The state Senate race will impact Peters Township residents and those who reside in parts of Allegheny County greatly—the Republican winner on April 24 could be an unchallenged nominee in November.
The Peters Township Republicans organization is hosting a debate between the Republican candidates for the 37th Senatorial District seat, currently held by Sen. John Pippy.
The debate will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, in the auditorium of Peters Township Middle School. Rep. John Maher, who represents Pennsylvania's 40th District—also a candidate for PA Auditor General—will lead the opening ceremonies.
The debating candidates are: Sue Ann Means, Republican state committee woman from Bethel Park; Mark Mustio, 44th District state Representative from Moon Township; and D. Raja, Mt. Lebanon commissioner—also a recent candidate for Allegheny County Executive. All three candidates will participate in the structured debate forum—moderated by Peters Councilman David Ball.
There are no opposing Democrat candidates on the ballot.
“It is unlikely an Independent or a 'write-in' candidate could mount a successful campaign, which means the (state) Senatorial race for District 37 will be decided in the April 24 primary election," said Laura Zajdel, Peters Republicans co-chair, in a release. “The public will have the opportunity to meet the candidates at the conclusion of the debate, ask questions, and obtain yard signs and campaign supplies.”
The 37th District includes part of Washington County, namely all of Peters Township; part of Allegheny County consisting of the following townships: Aleppo, Collier, Findlay, Kilbuck, Leet, Moon, Mount Lebanon, North Fayette, Ohio, South Fayette, South Park and Upper St. Clair; and the boroughs of Avalon, Bell Acres, Ben Avon, Ben Avon Heights, Bethel Park, Bridgeville, Edgeworth, Emsworth, Glenfield, Haysville, Jefferson Hills, Leetsdale, Oakdale, Glen Osborne, Pleasant Hills, Sewickley, Sewickley Heights, Sewickley Hills and Whitehall.
All candidate information will be available at PTR's booth in the middle school lobby the night of the event.
For more information, contact Washington County chair Thomas Uram at 412-418-0783, Peters Republicans co-chairs Eric Rouillard at 724-969-1177 or Laura Zajdel at 724-559-8742.
Visit www.petersrepublicans.com for more information.