Who is running to run in the May 17 primary elections in Pennsylvania? The Complete List – NBC10 Philadelphia


Dozens of candidates lined up to run for state offices and congressional seats in Pennsylvania before the 5 p.m. deadline on March 15, with particularly prominent fields in the open races for governor and the U.S. Senate. .

This is the first election year in more than four decades that includes open races for these two coveted positions. Governor Tom Wolf is barred from running for a third term and Republican U.S. Senator Pat Toomey is stepping down after serving the past 12 years.

More than a dozen candidates are vying for those two positions, while another dozen have filed petitions to become lieutenant governor. Current Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman is running for the US Senate.

Many more are seeking election to Pennsylvania’s 17-seat Congress, where the winners will represent the Keystone State in Congress. All 253 state General Assembly seats are also on the ballot this year, along with half of the state Senate seats.

Candidates who filed petitions by Tuesday’s 5 p.m. deadline will be on the ballot in the May 17 primary unless their petitions are challenged and a court rejects them. It doesn’t happen often, but it is possible.

The only candidate already expected to win the primary and be on the November general election ballot is State Attorney General Josh Shapiro. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate has been endorsed by all major party leaders and faces no challenges in the May primary.

The state allows one week to file legal challenges to a candidate’s documents, and the courts have an additional week after that — until March 29 — to issue a decision.

Here’s a look at the candidates who have filed petitions in the state’s leading ballot races:

Governor of Pennsylvania

The presumptive candidate of the Democratic Party, Josh Shapiro, filed for governor midway through his second term as elected Pennsylvania attorney general. He has a clear path to nomination from the unopposed party.

Ten candidates ran to run on the Republican side.

They are: Lou Barletta2018 GOP candidate for U.S. Senate and former congressman known for his crusade against illegal immigration; Jake Cormanthe most senior state senator; Joe Galea Montgomery County Commissioner; Charlie Gerowmarketing consultant and long-time conservative activist; Melissa Hart, lawyer and former congresswoman; state senator Doug Mastrianoa right-wing political force in Pennsylvania that aligned itself with Trump and pushed to cancel the 2020 presidential election; Bill McSwaina lawyer who was the Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia; jason richya Pittsburgh attorney who specializes in commercial and contractual litigation; David White, who runs a large plumbing and HVAC company and is a former county councilor in Delaware; and Nche Zamaa heart surgeon who ran units at various hospitals in Pennsylvania.

United States Senate in Pennsylvania

Both parties will have contested primaries.

Five filed for the Democratic Party nomination.

They are: emergency physician Kevin Baumlin; lieutenant governor John Fetterman; State Representative for the second term. Malcolm Kenyatta from Philadelphia; liberal activist Alex Khalil; and representing the United States for the third term. Conor Lamb from the suburbs of Pittsburgh.

On the Republican side, seven candidates.

They are: conservative activist Catherine Barnette, who has aligned itself with high-profile figures in Trump’s campaign to annul the 2020 presidential election; real estate investor Jeff Bartos, who was the party’s nominee for lieutenant governor in 2018; attorney George Bochetto; attorney Sean Gale; former hedge fund CEO David McCormick; Mehmet Ozself-styled health and wellness guru and author best known as host of “The Dr. Oz Show”; and Carla Sandsthe former Trump ambassador to Denmark who ran her late husband’s commercial real estate empire in California.

Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania

Both sides have contests for the open seat with Fetterman seeking a higher position.

On the Democratic side, three have filed, including two state lawmakers.

They are second term representative of the Pittsburgh area. austin davisrepresenting five terms. Brian Sims of Philadelphia and Raymond Sosaa financial planner who unsuccessfully ran for lieutenant governor in 2018. Davis is running on a ticket with Shapiro.

On the Republican side, nine candidates have filed.

They are: John Brownformer elected Northampton County executive and 2016 party nominee for Lieutenant Governor; Jeff Colmanformer state legislator and political and marketing consultant; Teddy Danielsa former police officer and military veteran who is aligned with Trump and says he was outside the US Capitol on the afternoon of the Jan. 6 uprising; Carrie DelRossoa freshman lawmaker from suburban Pittsburgh; Russian diamonda Lebanon County state legislator who played a leading role in resisting pandemic-era government measures; Christopher Friethe mayor of New Castle; james joneswho runs a petroleum and petroleum products trading business; Rick Saccone, a former Pittsburgh-area state legislator who was also outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6; and Clarice Schillingera Bucks County resident who became politically involved in school board races last year as part of a campaign against pandemic-era measures.

Congress: the 17 U.S. districts of Pennsylvania

Fifteen incumbents are up for reelection for Pennsylvania’s 17 congressional seats in the newly selected districts.

At least 56 candidates filed and most incumbents will have a challenge in the primary or general election.

Two districts in the Pittsburgh area have no incumbents and will provide an opportunity for newcomers. Six filed in the Pittsburgh district, while five filed in the district just to the west.

In southeastern Pennsylvania, all seven incumbents are up for re-election.

1st arrondissement: outgoing Republican Brian Fitzpatrick is seeking a fourth term and faces four challengers for the Republican nomination: Caroline Kay Avery, Alex Entin, Bradley James Lanning and Dasha Y. Pruett. Ashley Ehasz is the only Democrat to run in the primaries.

2nd constituency: Democratic incumbent Brendan Boyle is running for a third term and faces a challenge in the primary of Gilberto Gonzalez. Haroon Bashir is the only Republican to run in the primary.

3rd constituency: Democratic incumbent Dwight Evans is seeking a third term and faces a primary challenge from three candidates: Michael Cogbill, Alexandra Marguerite Hunt and Prince Melvin Johnakin. No Republican is running.

4th constituency: Democratic incumbent Madeleine Doyen Cunnane, seeking a third term, is running unopposed in the primary. Two Republicans are running in the primary: Daniel L. Burton Jr. and Sergio Christian Nascimento.

5th constituency: Democratic incumbent Mary Gay Scanlonrunning for a third term, faces Louis D. Lanni Jr. in the primary in May. David Lewczyk Galluch is the only Republican in the running.

6th constituency: Democratic incumbent Christina Jampoler Houlahan is running unopposed in the primary for a third term. Four Republicans are running in the primary: Guy Louis Ciarrocchi, Stephen A. Fanelli, Regina Mauro and Ronald Christopher Vogel.

7th arrondissement: Democratic incumbent wild susan ellis is running unopposed in the primary for a third term. Two Republicans are running in the primary: Kevin Willard Dellicker and Lisa Jane Scheller.

The Associated Press contributed reporting to this story.


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