congressman Lou Barletta, State Senator Jake Corman, Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale, political consultant Charlie Gerow, former Representative Melissa Hart, State Senator Doug Mastriano, former US attorney Bill McSwain , Pittsburgh attorney Jason Richey, former Delaware County congressman Dave White and cardiac surgeon Nche Zama.

“It’s going to start for the races here,” DeVanney said. “It will be an exciting election year for Republicans. There is no clear, open leader and we are nine weeks away. “

The other major race for the ballot is for the US senators, where five Democrats have applied, including Dr Kevin Baumlin of Philadelphia, Lieutenant Colonel John Fetterman, State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta, Senator Jenkinstown Councilmember Alexandria Khalil and Representative Conor Lamb.

“Money is an important factor in this race, as in many races because it is how the candidates get their message across,” DeVanney notes.

While Democrats Fetterman and Lamb are both just getting started on television, two Senate Republicans – former hedge fund CEO Dave McCormick and celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz – was broadcast.

The seven Republicans running for the Senate include political commentator Kathy Barnette, real estate developer Jeff Bartos, attorney George Bochetto, attorney Sean Gale, McCormick, former ambassadors Carla Sands and Oz.

Allegheny County Republican Chairman Sam DeMarco suggested that some Republican candidates for the Senate and governor may drop out because of a lack of money and support.

“I would expect in the next two weeks or in the next week you could see some people deciding that maybe they will live to fight another day,” DeMarco said.

Besides these 23 candidates, 12 – 9 Republicans and 3 Democrats – are running for lieutenant governor.

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Locally, we have several races for the U.S. House of Representatives.

With Representative Mike Doyle retiring after 28 years in Congress and Lamb leaving home to run for the US Senate, we have two local seats up for grabs.

In Doyle’s 12th Congressional District, five Democrats are running in the May primaries, including Pitt Law professor Jerry Dickinson, pro-democracy activist and attorney Steve Irwin, Representative. State Summer Lee, Northside resident Will Parker and University Access Program Director Jeff Woodard.

The winner will face Republican Congressman Mike Doyle of Plum Borough, who has nothing to do with the Democrat.

Political analyst Khari Mosley considers this race historic.

“If you look at an area that doesn’t have an African-American majority, four out of five candidates are African-American and two of them are formidable,” Mosley said.

Political analyst Larry Ceisler says all Democrats are liberals, but he says Irwin is more moderate than Lee and Dickinson in a diverse district that includes Pittsburgh, the Mon Valley and part of Westmoreland County.

“I think this congressional primary is really about the ideological divide within the Democratic party,” Ceisler said.

The other area of ​​competition is Lmb’s District 17, where both sides believe they can win in November.

Democrats include Pitt’s Cyber ​​Policy Director Chris Deluzio and LGBTQ Victory Fund Vice President Sean Meloy, along with three Republicans running for office — Kathy Coder of Ben Avon, Jeffrey Kilmeyer of Downtown and Jeremy Shaffer of Pine.

“We now have some candidates who are really unknown in any fashion sector. There is no obvious predecessor. DeVanney said.

Another race is the Democratic primary in the 16th District north of Pittsburgh currently represented by Representative Mike Kelly, a Butler Republican. Two Democrats, Erie’s Dan Pastore and Lawrence County’s Rich Telesz, want to take on Kelly.

Ceisler said that voters in both congressional and statewide races are uninvolved voters.

“For the most part, there is a large body of undecided voters, and it’s not because they can’t choose between candidates. That’s really because they didn’t check the campaigns,” Ceisler said.

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Republican and Democratic voters have just nine weeks to learn about the 12 candidates running for the US Senate, 11 candidates running for governor, 12 candidates running for lieutenants – and all the candidates running for office. candidate who wants to become a member of the National Assembly. Dozens of candidates from both parties run for state and local congressional seats – CBS Pittsburgh


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