Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Matt Smith defeated D. Raja for Pennsylvania State Senate with 53% of the vote.
Matt Smith bear hugged supporters and feverishly pumped hit arms in the air moments after learning he had won election to the Pennsylvania State Senate. The normally subdued 3-term state representative showed more emotion than usual after a hard-fought battle against fellow Mt. Lebanon resident D. Raja. Smith takes over the seat formerly held by John Pippy. The district wraps around the South Hills of Pittsburgh from Peters Township up to Findlay. “When you have a message that resonates, then that will trump money every day of the week,” Smith said about being outspent 3-to-1 on the airwaves. “The message we have is resonating with people.” Smith, standing with his wife, Eileen, and three young children, Delaney, Emerson and Jameson, …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Pennsylvania's 37th Senatorial District seat will remain vacant for now.
Pennsylvania's Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley has decided that there will not be a special election to fill the state's 37th Senatorial District seat, which was left vacant by the recent resignation of Republican John Pippy. Consistent with state law governing special elections, Cawley decided that such an election would not be in the best interest of the public given that the regularly scheduled election for the full four-year term of Pippy's old seat will take place on Nov. 6. Questions remain regarding which Democrat will face Republican D. Raja in that November election to fill Pippy's seat. Greg Parks was expected to run against Raja, but Parks has dropped out of the race. --- Follow the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The Pennsylvania primary election brought plenty of upsets and surprises. Murphy defeated Feinberg, Critz beat Altmire, Raja crushed Mustio and Tom Smith will take on Bob Casey in the fall. Read all of the local election stories here!
There were a few surprises in the Pennsylvania election primary Tuesday night. Mitt Romney cruised to an easy victory over his Republican opponents in the race to go against President Barack Obama. Also, Republican Tom Smith won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate and will face incumbent Bob Casey Jr. in the general election. U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy easily fended off a challenge from political newcomer Evan Feinberg in the 18th Congressional District. He will now face Washington County Commissioner Larry Maggi in the fall. The biggest surprise of the night was D. Raja crushing Mark Mustio and Sue Means in the race for the GOP state senate nomination. The nasty campaign led to a mudslinging “ceasefire” by Mustio’s camp, but the damage …
D. Raja crushed state Rep. Mark Mustio and Sue Means after a bitter campaign battle.
Mt. Lebanon business owner D. Raja grabbed the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania's 37th senatorial district in Tuesday's primary. Raja, who is vying to replace outgoing state Sen. John Pippy, R-Moon, won the GOP nomination with more than 40 percent of the vote, according to unofficial returns. No Democrat has entered the race for the seat but Pleasant Hills Democrat Greg Parks has indicated that he will run as a write-in candidate, according to the Raja campaign. Raja and his supporters are now gathered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Pittsburgh. His opponent, state Rep. Mark Mustio, R-Moon, conceded the race. "Tomorrow is when the real work begins," Raja said of the general election. "I was thinking we were going to have tonight to …
Friday, November 4, 2011
Fitzgerald and Raja continue to mix it up in this nasty race.
They’ve debated many times, slung a fair amount of mud at each other, and now, after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertising, signs and staff, Allegheny County voters get the final say Tuesday on who will be their next County Executive, the Republican nominee, D. Raja, or Democrat Rich Fitzgerald. Raja, like any Republican in Allegheny County faces an uphill battle where Democrats outnumber the GOP by a roughly 3-1 margin. In an apparent attempt to counter the disparity, Raja outspent Fitzgerald by a 2-to-1 margin from June through late October, according the last major campaign finance reports before the Nov. 8 election. Both promise to keep taxes at bay, while improving the economic climate and retaining current social …
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Drink tax and personal attacks draw sharp exchanges from both Allegheny County exec candidates.
With the general election looming, Allegheny County Executive candidates D. Raja and Rich Fitzgerald sparred over the future of the county's drink tax, job creation and other issues Thursday night in a debate at Robert Morris University. Raja, a Republican from Mt. Lebanon, and Fitzgerald, a Democrat from Squirrel Hill, also discussed their views on property taxes, Port Authority transit and Marcellus Shale drilling, hoping to make an impact on voters by the election Nov. 8. Although the event was billed as a debate and began at 8 p.m., Raja answered questions alone for 30 minutes because Fitzgerald was tied up at another event and had not arrived. Before Fitzgerald walked into the university's Academic Media Center, moderator Justin Downs…
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Group is looking to revitalize the popular Mt. Lebanon cinema.
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Thursday, September 22, 2011
When Valerie Golik stands inside the old Denis Theatre, she doesn’t see a dilapidated cinema that has fallen into disrepair over the past few years. Instead, she envisions a thriving cultural and arts center that could become an entertainment hub for uptown Mt. Lebanon and the surrounding communities. “People remember the Denis Theatre, but it’s a whole new game in town,” Golik said. “We want it to be a place where the moment you walk in the door, you know the arts are important; a place where the arts thrive.” Golik, the executive director of The Denis Theatre Foundation, and countless volunteers from around the area are relishing this promising, albeit challenging, task. The once popular cinema has rotted over the years after closing in …