NORTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA —
Rep. Greg Lucas, Edinboro, R-5th District, said Tuesday in a news release he hopes to replace Robbins who announced Monday that he won’t run for re-election this year. His current term ends Dec. 31.
Lucas, a former teacher and contractor, was elected in 2012 to represent the House district that covers northern Crawford and southern Erie counties.
“The retirement of Senator Robbins will leave a leadership vacuum, not easily replaced,” Lucas said in a news release. “But it also leaves the people of Crawford, Erie, Mercer and Warren counties with a new choice ... in ... what kind of representation they want in the Senate.”
Lucas, 53, had been mayor of Edinboro in 2011 and 2012 and served as a councilman from 2004 to 2012.
“I pledge to serve no more than two terms in the Pennsylvania Senate to ensure fresh ideas; so people and perspectives have the chance to represent change,” he said.
Lucas held public hearings on and voted for liquor privatization.
Describing himself as an avid hunter, Lucas said he has worked with sportsman’s clubs and the Pennsylvania Game Commission to insure that hunters voices are heard on a variety of issues.
A graduate of General McLane High School, Lucas, earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial education from California University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife Rose Foulkrod have a son, Zach, who attends Edinboro University.
So far, Lucas is the second candidate to express interest in the Senate seat.
Last July, Michael T. Muha, a Democrat and lawyer from Hermitage, said he would run for state Senate.