Rep. Matt Smith to Challenge Raja for 37th Senatorial District
The Mt. Lebanon-area man will compete for the district seat that oversees Whitehall Borough.
No Democrat officially sought Pippy's seat during a spring primary. Former Democratic candidate Greg Parks, who was also running as a write-in, dropped out of the race in June.
Smith made his formal entrance into the race with a statement on Thursday night.
"Over the last several days, I have been approached by friends and supporters—Republicans, Democrats and Independents, and voters from across the 37th Senate District—to run for the state Senate," Smith said. "After discussing the opportunity with my family, I have decided to seek the ... 37th Senatorial District.
"I have been humbled and gratified by the outpouring of bipartisan encouragement I have received."
The 37th District includes all of Whitehall Borough.
This article originally appeared on the Robinson-Moon Patch.
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