The 34-year old native of Northeast Philadelphia attended Gibbs College. A first-time candidate, she is the Executive Director of the Parkwood Therapeutic Riding Center.
The center provides children with special needs the opportunity to gain “a sense of independence, freedom, and skillset while being in a therapeutic equine environment.”
“She will be the strongest candidate in this election,” a source close to Lt. Gov Stack told PoliticsPA. “Sarah is well-known in the community. She is popular and I know she’ll be well-received by voters.”
Part of the decision to choose Sarah was to “embrace her diversity” as a female candidate (her opponent is Republican Martina White).
Stack’s team also criticized Speaker Turzai for scheduling this special election in March which would “cost the taxpayers more money.”
The contest is set for March 24th.
Update: Lieutenant Governor Stack has released an official statement on Del Ricci’s nomination:
“Sarah Del Ricci is a respected, popular and active member of our community and will be an excellent candidate for the upcoming special election. Her nomination makes a strong statement about our commitment to diversity and desire to field a strong candidate up to the challenge of running against a well-funded Republican in what is certainly going to be a hotly contested election.”
Update 2: Chris Brennan of the Inquirer is reporting that Seth Kaplan, the choice of Brendan and Kevin Boyle, will wage an independent campaign.