Friday File


November 17, 2017

Around Town…

Turzai announces bid for Governor

Speaker of the House, Mike Turzai, announced his intention to run for governor this week. Turzai, R-Allegheny, joins three other Republicans in the primary race: Senator Scott Wagner, businessman and retired Army officer, Paul Mango, and Laura Ellsworth, an attorney. Both Mango and Ellsworth are from the Pittsburgh area. Turzai touted his stance against raising taxes and said that “to really make a difference you have to be governor, and you need a strong leader in that position."

Tom Ridge in hospital

Former Governor Tom Ridge is in critical condition in a Texas hospital. The former governor was attending the Republican Governors Association conference when he sought medical attention yesterday morning. He underwent an emergency cardiac catheterization procedure yesterday and remains hospitalized. Ridge also served as Homeland Security Secretary under President George W. Bush. Ridge’s wife, Michele, said he is recovering but it will be day-to-day.

Special election for Gergely seat

Voters in the 35th state House district will go to the polls on January 23 to fill a seat vacated by state Representative Marc Gergely. Both parties will select a nominee for the ballot; Gergely a Democrat has held the seat since 2002. The 35th district is comprised of part of Allegheny County.