The Big List of Pittsburgh candidates in 2018

Keep track of Pittsburgh-area candidates here.

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MJ Slaby

Updated, May 11

Mark your calendar for May 15 and Nov. 6.

Those are the dates of the 2018 primary and general elections, respectively. General election ballots will include members of the Allegheny County’s Harrisburg delegation, Pa. governor and lieutenant governor as well as the Pa. congressional delegation.

There are also three special elections this year, to replace former U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, former state Rep. Marc Gergely and former Pittsburgh City Council member Dan Gilman.

Here at The Incline, we’re tracking who’s running and will be regularly updating this list.

U.S. Senator

Sen. Bob Casey (D)

Casey is running for a third term.  Republicans Paul Addis, Cynthia Ayers and Bobby Lawrence dropped out of the race. So did Republican Joe Vodvarka. Democrat Theresa Wright also dropped out.


U.S. Representatives

Special election to replace Rep. Tim Murphy (R)

Pa. District 18; Map

With votes still being counted more than a week later, Democrat Conor Lamb leads Republican Rick Saccone by several hundred votes  following the March 13 special election. The New York Times and NBC called the election for Lamb, while the Associated Press has yet to declare a winner. Murphy resigned Oct. 5, 2017, following claims he mistreated staff and urged the woman he was having an affair with to have an abortion, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

This section has been updated to reflect the new congressional districts in place for the May primary.

Pa. District 14



Pa. District 17



  • Democrat Conor Lamb
    • Democrats  Aaron Anthony and Erin McClelland dropped out of the race to support Lamb on March 19 and March 20, respectively. On March 27, Democrat Beth Tarasi also dropped out of the race citing strong support for Lamb. Democrat Ray Linsenmayer dropped out and gave support to Lamb on April 15. Previously, Democrat John Stolz dropped out of the then-District 12 race on Dec. 5 and endorsed Linsenmayer.
  • Republican U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus (incumbent)

Pa. District 18



Pennsylvania governor and lieutenant governor

Gov. Tom Wolf (D)

Wolf confirmed he’s running for an second term.


Lt. Gov. Mike Stack (D)

Stack is seeking reelection. Democrat Madeleine Dean withdrew from the race to run for U.S. Congress. Republicans Gordon Denlinger  and Otto Voit dropped out of the race. Democrat Aryanna Berringer also dropped out.


State Senators

Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R)

District 38; Map

Vulakovich is seeking reelection.


Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D)

District 42; Map

State Representatives

Rep. Robert F. Matzie (D)

District 16; Map

Rep. Jake Wheatley Jr. (D)

District 19; Map


Rep. Adam Ravenstahl (D)

District 20; Map


Rep. Dom Costa (D)

District 21; Map


Rep. Dan Frankel (D)

District 23; Map


Rep. Ed Gainey (D)

District 24; Map


Rep. Joseph F. Markosek (D)

District 25; Map

Markosek isn’t running for reelection.


Rep. Daniel J. Deasy (D)

District 27: Map

Rep. Mike Turzai (R)

District 28; Map

Turzai was running for governor, but later dropped out of the race. He’s running for reelection for his current seat.


Rep. Hal English (R)

District 30; Map


Rep. Anthony M. DeLuca (D)

District 32; Map


Rep. Frank Dermody (D)

District 33; Map


Rep. Paul Costa (D)

District 34; Map


Rep Austin Davis (D.)

District 35; Map

Democrat Austin Davis defeated Republican Fawn Walker-Montgomery in a Jan. 23 special election with nearly 74 percent of the vote. Mark Gergely (D) resigned Nov. 6 ahead of sentencing for connections to an illegal gambling ring. A special election to replace him was Jan 23, TribLive reported. Davis is running for reelection.

Rep. Harry Readshaw (D)

District 36; Map

Rep. Bill Kortz (D)

District 38; Map

Rep. Rick Saccone (R)

District 39; Map

Saccone is running for U.S. Congress in the 14th District.


Rep. John Maher (R)

District 40; Map

Maher is not running for reelection.


Rep. Daniel Miller (D)

District 42; Map

Rep. Mark Mustio (R)

District 44; Map

Mustio is not running again.


Rep. Anita Astorino Kulik (D)

District 45; Map


Rep. Jason Ortitay (R)

District 46; Map

Ortitay sought the congressional seat vacated by Murphy, but is now running for reelection to his current seat.


Rep. Eli Evankovich (R)

District 54; Map

Evankovich isn’t running again. Democrat Rich Callender dropped out of the race.


Pittsburgh City Council

Special election winner: Erika Strassburger

District 8; Map

Former Council Member Dan Gilman resigned to become chief of staff for Mayor Bill Peduto after Kevin Acklin resigned to take a job with Peoples Gas. Gilman’s former Chief of Staff Erika Strassburger, who sought the Democratic nod, ran as an Independent and won the special election on March 6 with nearly 64 percent of the vote. She faced Democrat Sonja Finn, Republican Rennick Remley, and Marty Healey, formerly a Democratic candidate, who as a member of the Inclusion Party, created by his supporters.