The 32nd State Senate seat is considered by political observers to be one of the tightest races in the state. Democratic nominee Deb Kula took a major step forward with the release of her first TV ad.
Much like another commercial from SD-26 Democratic nominee John Kane, Kula uses her 30-second spot to go after Gov. Corbett’s education policy, while still remaining positively upbeat throughout.
“As State Senator, I’ll fight to create jobs and reverse Governor Corbett’s billion dollar cuts to education,” Kula states in the ad.
The current Senator representing State Senate’s 32nd district is Rich Kasunic, a Democrat who is retiring after serving since 1995. The retirement of Kasunic opened the race up for Republican candidate Pat Stefano, who has the backing of Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati.
In 2012, the 32nd district voted for Mitt Romney by a wide margin (60% to 40%), while Republican Tom Smith and Democrat Kathleen Kane won around 55% of the votes.
That means the district is considered a major toss up in the November elections.
The State Senate 32nd district is made up of all of Fayette and Somerset counties, as well as a small part of Westmoreland County. Both Kula and Stefano are from Fayette County, a longtime Democratic voting area.
Kula is currently a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and has served in the 52nd district since 2006. Stefano is a local small businessman.