The Senate race in Pennsylvania has been heating up in recent weeks, with Republican incumbent Pat Toomey running unopposed, while three candidates face off for the Democratic nomination.
Toomey has served as a Junior Senator since 2011, and before taking office, served as a Representative to the 15th District for six years. He was a leading force on the JOBS Act of 2012, which was signed into law by President Obama. Currently, Toomey serves on the Finance, Banking, and Budget committees, and has previous experience on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. He has been endorsed by the Pennsylvania State Troopers.
Katie McGinty, Joe Sestak, and John Fetterman are all vying for the nod in Tuesday’s primary election. Though their names may be new to some voters, all three candidates have years of government experience.
Katie McGinty is a familiar face to voters, as she ran for Governor in 2014 against Tom Wolf. After losing the election, she was appointed by Governor Wolf to be his Chief of Staff. Her previous experience also includes become the first woman to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality under President Bill Clinton and acted as a legislative assistant to Al Gore. McGinty’s platform focuses on creating jobs and growing the economy, education, energy opportunities, protecting the environment, affordable healthcare, strengthening national security, women’s rights, LGBT Equality, Social Security and Medicare. She is endorsed by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bob Casey, and former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.
Joe Sestak lost one of the closest senate races in history in 2010, losing by two points to Senator Pat Toomey. Before serving as a Congressman for the seventh Congressional District from 2007 to 2010, Sestak served as an officer and then an Admiral in the U.S. Navy, making him the highest ranking officer to ever be elected to office. One of is most passionate area’s of his platform is healthcare; his daughter Alex is a survivor of brain cancer. Due to his military healthcare plan, he was able to afford the best care for her, and believes everyone is entitled to affordable healthcare. During his campaign he walked 422 miles across Pennsylvania to “Walk a Mile in Your Shoes,” an inspiration he got from one of Alex’s childhood drawings.
John Fetterman is in his third term as Mayor of Braddock County. As Mayor, he officiated one of the first same-sex marriages within the state of Pennsylvania. Mayor Fetterman earned a Masters Degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and leads a platform focused on finding solutions in social work, business and public policy to confront urban challenges and economic inequality. He has been endorsed by the Harrisburg Patriot-News, former presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, and Pittsburg NORML.