Rivera ends campaign in 158th District
● By Steven Hoffman
Leonard Rivera has decided to end his campaign to win the Republican nomination for the 158th District State House seat currently held by Chris Ross.
Rivera, a local attorney, announced the decision on Monday.
“After discussing this with my family, close friends and supporters, I’ve decided not to seek election as State Representative in the 158th District,” Rivera said in a statement. “I believe my candidacy will be a distraction and take away from the important issues facing the residents of my district. Because of that, I will return to private life. I appreciate all of the hard work and dedication my volunteers and supporters have provided to my campaign.”
Earlier this month, Rivera withdrew his name from the ballot for the April 26 Primary Election after an objection was filed in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania challenging how Rivera circulated his nominating petitions. Rivera said at the time that he would continue the campaign for the Republican nomination as a write-in candidate.
Ross, a longtime incumbent, is planning on retiring at the end of the current term.
Val DiGiorgio, Chairman of the Republican Committee of Chester County, issued a statement following Rivera's decision to end his campaign for State Representative.
“Lenny Rivera is a man of integrity, and I respect his decision,” DiGiorgio said. “It takes courage to put the community before personal aspirations. Lenny is a longtime supporter of Republican causes and a friend of many years.
“The Republican Committee of Chester County will meet to endorse a new candidate for State Representative in 158th State House District.”
Susan Rzucidlo is seeking the Democratic nomination in the 158th District in the Primary Election.
The General Election will be held on Nov. 8.