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These are the candidates running for statewide office in Pennsylvania’s primary election

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John Cole, Pennsylvania Capital-Star
February 14, 2024

The deadline to file for Pennsylvania’s April 23 primary has passed, giving a look at which candidates will be on the ballot seeking their party’s nomination for president, U.S. Senator and three statewide row offices. 

Here’s who has filed the required nomination petitions for those statewide contests. 

President

President Joe Biden and U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) will appear on Pennsylvania’s Democratic Party ballot for president. On the Republican Party ballot, voters will select between  former President Donald Trump or former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley. 

Biden and Trump currently lead the delegate race for their respective party’s nomination. 

U.S. Senator

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, who is seeking his fourth term in the U.S. Senate, will be the only Democrat on the ballot for his party in April, since no other Democratic candidates filed to run for the seat. 

Republican voters will choose between David McCormick, a former hedge fund manager and combat veteran, and Joseph Vodvarka, a multiple time candidate for office, on the ballot for U.S. Senate. 

Brandi Tomasetti, secretary and treasurer for Conestoga Township in Lancaster County, announced her intention to seek the GOP nomination in January, but didn’t file by the deadline. 

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party formally endorsed Casey’s bid for the seat at the state committee meeting in December, while the Pennsylvania Republican Party announced its support for McCormick’s candidacy for the GOP nomination in October. 

With control of the U.S. Senate potentially on the line, the race in Pennsylvania will be an expensive one, sure to grab national attention. 

The Cook Political Report ranks the Pennsylvania race for U.S. Senate as “leans Democratic.” 

Attorney General

Seven candidates have filed to run for attorney general in Pennsylvania, the biggest field of candidates of any statewide race in 2024. 

Pennsylvania Attorney General Michele Henry, appointed by Gov. Josh Shapiro to finish out his term when he was elected governor, is not seeking election in 2024.

Eugene DePasquale, former Pennsylvania Auditor General; Jack Stollsteimer, Delaware County District Attorney; Jared Solomon, a state Representative from Philadelphia; Joe Khan, a former Bucks County solicitor and federal prosecutor; and Keir Bradford-Grey, former Philadelphia Chief Public Defender will appear on the Democratic Party primary ballot for attorney general. 

Dave Sunday, York County District Attorney, and Craig Williams, a state Representative from Delaware County, will be on the Republican Party primary ballot. 

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party did not make an endorsement in the race for attorney general, since none of the candidates received the votes required at its December meeting. 

In January, the Pennsylvania Republican Party endorsed Sunday’s bid for attorney general. 

Former Delaware County District Attorney Kat Copeland, announced her candidacy for the GOP nomination in November, but dropped out of the race after the state party announced it was supporting Sunday’s candidacy. 

Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball rates the race for attorney general as a “toss-up.” 

Auditor General

Auditor General Tim DeFoor, who is seeking a second term, is the only Republican who filed to run, with two Democrats running to challenge him. 

State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, (D-Philadelphia), and Lehigh County Controller Mark Pinsley will appear on the Democratic primary ballot. 

DeFoor is endorsed by the Pennsylvania Republican Party, while Kenyatta received the Pennsylvania Democratic Party endorsement. 

In October, state Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks) announced his candidacy for auditor general, but dropped out of the race in January and endorsed Kenyatta.  

DeFoor was one of two Republicans to win statewide office in Pennsylvania in 2020, when he defeated Democrat Nina Ahmad by 3 points for the open seat. 

Treasurer

State Treasurer Stacy Garrity will be the only Republican candidate on the primary ballot in April. Garrity, first elected in 2020 by narrowly defeating incumbent Treasurer Joe Torsella (D), is seeking a second term in office.

Ryan Bizzarro, a state representative from Erie County, and Erin McClelland, a former small business owner from Allegheny County, are the two Democrats on the ballot. 

Garrity is endorsed by the Pennsylvania Republican Party, while Bizzarro received the Pennsylvania Democratic Party endorsement. She’s also the first statewide candidate to announce her endorsement for Trump’s 2024 White House bid.

Future deadlines  

While Tuesday afternoon was an important deadline for candidates, Feb. 20 is the last date to file objections to nomination petitions and February 28 is the last day for withdrawal by candidates who filed nomination petitions.

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