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Meet Raja and Matt Smith: Chamber of Commerce to Host Candidate Q&A

A "meet-the-candidates" breakfast with state Senate contenders Matt Smith and D. Raja is slated for Friday morning in North Fayette

Candidates for the state's 37th senatorial district will face off in a meet-the-candidates event sponsored by the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Mt. Lebanon Republican D. Raja and Democratic state Rep. Matt Smith will take part in a morning discussion Friday morning at the Cornerstone at Tonidale along Steubenville Pike in North Fayette. 

The talk will be moderated by Frank Polito, a regional director of government affairs for Comcast. 

Tickets for the event, which is scheduled to take place from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., are $30 for chamber members and $45 for non-members. 

The event is billed as an opportunity to meet the candidates and "exchange ideas about the latest issues impacting our region," according to a statement from the chamber.

To attend call 412.264.6270 or visit the chamber's website. Registration for the event is also available at this link.

D. Raja, a former Mt. Lebanon commissioner and software company CEO, notched the Republican nomination earlier this year to replace former. Sen. John Pippy, R-Moon, in the 37th district.  

Mt. Lebanon attorney Smith was nominated in July by Allegheny and Washington county Democrats to vie for the seat.

Pippy, whose term was set to expire at the end of the year, resigned from his seat in June to head the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance special interest group.

This story originally appeared on Robinson-Moon Patch

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