Businessman and Mt. Lebanon Commissioner D. Raja has declared his candidacy for the Republican Nomination for Chief Executive for Allegheny County. Raja is the co-founder of the I-T company, Computer Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) and is native of Bangalore, India, and became a U.S. citizen after coming to Pittsburgh in 1988.
Raja says he sees tremendous potential in Allegheny County and he brings a fresh perspective and not "old political alliances and political baggage. What I'm going to bring as county executive is a sense of fairness where merit is going to take precedence above all. Whether it's contacts or services, we would do it in the best interests of the taxpayer."
Raja says what says him apart from his Republican opponents is that "he's created hundreds of jobs in the private sector and cut taxes in the public sector."
Pittsburgh area Tea Party founder Patti Weaver of Fox Chapel and attorney and County Councilman Charles McCullough declared their candidacies earlier this month.