Small-town Pennsylvania mayor adds intrigue to Senate race

    The mayor of a small steel town near Pittsburgh is adding intrigue to Pennsylvania’s race for U.S. Senate.

    John Fetterman says he’ll announce his candidacy Monday in tiny Braddock for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican incumbent Pat Toomey. The Harvard University-educated 46-year-old has gained national attention for his unconventional efforts to reinvigorate the down-on-its-luck town.

    He’ll join a primary field that already includes former congressman and Navy Vice Admiral Joe Sestak and Katie McGinty, who has held high-level posts in state and federal government.

    It’ll likely take millions of dollars to win the April 26 primary election.

    Sestak narrowly lost to Toomey in 2010 and has been a regular on the local party event circuit. But national Democrats recruited McGinty to run because they preferred her to Sestak.

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