Pa. House Dem Hopefuls Hit the Air (Watch Videos)

Ryan Bizzarro for State Rep. Not pictured: Tom Ridge’s daughter.

The election is in one month, and now even state House candidates are getting in on the action. Here are campaign ads from the Democrats on TV.

3 of the 5 are candidates from PoliticsPA’s list of Top 10 House Races a month ago. The other 2 are candidates who could make our forthcoming list next week.

4 of the 5 ads are paid for by the House Democratic Campaign Committee.

We’re tracking down the Pa. House GOP candidates on TV, too. A GOP source says the following are on the air: Reps. Joe Hackett, Doyle Heffley, Warren Kampf, Rick Saccone, Justin Simmons, and Dan Truitt; open seat contenders Jason Owen and Tom Sankey; and challengers Mike Doyle, John Hauser, Harry Rogers and Sherry Stalley. We’ll run their ads as we get a hole of them.

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Here are the Dems:

HD-3: Ryan Bizzarro

Bizzarro is running for the open seat of retiring Rep. John Hornaman (D-Erie) – who makes a cameo in the ad. The spot emphasizes his family roots in Erie. Paid for by HDCC. His opponent is Jason Owen.

HD-74: Mark McCracken

This Clearfield County Commissioner is running to replace retiring Rep. Bud George (D-Clearfield), who makes an appearance in the ad to say, “I’m Backin’ McCracken.” This seat is the GOP’s top target in the state. Mostly a softball positive ad, it stretches to associate GOP candidate Tom Sankey with the U.S. House GOP budget. Paid for by HDCC and produced by Devine Mulvey.

HD-116: Ransom Young

Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) represents a fairly blue district – she knocked off Dem Majority Leader Todd Eachus in 2010 – but so far Young has not been talked about as a top tier challenger. Maybe that will change with improved name ID, like he hopes to get from this all positive ad.  Paid for by Young’s campaign.

HD-157: Paul Drucker

This is another top 2010 matchup. Rep. Warren Kampf (R-Chester) beat Drucker in 2010 and now the former lawmaker is out for revenge. This spot slams Kampf for Marcellus votes more in place for a lawmaker from Potter County than one from SEPA. Paid for by HDCC and produced by Adelstein Liston.

HD-161: Larry DeMarco

DeMarco wasn’t on our top 10, but he was on the bubble. He’s trying to take back Bryan Lentz’s former seat from Rep. Joe Hackett (R-Delaware). This ad is split negative/positive; the main hit against Hackett being his Marcellus votes. Paid for by HDCC and produced by Adelstein Liston.

3 Responses

  1. Ryan Bizzarro is killing it out there. He should win. He will well financed and has himself well organized. Ransom Young has a little tougher fight in Luzerne. It is a fairly blue district but the area still has the 2010 Repbulican/TEA party wave.

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