Candidates: Adam Ravenstahl, Democrat/Jim Barr, Constitution
Ravenstahl, 27, of Summer Hill (left), a former UPMC business analyst, won the post in a special election in 2010. He's Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's brother.
Barr, 59, of West View (right), is a caregiver to mentally challenged adults. He has run for office repeatedly and unsuccessfully, including a 2008 bid for this seat.
Young Democrat with a prominent family name tries to fend off third-party challenger with losing track record.
Ravenstahl: Acutely aware of his party's minority status in Harrisburg and resulting inability to pass legislation, he's focusing on his constituent service work.
Barr: The state should go back to its constitutional roots and eliminate the property tax, he's telling voters.
Ravenstahl: A young member of the opposition, he can't point to legislative accomplishments.
Barr: Without a major party, money, or even a pick-up truck to transport signs, he's on his own.
Ravenstahl raised around $6,500 in a May fundraising push.
Barr reports one small contribution.
-- By Rich Lord