Janis C. Brooks, the head of a North Versailles social service agency, is mounting a repeat challenge to Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills, in the 14th Congressional District.
Ms. Brooks, 64, who holds a Ph.D. from Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, said she is running becaause she hopes to be a voice for working class youth and senior citizens.
"I take exception to the fact that the needs of the average citizen have been overlooked,'' she said, while also noting that, "It's time for the 14th District to [elect] a woman ... it's time for a change.''
Ms. Brooks, is a pastor and the founder of Citizens to Abolish Domestic Apartheid, an agency that provides services including after-school and summer programs for children, and meals for the elderly.
The incumbent, Mr. Doyle, was first elected in 1994, and sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee.
Their matchup is a repeat of the 2012 primary in the district, when Mr. Doyle defeated Ms. Brooks with 80 percent to 20 percent.
Ms. Brooks is seeking the endorsement of the Democratic Committee next month, but said she planned to compete in the May 20 primary regardless of the outcome of the preliminary party vote.