Decision 2023

Dugan wins Democratic nomination for Allegheny County DA, could face Zappala again in November

ALLEGHENY COUNTY, Pa. — Matt Dugan has won the Democratic nomination for Allegheny County District Attorney against incumbent Stephen Zappala.

With 1,276 precincts reporting, Dugan led Zappala by nearly 19,000 votes.


“I feel great. I feel great,” Dugan said at his victory party. “We’ve been out campaigning since August, early September, everywhere in the county. We’ve spoken to every community, every borough, every township.”

Dugan may have to face Zappala again in November because Zappala got enough write-in votes on the Republican ballot.

“It has been a great experience for me. I think we’ve changed a lot, in fact, we’ve changed a lot. If I have time, I will go back through a legacy of all the years of service,” Zappala said to supporters at his victory party on Tuesday night.

Zappala has been Allegheny County’s DA since 1998. Crime in the county was a major topic in the campaign.

Zappala spoke about what he believes may have been a misstep in his campaign.

“Quite frankly, I think that was the biggest mistake we made to this point being district attorney: we have not talked about everything that has crossed our desk and come through that office and that has changed this community,” he said.

Results are considered unofficial until they are certified.

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