Vanella-Kudenko, Broach withdraw candidacies

A pair of Democrats running for seats in the General Assembly are withdrawing their candidacies.

Michelle Vanella-Kudenko withdrew from the Democratic primary for the 162nd Legislative District, in which she was unopposed. She was attempting to unseat Republican state Rep. Nick Miccarelli, of Ridley Park, in the general election.

Christopher Broach withdrew from the Democratic primary for the Eighth Senatorial District, in which he was challenging incumbent state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, of Philadelphia.

Vanella-Kudenko, a biology technician, is withdrawing from the race following a challenge to the nominating petition she submitted earlier this month. The challenge, brought by two registered Democrats and filed by a Republican lawyer, questioned the validity of 176 signatures collected by Vanella-Kudenko’s campaign. State House candidates need 300 valid signatures to get on the primary ballot; Vanella-Kudenko collected 364 signatures.

“My dedication to our community is what prompted me to run for state representative of District 162,” Vanella-Kudenko said. “I have greatly enjoyed meeting my neighbors, sharing concerns and discussing the issues that affect us all. Today, it saddens me to announce that I am withdrawing from the race.

“I wish to thank everyone involved for their help and support. I will, of course, continue to volunteer, whether it is raising awareness about the billboard in Hetzel Park or raising much needed funding for our local organizations, schools and libraries. Please know that regardless of the role, my commitment to serve our district is unwavering.”

Miccarelli, who is seeking his fourth term in Harrisburg, declined comment.

Broach, a data analyst from Colwyn, declined to comment on his decision to withdraw, saying he would release a statement later this week. Williams could not be reached for immediate comment.

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