Allegheny County District Attorney Zappala ‘affiliates’ with Forward Party in reelection bid – Pennsylvania Capital-Star

PITTSBURGH — Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala received the endorsement of the Forward Party on Thursday, announcing his “affiliation” with the third-party organization as he campaigns for re-election as a Republican.

Zappala, a longtime Democrat who is in his sixth term as district attorney, lost in the Democratic primary in May to the county’s Chief Public Defender Matt Dugan. But Zappala will appear on the ballot in the fall as the Republican nominee. He received roughly 9,700 of more than 11,000 write-in votes, and accepted the GOP nomination in June.

The Forward Party, founded by former Democratic candidate for president Andrew Yang in 2022, does not yet meet the requirements for official political party status in Pennsylvania. Its “affiliates” are “elected officials who retain their party registration with one of the two major parties, but publicly join with Forward” and pledge to govern according to its platform that includes principles like “bottom-up not top-down”  governing, “work together, not against” and “more listening, less talking,” according to its website.

Its other affiliates in Pennsylvania include state Sens. Lisa Boscola, D-Northampton, and Anthony H. Williams, D-Philadelphia; and Philadelphia Republican city commissioner Seth Bluestein.

Forward Party CEO Lindsey Williams Drath praised Zappala’s 25 years as district attorney in a statement, adding “he has won both Democratic and Republican primaries, showing his broad-based and cross-partisan appeal.”

The Dugan campaign said in a statement to the Capital-Star that the candidate was “proud to have beaten Steve Zappala in the Democratic primary based on his platform of building a justice system that works for us all. Steve is now associating with his third political party in four months a party whose most prominent supporters in Pennsylvania are outside the mainstream by supporting abortion bans and school vouchers.”

Zappala didn’t immediately reply to a request from the Capital-Star on Thursday.

Originally published at,by Kim Lyons

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