Val Arkoosh Drops Out of US Senate Race

U.S. Senate candidate Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh speaks during a meeting of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party State Committee in Harrisburg, Pa., Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

By Ashley Adams

February 4, 2022

Arkoosh was the only female Democratic candidate in the running for Pennsylvania’s US Senate seat.

Dr. Val Arkoosh, chairperson of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, announced Friday that she was dropping out of the US Senate race. 

“We cannot let anything stand in the way of a Democrat being elected to the US Senate,” Arkoosh said in a news release. “It’s become clear to me that the best way I can ensure that happens is to suspend my campaign today and commit to doing whatever I can to help ensure we flip this Senate seat in November.”

Arkoosh, the only female vying for the Democratic nomination, announced her candidacy last April. She was set to face Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Philadelphia), and US Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) in the May primary for the seat currently occupied by Republican Sen. Pat Toomey. Toomey is not seeking reelection.

Like Pennsylvania’s congressional races, the race for the state’s US Senate seat will have a significant impact nationally 

During her campaign, Arkoosh promised to support women economically and advocate for abortion rights. She also wanted to tax the wealthy at a higher rate, and expand the child tax and earned income tax credits from the American Rescue Plan.

She emphasized science-based solutions to tackle climate change, like banning fracking, penalizing polluters, and investing in wind and solar energy.

Arkoosh ran an unsuccessful campaign for Congress in 2015.

Before she entered politics, Arkoosh was a doctor, college professor, and public health advocate.

“My name may not be on the ballot, but make no mistake, I will still be fighting every day to help win this election,” Arkoosh said. “There’s too much at stake. I said from the beginning we would build a campaign about Pennsylvanians and for Pennsylvanians, and I will keep fighting for Pennsylvanians each and every day.”


  • Ashley Adams

    In her 16 years in the communications industry, Ashley Adams has worn many hats, including news reporter, public relations writer, marketing specialist, copy editor and technical writer. Ashley grew up in Berks County and has since returned to her roots to raise her three children.

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