PA Senate Candidate Sharon Brown Refers To Opponent As "Recycled"
Comments are the first exchange between the Democratic contender and Republican Rep. Randy Vulakovich.
Dr. Sharon Brown, D-McCandless, has fired what appears to the first salvo in the race to replace Jane Orie as state senator in Pennsylvania’s 40th district by referring to her opponent, Rep. Randy Vulakovich, R-Shaler, as “another recycled politician.”
Voters will decide between Brown and Vulakovich in the Aug. 7 special election to fill Orie’s unexpired term. She resigned following her conviction on charges she used her state-funded staff for political work. She was sentenced to between 2 ½ to 10 years in prison.
“While Harrisburg is desperately in need of new leadership, the local Republican Party chose to recycle a current member of the inept legislature to run for state Senate,” a statement from Brown’s campaign said.
“We need real leadership in Harrisburg and I am willing to make the tough choices that it takes to be a leader in Pennsylvania,” Brown said. “After the felonies committed by Republicans in the North Hills like former Senator Jane Orie and former Representative Jeff Habay, the last thing the residents of the 40th district needs is another recycled politician hand-picked by the party machine as their state Senator.”
Vulakovich was first elected to represent the 30th District in 2007. He replaced Habay, who, like Orie, was convicted of using his staff to do campaign work on state time.
"Randy Vulakovich has been a leader in reforming Harrisburg,” said his campaign manager, Mike Ward. “He has led by example refusing pay raises and perks. He looks forward to meeting the voters of the 40th Senate District and bringing his message of integrity in government, controlling state spending, and creating private sector jobs."
Vulakovich is a former police sergeant with the Shaler department.
Brown is a nurse with a doctorate in public health and epidemiology with a focus in environmental health policy. She owns a health consulting and research small business and resides in McCandless Township.
No matter who wins the August 7 race, they may not get the chance to run again for the 40th District.
Under the plan, Orie’s former territory—which encompassed parts of northern Allegheny County and southern Butler County—moves to Monroe and Northampton counties on the eastern half of the state to reflect growth near the New Jersey border.
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