According to NBC10’s Lauren Mayk, state Sen. Sharif Street said that he’s going to be launching an exploratory committee for the open U.S. Senate seat in April, which will “come with a website, social media, events,” and followed by a final decision of whether or not to formally enter the race later in the year.
PA Sen @StreetForPA tells me he’ll launch exploratory committee for US Senate seat in April, which will come with website, social media, events, and make a final decision later in the year.
— Lauren Mayk (@Laurenjmayk) February 23, 2021
Street added to Mayk that although multiple Democrats have already officially announced their entrance into the race, now-President Joe Biden wasn’t the first Democrat to launch a bid in 2020 and still won his race.
PoliticsPA is seeking comment from Street about his interest in the race.
Street is currently serving his second term in the state Senate. He secured the Democratic Party nomination for the open seat in the 3rd Senate District in 2016 after incumbent state Sen. Shirley Kitchen decided to not seek reelection. Street was unopposed in both 2016 and his 2020 general reelection bid.
In July 2018, Street was elected to serve as the Vice Chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. He still serves in this role for the PA Democratic Party today.
Street made headlines across the commonwealth this week when he and state Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-Erie), unveiled a bipartisan bill to legalize adult use of recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania.
Three Democrats thus far have formally announced a bid for the open seat. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Philadelphia), and former Norristown Borough Council President John McGuigan have all launched their campaigns for Senate.
However the Democratic field is expected to grow in the coming weeks and months.
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, and Philadelphia City Councilmember Helen Gym.
The GOP field is expected to be crowded as well.
Sean Gale, an attorney, formally announced his entrance into the race to succeed outgoing GOP Sen. Pat Toomey last week. 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 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.