Stefano Announces Bid for SD-32
Pat Stefano, a local small businessman and community leader, formally announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for the State Senate in Pennsylvania’s 32nd District.
“In the coming months, I will work hard to personally meet with residents in each community so they know where I stand and what my priorities will be in office: fighting for our jobs, leading on government reform, controlling spending to protect taxpayers, and meeting the needs of local families and seniors,” said Stefano. “My focus will never be on politics, instead I will work with legislators and local officials from either party to best serve and support local taxpayers.”
Stefano is the current Vice President of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Greater Connellsville and Morgantown Chambers of Commerce. He’s never run for office before.
SD-32 is currently held by Democratic Sen. Rich Kasunic (D-Fayette). It’s the most conservative Senate district held by a Democrat and is a major target for the GOP this year. Romney won the southwestern Pa. district 60% to 40% in 2012, while Tom Smith outpaced Bob Casey 55% to 45%. Kathleen Kane won 54% to 46%.
GOP chatter suggests the party is planning to spend $750,000 to $1 million to oust him.
PoliticsPA is seeking comment from Kasunic.
A lifelong resident of Dunbar Township, Sen. Kasunic was elected in 1982 to represent the 52nd Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He served in the House for six terms before choosing to run for the Senate in 1994. He’s held the seat ever since.