The Pennsylvania senate election: what you need to know


The 2022 Pennsylvania Senate election is quickly drawing to a close. The main party candidates on the ballot are John Fetterman (D) and Mehmet Oz (R). There are also other third party candidates running for the position, but the race is most intense between Fetterman and Oz.

John Fetterman is a member of the Democratic party. He was born and raised in Pennsylvania. Fetterman’s former occupations include being the mayor of Braddock, PA, Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor, and the chair of the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons. Fetterman takes a liberal leaning stance on political issues, and cites himself as pro abortion rights, pro LGBTQ+, and most notably, pro criminal justice reform.

Mehmet Oz is apart of the Republican party. Oz was born in Ohio and went to Philadelphia to attend medical and business school. Oz worked as a medical professional, professor, and most notably, the host of a health-related talk show from 2009 to 2022. Oz is a conservative candidate, and due to his experience in the medical field, he focuses mostly on healthcare related issues. He seeks to modernize health care, stop illegal immigration, and support free speech.

The two candidates will feature in their first and only televised debate on October 25, 2022, airing at 8:00 pm EST. The debate will air live from abc27 studios in Harrisburg, PA.

Pennsylvanians of voting age will be able to vote in person or using mail-in ballots. The General Election will take place on November 8th. For more information on voting, visit the website.