Saturday, July 14, 2012
State Rep. Matt Smith announced he will seek the Democratic nomination to replace former state Sen. John Pippy.
In what might have been the worst kept political secret this election season, state Rep. Matt Smith announced he will seek the Democratic nomination to replace former state Sen. John Pippy. The three-term Democratic representative must go through the Allegheny and Washington counties Democratic committees nomination processes after Greg Parks withdrew his name from the race late last month. That allowed Smith to throw his name into the ring to be the likely challenger running against Republican nominee D. Raja. Both men live in Mt. Lebanon. “I committed myself from my first campaign forward to being a champion of government reform and accountability, job creation and smart, fair tax policies,” Smith said. “While we have made great strides…
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley will have to decide whether to hold a special election to fill the last few months of John Pippy’s senate term.
State Sen. John Pippy’s resignation could leave his constituents without a senator for the next six months. According to state law, if a senate vacancy happens less than seven months before the expiration of the term, Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley has 10 days to decide if there should be a special election or let the seat remain empty. Pippy, R-Moon, resigned from his position over the weekend after voting on the budget. However, his district and capital staff members are expected to remain intact to assist constituents. With less than six months left until the term expires, Cawley will have to decide if a special election is “in the public interest,” according to state law. Matthew Keeler, a spokesman for the state Department of State, said Cawley …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
D. Raja, Sue Means and state Rep. Mark Mustio are vying to replace outgoing state Sen. John Pippy.
The three candidates competing for the 37th district state Senate seat to replace outgoing Sen. John Pippy convened April 10 at Peters Township Middle School for a debate. Former Mt. Lebanon Commissioner D. Raja, Sue Means of Bethel Park and state Rep. Mark Mustio, of Moon Township, answered questions—both broad and specific—concerning their role if they took office and their stance on issues concerning area residents. The three candidates will face-off in the primary election on April 24. Means, who has a background in nursing, said she’s running because she’s concerned about the direction of our country and the “out-of-control spending” in Harrisburg. “Our state is sick,” she said. “Our government is infected with parasites. It’s an over…
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Mark Mustio, D. Raja and Sue Means are vying to win the Republican nomination for the 37th Senate District.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Two Republicans have joined state Rep. Mark Mustio as they fight to replace outgoing state Sen. John Pippy. D. Raja, the Mt. Lebanon businessman who unsuccessfully ran for Allegheny County chief executive and Bethel Park native Sue Means will go against Mustio in the Republican primary for Pennsylvania’s 37th Senate District. No Democrats filed, meaning the primary likely will decide the winner of the seat. Mustio is also seeking re-election in the state house. Means, a longtime grassroots activist and educator, touted her 27 years of experience in advocating limited government and her commitment to being a "citizen legislator" rather than a career politician. "We need legislators whose main goal is to serve the people, rather than pursue …