Pennsylvanians will narrow the list of candidates for dozens of state and federal elected seats in the May primaries.
There are four candidates for governor. Incumbent Tom Wolf will represent the Democratic Party; click here for his campaign website.
Three Republicans are also vying for the highest elected seat in Pennsylvania – click their names for their campaign websites:
- Laura Ellsworth of Ohio Township, a lawyer.
- Paul Mango of Pine Township, an Army veteran and businessman.
- State Sen. Scott Wagner of York, a businessman who took office in 2014.
There are 13 candidates for lieutenant governor. In the primaries, they are not paired on the ballot with gubernatorial candidates. Incumbent Michael Stack is one of six candidates seeking to represent the Democratic Party in the general election; click here for his campaign website.
The other Democratic candidates are:
- John Fetterman, the mayor of Braddock.
- Ray Sosa, a businessman from Montgomery County.
- Kathi Cozzone, a Chester County commissioner.
- Nilofer Nina Ahmad, a former mayoral aide from Philadelphia.
Four Republicans are campaigning for lieutenant governor, as well. They are:
- Jeff Bartos, a real estate developer from Montgomery County. He and Wagner are paired politically.
- Kathy Coder, a businesswoman from Bellevue.
- Marguerite “Peg” Luksik, an activist from Johnstown.
- Diana Irey Vaughan, a Washington County commissioner. She and Mango are paired politically.
Joe Gale, a Montgomery County commissioner, was removed from the ballot by a judge because he isn’t yet 30, the legal age to take statewide office in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvanians will also narrow the fields for U.S. representatives and senators from the state’s newly drawn congressional map. In Western Pennsylvania, candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives seats from the following districts will be on primary ballots:
13th Congressional District: Republicans Travis Schooley of Franklin County, Steve Bloom of Cumberland County, John Eichelberger of Blair County, Doug Mastriano of Franklin County, Bernie Washabaugh II of Chambersburg, John Joyce of Blair County, Arthur Halvorson of Bedford County and Ben Hornberger of Shippensburg. Democrat Brent Ottaway of Blair County is running unopposed.
14th Congressional District: Democrats Robert Solomon of North Fayette, Tom Prigg of McCandless, Adam Sedlock of Fayette County and Bibiana Boerio of Westmoreland County; and Republicans Rick Saccone of Elizabeth and Guy Reschenthaler of Jefferson Hills.
One of the state’s two U.S. Senate seats is up for election, held by senior Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, who is running unopposed in the primary. Two Republicans are running in the primary:
- Lou Barletta, U.S. congressman for the 11th District.
- Jim Christiana, state representative for District 15 from Brighton, Beaver County.
There are quite a few races for the Legislature in Western Pennsylvania. Voters will decide between the following candidates for state senator:
42nd Senatorial District: Democrat Wayne Fontana of Pittsburgh is running unopposed. There are no Republican candidates.
On the other side of the Legislature, the primaries will reduce the fields for state representatives in a number of Western Pennsylvania districts:
10th Legislative District: Democrat Joe McGurk of Beaver Falls and Republican Aaron Bernstine of New Beaver Borough are running unopposed.
11th Legislative District: Republican Brian Ellis is running unopposed. There are no Democratic candidates.
16th Legislative District: Democrat Rob Matzie of Ambridge is running unopposed. There are no Republican candidates.
17th Legislative District: Republican Parke Wentling of Hempfield Township is running unopposed. There are no Democratic candidates.
23rd Legislative District: Democrat Dan Frankel of Pittsburgh is running unopposed. There are no Republican candidates.
27th Legislative District: Democrat Dan Deasy of Pittsburgh is running unopposed. There are no Republican candidates.
35th Legislative District: Democrats Austin Davis of McKeesport is running unopposed. There are no Republican candidates.
36th Legislative District: Democrat Harry Readshaw of Pittsburgh is running unopposed. There are no Republican candidates.
38th Legislative District: Democrat Bill Kortz of Dravosburg is running unopposed. There are no Republican candidates.
40th Legislative District: Democrats Ed Eichenlaub of Bethel Park and Sharon Guidi of Peters Township; and Republicans Natalie Mihalek of Upper St. Clair, James Roman of Peters Township and Paul Dixon of Bethel Park.
42nd Legislative District: Democrat Dan Miller is running unopposed. There are no Republican candidates.
49th Legislative District: Democrats Steven Toprani of Mononghela and Randy Barli of Coal Center. Republican Donald "Bud" Cook from West Pike Run is running unopposed.
50th Legislative District: Democrat Pam Snyder and Republican Elizabeth McClure of Franklin Township are running unopposed.
51st Legislative District: Democrat Tim Mahoney of South Union Township and Republican Matthew Dowling of Uniontown are running unopposed.
55th Legislative District: Democrat Joseph Petrarca of Washington Township is running unopposed. There are no Republican candidates.
62nd Legislative District: Democrats Logan Dellafiora and Aaron Lehman, both of Center Township; and Republicans Mike Baker of Indiana Borough, Julie Anderson of White Township, Jim Struzzi of White Township and Shane Caylor of Indiana Borough.
69th Legislative District: Democrat Jeff Cole of Black Township and Republican Carl Metzgar of Somerset Township are running unopposed.
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