The party has decided and Sarah Del Ricci will be the Democratic nominee in the HD-170 special election.
Sarah is the wife of John Del Ricci, the man it was rumored Lieutenant Mike Stack was supporting in the nomination battle to fill the 170th district seat.
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.
Congratulations we know you will do a great job .thats what happens to people who like to bring others personal business out in the open to make themselves look better than that person (they loose )
I don’t know why all the insults are coming from. Not too many intelligent responding here! DelRicci seems to be best candidate here as I see it. Not about republican or democrat, it is about experience and present and past experiences. Not about not being elected into senate, and turning your back on democrats because they did not elect you into Senator race. I see honesty, determination, integrity and loyalty with a whole lot of expertise in getting the job done for the people. Look what she has succeeded in doing with the therapeutic business she started from scratch, and it is successful in helping the children with disabilities. The woman has 3 children and she will do what is right to make it a better place for her family. Yeah I will stick to DelRicci!