Just a few weeks after filing a statement of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission, Jeff Bartos formally announced his entrance into the 2022 U.S. Senate race on Monday morning.
Bartos, a Montgomery County real estate developer who was the GOP Lt. Governor nominee in 2018, rolled out his campaign launch with a video on YouTube that is just under 3 minutes long. In that video, he promotes his family’s roots in the state and recent work with the Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund, a nonprofit that he co-founded to aid small businesses and their employees in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“When you speak to people across Pennsylvania, they want to know that you hear them, and that they are not forgotten,” Bartos said.
Bartos continues in the video to laud former President Donald Trump as someone who was fighting for Pennsylvanians and shared a message about the way the commonwealth should be viewed by elected officials.
“Donald Trump represented someone listening to millions who felt like no one was fighting for them,” Bartos said. “We cannot go back to the days when elected officials in Washington thought of Pennsylvania as just two cities and a whole lot of farm land in between.”
On Twitter, he shared a 15 second clip of the announcement video along with the following message promoting his candidacy.
“I’m running for U.S. Senate to get sh** done,” Bartos wrote in a Tweet on Monday morning. “It’s time to make sure that the average Pennsylvanian has a fighting chance to live their own American Dream. Learn more about my fight.”
I’m running for U.S. Senate to get shit done.
— Jeff Bartos (@jeff_bartos) March 8, 2021
While Bartos’ work with the Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund is featured throughout the launch video with various clips from Pennsylvania news outlets, he also joined Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News last week to promote it.
This is the second time that Bartos has formally announced a bid for the U.S. Senate.
In 2017, Bartos was a candidate for Senate, but ended his campaign to join state Sen. Scott Wagner’s campaign as his lieutenant governor candidate.
Bartos received just under 47% of the vote in the four candidate 2018 GOP primary to secure the nomination for Lt. Governor. Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman bested Wagner and Bartos by 17 points in the 2018 general election.
Bartos has the highest name ID among Republicans statewide to announce a bid for the Senate in 2022 so far, but he isn’t the only candidate in the race.
Sean Gale, an attorney, and Everett Stern, a businessman and HSBC whistleblower, have also both formally announced their entrance into the race to succeed outgoing GOP Sen. Pat Toomey.
Other Republicans that are reportedly interested in seeking the GOP nomination according to Politico include, Reps. Mike Kelly (R-Butler), Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny), former Congressman Ryan Costello (R-Chester), former Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite, former gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango, former U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain, former U.S. Ambassador Carla Sands, business consultant Craig Snyder, and former congressional candidate Sean Parnell.
The Democratic field is expected to be crowded as well.
According to Politico, others potential Democratic candidates include Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia), Chrissy Houlahan (D-Chester), Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny), Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh, state Sen. Sharif Street, and Philadelphia City Councilmember Helen Gym.