Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include a second ad.
Following his nomination, D. Raja, the Republican candidate for the open 37th Senate Seat outside of Pittsburgh, emphasized not letting his opponents define him. On Thursday, he began that campaign, releasing two TV ads describing his growth from immigrant to citizen to business owner.
The ads features his wife and two daughters describing their father. Raja is currently chair of the Allegheny County Republican Party and has served as a local commissioner. He ran for the same senate seat in 2012 and lost.
He’ll face off with Democratic candidate Pam Iovino, a Navy veteran and former cabinet secretary under George W. Bush. Iovino also was a candidate for the 18th Congressional District nod that eventually went to Conor Lamb last winter.
The seat is open after former state Senator, now-U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler resigned to head to Washington D.C. The seat has been historically Republican, but Democrats are all in on trying to flip shifting suburbs.
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- WATCH: Iovino released her own TV ad Friday.
The election takes place April 2.