Sara Innamorato wins Democratic primary for Allegheny County executive

By: - May 16, 2023 10:33 pm

PITTSBURGH –State Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, won the Democratic nomination for Allegheny County Executive on Tuesday, according to unofficial tallies, beating a crowded field of candidates that included Allegheny County Treasurer John Weinstein, Pittsburgh city Controller Michael Lamb, and former Allegheny County Council member Dave Fawcett. 

Democratic Allegheny County executive candidate Sara Innamorato (Pittsburgh City Paper photo).

With more than 70% of 1,324 precincts reporting, the Associated Press called the race for Innamorato, the two-term state representative who pledged in her campaign announcement to continue pursuing the progressive policies that helped elect her to office in 2018. 

Innamorato had early support from Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey, and U.S. Rep. Summer Lee, D-12th District, who was elected in the same blue wave of 2018. 

The field of six Democrats were running to replace incumbent Rich Fitzgerald, who was term-limited from running for reelection. Fitzgerald threw his support behind Lamb earlier this month, but by then Innamorato had emerged as the front-runner. Weinstein topped the other candidates in fundraising, amassing $1.35 million between January and May

Innamorato will face Republican nominee Joe Rockey, who ran unopposed, in November.

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Kim Lyons
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