Pennsylvania governor's race 2022: Who is running?

THE Pennsylvania gubernatorial election is set to take place on November 8, 2022.

As for the primary election in Pennsylvania, it took place on May 17, 2022.

Democratic Candidates

Josh Shapiro

Shapiro, 48, has served as the Pennsylvania Attorney General since 2017. He is the only running Democratic candidate for the primary.

He grew up in Pennsylvania and was raised by his pediatrician father and mother who was an educator, his website states. After graduating from the University of Rochester he put himself through law school at night while working in government.

Shapiro also identified 301 predator priests and thousands of victims of the Catholic Church’s decades-long cover-up of child sexual abuse.

Tega Swann (did not make the ballot)

Swann was running in the 2022 Pennsylvania governor race but did not make the ballot the day of the primary election.

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Republican Candidates

Lou Barletta

Louis John Barletta, known as Lou, is a businessman and politician. He served as the US representative for Pennsylvania's 11th congressional district from 2011 to 2019.

Barletta, 66, grew up in Hazleton, PA, and had a blue-collar upbringing.

Joe Gale

Gale is "a true pro-life conservative" according to his website. He is running under the Republican Party.

At the age of 26, he earned a spot on the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. Gale is the youngest Montgomery County Commissioner in history. In 2016, he was the first elected official in Pennsylvania to endorse Donald Trump for President.

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Charlie Gerow

Gerow currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of CPAC and the American Conservative Union. He is also a small businessman and is the CEO of Quantum Communications, per his website.

He began his political career on the campaign staff of Ronald Reagan, he worked for the former president for many years.

Melissa Hart

The lawyer and politician, Melissa Hart, was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2007.

Hart, 60, represented western Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district. Her win was historic as she was the first Republican woman to represent Pennsylvania at the federal level.

Doug Mastriano

Mastriano, 58, is a retired Colonel of the United States Army as well as the state senator for Pennsylvania's 33rd District.

He was previously an Eagle Scout, and worked various jobs growing up such as a paperboy, janitor, security guard, short-order cook, pizza delivery person, and dishwasher.

Mastriano is also a Doctor of History (PhD) and has four master’s degrees in Strategy, Strategic Intelligence, Military Operations, and Airpower.

Bill McSwain

McSwain, 53, is an attorney and a former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He served in the role from April 6, 2018, to January 22, 2021.

Former President Donald Trump nominated McSwain for the position.

David White

White, has experience in both the public and private sectors. He is a a third-generation Steamfitter.

His website states that he has over 40 years of experience in HVAC installation and servicing. White also worked for decades as a Union Pipefitter. He later founded DWD Mechanical Contractor Inc.

White was also a supporter of President Donald J. Trump's America First agenda.

Nche Zama

Dr. Nche Zama arrived in the United States as a teenager with a student visa. He also experienced being unhoused for some time before someone "took him in and helped guide him on his journey to the American Dream."

Zama is a Cardiothoracic surgeon who completed training at the Cleveland Clinic and Harvard University. He has a Ph.D. in chemistry, a Harvard master’s degree in management, and a medical degree.

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The Republicans who did not make it on the primary ballot include:

  • Guy Ciarrocchi
  • Jake Corman III
  • Scott Martin
  • Jason Monn
  • Jason Richey
  • John Ventre

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