State Rep. Tim Solobay announced this morning he will seek the Democratic nomination to replace state Sen. J. Barry Stout.
Mr. Solobay, 53, of Canonsburg, has served six terms as state representative in the 48th District of Washington County. Mr. Stout, 73, announced last month he will retire after serving in the Senate since 1977 in a seat that covers all of Greene County, most of Washington County and parts of Allegheny, Beaver and Westmoreland counties.
"In recent weeks, there has been a serious drop-off in the degree of political clout on the state and national level in our area with the retirement of Pennsylvania Sen. Barry Stout and the untimely death of Congressman Jack Murtha," said Mr. Solobay. "But with my knowledge and 12 years of experience in working within the legislative system, I can continue to provide the type of leadership and political capital necessary to get things done for our area."
Two Washington County commissioners, J. Bracken Burns and Larry Maggi, also may seek the Democratic nomination in the May 18 primary.
Ed Blazina: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1470.