Democratic Greg Parks has withdrawn from his Pennsylvania State Senate race. Parks earned a write-in nomination in April but has decided to step down due to "personal reasons."
Parks, the now former candidate from District 37, said despite removing himself from the campaign, he will continue to stay active in public service. "I will closely follow the nomination process to fill the Democratic slot in this race, and will offer my full support as Chair of the Pleasant Hills Democratic Committee to whoever is nominated," Parks said.
Had Parks not received enough votes in the primary the party would not have been able to name a candidate for the general election. Some feel Parks' candidacy was more of a placeholder effort than an effort to put Parks into office.
Parks stressed defeating Republican D. Raja must be the top priority for his successor.
The Democratic Committees of Allegheny and Washington Counties will be scheduling a meeting to nominate a replacement.
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