Exactly one month after he formed a Senate exploratory committee, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman formally announced his candidacy for the 2022 U.S. Senate race on Monday morning.
“There’s a lot of great towns in Pennsylvania that people living there feel like their best days were a generation ago or more,” Fetterman says at the beginning of his video announcement. “No one deserves to be abandoned. These communities deserved to, to be helped.”
Thank you to the 37,000 grassroots donors who stepped up.
Now, it’s my turn.
— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) February 8, 2021
This will be Fetterman’s second bid for the seat.
Prior to defeating incumbent Lt. Gov. Mike Stack in the Democratic primary in 2018, Fetterman, while serving as the Mayor of Braddock, finished in third place behind Katie McGinty and former Congressman Joe Sestak in the 2016 Senate Democratic primary, securing just under 20% of the vote in the four candidate primary.
Sen. Pat Toomey, who’s current term ends in 2022, announced that he is not seeking reelection.
Two weeks after Fetterman announced the formation of a Senate exploratory committee, he said he already raised over $1 million. During his 2016 Senate bid, the then-Braddock mayor raised just under $760,000 during the campaign.
In an email to supporters on Monday morning, Fetterman said he will say “no to: Special interests, inequality, injustice, corporate control, hacky partisan political maneuvering,” and “Yes to: Legal weed, universal health care, LGBTQIA+ protection under law, the union way of life, second chances, racial justice, ending COVID, raising the minimum wage, beating climate change. Oh yeah, and Sheetz. Always Sheetz.”
The 2022 race for Senate in Pennsylvania is expected to be crowded.
According to Politico, others that have been reported as potential 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, while former Norristown borough councilman John McGuigan has already formally announced his entrance into the race. The Republicans that are reportedly interested in succeeding Toomey 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 Lt. governor candidate Jeff Bartos, former U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain, former U.S. Ambassador Carla Sands, business consultant Craig Snyder, and former congressional candidate Sean Parnell.