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Conor Lamb, Democrat with political pedigree, runs for Tim Murphy's 18th District seat

Stephen Huba
| Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, 8:18 p.m.

A former federal prosecutor with political pedigree is the latest Democrat to say he wants to run for U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy's seat.

Conor Lamb, 33, of Mt. Lebanon launched his campaign for the 18th Congressional District with a party Saturday at Riley's Pour House in Carnegie.

“It's time for new leadership in Washington and new leadership in our district,” Lamb said. “We need to have faith in our future and build a 21st century government that helps create jobs, improve pay and benefits, improve health care and education.”

Lamb is the fifth Democrat to announce his candidacy for Murphy's old seat, which Murphy, a Republican, is vacating Oct. 21 following a scandal involving an extramarital affair. Three Republicans also have said they are running.

The candidates first must win their party's nomination in a special election, likely to be held early next year. To serve a complete two-year term, they also must win the 2018 primary and general elections.

Lamb graduated from Central Catholic High School in 2002 and the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. He earned his law degree from Penn in 2009.

Lamb served in the U.S. Marine Corps prior to being appointed as an assistant U.S. attorney in Pittsburgh in 2014. He worked in that office for three years. His grandfather was the Democratic majority leader in the State Senate in the early 1970s and later served in Gov. Robert Casey's cabinet. His uncle, Michael Lamb, is the Pittsburgh city controller.

The 18th Congressional District includes portions of Allegheny, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

Here are the Democrats who are running for the seat: Mike Crossey, Pam Iovino, Dr. Bob Solomon, Gina Cerilli and Lamb. The Republicans who have announced are Kim Ward, Guy Reschenthaler and Rick Saccone.

Lamb's candidacy was announced too late for his name to be included in the Trib's Sunday story on the race.

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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