This is Ritchie’s first foray into politics, but name recognition will give him a solid foundation to build on. The former Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders fullback said he is running “to give back to the community that has been so good to me.”
“I love this area and that is why my wife and I chose to raise our family here,” the Cumberland County native said. Ritchie lives in Enola with his wife and three children.
“The 31st Senate District has been fortunate to have strong leadership from Senator Pat Vance and she leaves big shoes to fill,” Ritchie said. “I am running to continue her legacy of strong Republican leadership and promise to fight for lower taxes, search for ways to increase efficiency in government and will champion support and reform of the education system in our state.”
Sen. Vance said she would not seek re-election after winning a third term in 2012, reaffirming her retirement last month.
Vance, 79, has spent almost half of her life in public service. Before being elected to the Senate in 2004, she served for 14 years in the State House and spent another 12 years as the Cumberland County Recorder of Deeds.
Ritchie will face a primary challenge for the Republican nomination from two-term state Rep. Mike Regan.
The 31st Senate District covers parts of Cumberland and York Counties.