Candidates Prepare for 2012 Primary Election

Read our complete list of primary election candidates who filed to run in the April 24 primary.

Candidates have filed their election petitions for the upcoming primary, and several local candidates will face challenges.

Unless a challenge by Republican state lawmakers to push the election back is upheld or the districts are properly formatted, the primary is scheduled for April 24.

Below are the races that residents in Dormont and Brookline will want to keep an eye on during the primary and the November general election. To view the entire candidate roster, see the Pennsylvania Department of State’s website.

Pennsylvania U.S. Senator

U.S. Senator Bob Casey will face one challenger, Joe Vodvarka of Findlay Township, who was booted from the Democratic Senate primary two years ago for not having enough signatures on his petition. Five Republican state representatives, Sam Rohrer, Steven Welch, Marc Scaringi, Tom Smith and David Christian are vying to unseat Casey.

18th Congressional District

Two Upper St. Clair residents will face off in the Republican primary as Evan Feinberg tries to unseat U.S. Rep Tim Murphy in the 18th congressional district. The winner will then face Washington County Commissioner Larry Maggi, who is running as a Democrat, in the November general election.

22nd State House District

Four Democrats are vying in the primary to replace former state Rep. Chelsea Wagner after she resigned her 22nd district seat in January to become Allegheny County controller. Erin Molchany of Pittsburgh, Martin Schmotzer of Whitehall, Stephanie Crossey of Pittsburgh and Shawn Lunny of Pittsburgh will be facing off in the Democratic primary. Chris Cratsley is running unopposed in the Republican primary and will face whoever wins the Democratic nomination.

27th State House District

State Rep. Dan Deasy will run unopposed on the Democratic ticket for the 27th district seat.

14th Congressional District

Incumbent Mike Doyle, a Democrat from Forest Hills, will face off with Democrat Janis Brooks, a North Versailles resident, in the primary for the Democratic nomination. The winner will face off with Republican Hans Lessmann of Forest Hills. The 14th Congressional District covers Brookline and Dormont.

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Robert Tamburo February 21, 2012 at 01:50 PM
My Dormont address is in the 18th Congressional District. You can check on the state legislature page: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/index.cfm?CFID=112198472&CFTOKEN=24296049
Kevin Kelly February 21, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Good point. Erin, could you add the 18th? I appreciate seeing this information so early.
Erin Faulk February 21, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Oops, sorry for that oversight. Info has been added.
Erin Faulk March 21, 2012 at 05:40 PM
UPDATE: Democrat Stephanie Crossey of Pittsburgh has dropped out of the race for the 22nd State House seat.


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