The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 9, 2010

NEW - No longer a two-man race for PA U.S. Senate seat


HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate is no longer a two-man race.

Nominating petitions due Tuesday revealed a third contestant - Joseph Vodvarka, a spring manufacturer from western Pennsylvania.

Like his primary opponents – fifth-term Sen. Arlen Specter and U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak – Vodvarka had to gather the signatures of at least 2,000 Democratic voters to qualify for the May 18 primary ballot.

Vodvarka has not held public office before. He advocates smaller government, lower taxes and making English the national language.

On the Republican side, former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey has turned in his petitions and Johnstown activist Peg Luksik is also planning to file.