Pennsylvania Governor’s Race 2022: Who’s Running?

THE gubernatorial election in Pennsylvania is scheduled for November 8, 2022.

The Pennsylvania primary was held on May 17, 2022.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro pictured speaking at a news conference in April 2021


Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro pictured speaking at a news conference in April 2021Photo credit: Getty Images – Getty

Democratic candidates

Josh Shapiro

Shapiro, 48, has served as the Pennsylvania State Attorney since 2017. He is the only Democratic nominee for the primary.

He grew up in Pennsylvania and was raised by his father and mother, a pediatrician, who were educators, according to his website. After graduating from the University of Rochester, he studied law overnight while working in government.

Shapiro also identified 301 robber priests and thousands of victims of the Catholic Church’s decades-long cover-up of child sex abuse.

Tega Swan (did not choose)

Swann ran in the 2022 Pennsylvania governor’s race but did not vote on the day of the primary.

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Republican candidates

Lou Barletta

Louis John Barletta, known as Lou, is a businessman and politician. From 2011 to 2019 he was the US Representative for the 11th congressional district of Pennsylvania.

Barletta, 66, grew up in Hazleton, PA and had a blue-collar upbringing.

joe gale

Gale is “a true pro-life conservative,” according to his website. He is running for the Republican Party.

At age 26, he earned a seat on the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. Gale is the youngest Montgomery County Commissioner in history. In 2016, he became the first elected official in Pennsylvania to endorse Donald Trump for president.

Charlie Gerow

Gerow is currently vice chairman of CPAC and the American Conservative Union. He is also a small businessman and according to his website the CEO of Quantum Communications.

He began his political career on Ronald Reagan’s campaign staff, working for the former President for many years.

Melissa Hart

Attorney and politician Melissa Hart was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2007.

Hart, 60, represented the 4th congressional district of western Pennsylvania. Her victory was historic as she became the first Republican woman to represent Pennsylvania at the federal level.

Republican Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano speaks during a campaign event May 14, 2022


Republican Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano speaks during a campaign event May 14, 2022Photo credit: Getty Images – Getty

Doug Mastriano

Mastriano, 58, is a retired US Army Colonel and Senator from Pennsylvania’s 33rd District.

He was previously an Eagle Scout and worked a variety of jobs growing up such as newsboy, janitor, security guard, short-order chef, pizza delivery boy and dishwasher.

Mastriano is also a Doctor of History (PhD) and holds four master’s degrees in Strategy, Strategic Intelligence, Military Operations and Air Force.

Bill McSwain

McSwain, 53, is an attorney and former US Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He served in this role from April 6, 2018 to January 22, 2021.

Pennsylvania's gubernatorial election is scheduled for November 8, 2022.


Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial election is scheduled for November 8, 2022.Photo credit: Getty Images – Getty

Former President Donald Trump nominated McSwain for the position.

David White

White, has experience in both the public and private sectors. He is a third generation Steamfitter.

His website states that he has over 40 years of experience in HVAC installation and maintenance. White also worked as a Union pipefitter for decades. He later founded DWD Mechanical Contractor Inc.

White was also a supporter of President Donald J. Trump’s “America First” agenda.

Nche Zama

dr Nche Zama came to the United States as a teenager on a student visa. He also experienced being homeless for some time before someone “picked him up and helped guide him on his journey to the American Dream.”

Zama is a cardiothoracic surgeon who trained at the Cleveland Clinic and Harvard University. He has a Ph.D. in chemistry, a Harvard master’s degree in management and a degree in medicine.

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Republicans who didn’t make it in the primary include:

  • Guy Ciarrocchi
  • Jake Corman III
  • Scott Martin
  • Jason Monn
  • Jason Richey
  • John Ventre

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