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Former Navy Vice Admiral Joe Sestak running for Senate


MARCH 2015, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Former Navy Vice Admiral Joe Sestak running for Senate


REGION- March 5th- Former Navy Vice Admiral and two term United States House of Representative Joe Sestak made it official that he will attempt a rematch against Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania Pat Toomey in 2016. Mr. Sestak will seek to become the Democratic nominee in 2016 that will likely face Mr. Toomey, who has not yet stated he would seek a second six-year term.

Mr. Sestak formally announced on March 4th in Philadelphia that would attempt to gain his party nomination next year and attempt to win the seat in next November’s general election. So far, no other Democrat has announced they would challenge Mr. Sestak for the nomination however, former U.S. House of Representative from Northeastern Pennsylvania Chris Carney has suggested he might run. Mr. Carney represented the 10th legislative district in Washington DC for two terms.

Meanwhile, Mr. Sestak since losing to Senator Toomey has attended labor events and appeared to be a political candidate. He defeated Incumbent Senator Alen Specter for the Democratic nomination in the spring of 2010 and nearly lost to Mr. Toomey that November.

After the primary election that year Mr. Sestak received the endorsement of the Pennsylvania American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO labor federation in Harrisburg. Also, most labor organizations that endorsed a candidate for the senatorial election that year supported Mr. Sestak.

Voter turnout will likley be higher in the Democratic party rich areas of Pennsylvania including the Philadelphia region in 2016 over 2010 because it will be a Presidential and U.S. Congressional election year.