Montgomery County real estate developer joins US Senate race

Written by on March 9, 2021

Montgomery County real estate developer joins US Senate race

By Katie Meyer / WHYY

March 9, 2021

Scott Wagner, left, Republican candidate for Pennsylvania governor, and lieutenant governor candidate Jeff Bartos, right, campaign at a diner in Imperial, Pa. Monday, May 14, 2018, the day before the Pennsylvania primary. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Republican Jeff Bartos is the latest candidate to officially join the race for Pennsylvania’s 2022 U.S. Senate election.  

Bartos is a real estate developer from Montgomery County who was an unsuccessful lieutenant governor candidate in 2018. He also co-founded the Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund, a non-profit that distributes forgivable loans to small businesses in Pennsylvania that are struggling through the pandemic.

A suburban moderate, he signaled in his announcement video that he knows he needs support from followers of former President Donald Trump to win a statewide primary. 

“Donald Trump represented someone listening to millions of Pennsylvanians who felt like no one was fighting for them,” Bartos says. 

Bartos is the highest-profile Republican to throw his hat in the ring so far.  

On the Democratic side of the race, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Philadelphia) have already declared their candidacies. 

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