What we know so far about the Pennsylvania US Senate race in 2022


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By Colin Deppen from Spotlight PA

One of two Pennsylvania U.S. Senate seats is up for grabs in 2022 as two-term Republican incumbent Pat Toomey prepares to step down and the state braces for a particularly high-stakes election year.

The opening of the Senate has generated a lot of interest from Democrats seeking to consolidate a narrow majority in Congress, Republicans seeking to limit key aspects of President Joe Biden’s agenda and observers who believe the seat is likely to tip over or too close to call. The race will be extremely expensive anyway.


Less than one year of primary (unless the date is changed due to redistribution issues), several top Democrats are officially in the running – others are expected to wait behind the scenes.

Montgomery County Commissioner Valerie Arkoosh (website | Twitter) belongs to the first category and presents herself as the first senator from Pennsylvania. She brings to the race a high-profile Emily’s List endorsement and a a large amount of money.

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman (website | Twitter) declared his second candidacy for Toomey’s seat in six years, this time with booming surname status, much more money, and more review, too much.

Rep. of State Malcolm Kenyatta (website | Twitter) – the first openly gay black man to be elected to the state legislature – brings rising star momentum, progressive good faith and a series of viral moments to compete with Fetterman’s fundraising juggernaut.

State Senator Sharif Street (website | Twitter) – the pro-gun reformThe Philadelphia lawmaker has officially announced his intention to run, but has yet to file a financial report with the Federal Election Commission. Pennsylvania did not have a black American senator.

Rep. United States Conor Lamb would have told donors to expect a Senate race but did not take any further action. Lamb’s interest comes with his current job possibly intended to be redistributed out of existence.

The other declared Democratic candidates are:

  • Kevin Baumlin, Chief of Emergency Services and Emergency Care at Pennsylvania Hospital | website
  • Brandaun Dean, former mayor of Brighton, Alabama | website
  • Larry johnson, Beaver County lawyer, teacher and advocate for “progressive conservatism” | website
  • Alexandria Khalil, member of Jenkintown Borough Council | website
  • John McGuigan, Former Chairman of Norristown City Council | website
  • Kyle Norton, Philadelphia-based campus safety and security consultant | Twitter
  • Eric Orts, professor of commerce at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania | website
  • Alan shank, a native of Indiana County and self-proclaimed “common sense”| website
  • Lew Tapera, Montgomery County native, businessman and retail employee | website


Kathy barnette (website | Twitter) of Montgomery County is a Fox News staple and former candidate for Congress which embodies the pro-Trump aspirations that some GOP members have for Toomey’s successor.

Jeff Bartos (website | Twitter) is a Montgomery County-based real estate developer who lost the lieutenant governor’s race to Fetterman in 2018 and is running for that expensive race for the US Senate with support for a new monetary CAP and more moderate sitting.

Sean gale (website | Facebook) is a Montgomery County lawyer who runs on a pro-Trump platform with utter contempt for the current seat occupant, Toomey, whom Gale calls a “RINO” and “”swamp rat. “(Toomey voted to impeach Trump after the siege of the U.S. Capitol on January 6.)

Sean Parnell (website | Twitter) is a Trump criticism-turned-Trump’s favorite who secured the blessing of the former president in an unsuccessful bid for Conor Lamb’s 17th Congressional District seat in 2020 and is swapping beards with Bartos this time around who is more to the right.

Carla Sands (Twitter) is Trump’s former ambassador to Denmark and a well connected and well funded CEO of the investment who hails from Cumberland County but has spent much of his adult life in California.

The other declared Republican candidates are:

  • John De Bellis, Small Business Owner and Opponent of Allegheny County ‘Overregulation’ | website
  • Bobby jeffries, former Congress candidate and current Millennial MAGA | website
  • Ronald johnson, Former Fredonia City Council Member and Current Gun Pro, Resident of Oil City “America First” | Facebook
  • Martin Rosenfeld, Former Deputy Sheriff and Accountant of Elk County | website
  • Craig snyder, Philadelphia-based business and policy consultant, “never trumper”| website
  • Everett Stern, bank whistleblower and unsuccessful independent candidate for the Toomey headquarters in 2016 | website


Erik Chase Gerhardt, a Montgomery County master carpenter seeking nomination for the Libertarian Party | website

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