Joe Rockey running for Allegheny County Executive

Republican businessman enters 2023 race


The first Republican candidate has entered the race for Allegheny County executive.

Joe Rockey, a retired financial executive and North Side native, officially announced his campaign Wednesday at a news conference in downtown Pittsburgh.

During his announcement, Rockey said we need a new renaissance that’s focused on the people of Allegheny County. 

“It’s not enough to put up new buildings and arenas without the people to fill them,” Rockey said. “It’s about creating opportunities, building futures and supporting the families of our region.”

Rockey was joined at his announcement by former county executive Jim Roddey, the first person elected to the office in 1999 and a former chair of the Republican Committee of Allegheny County.

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, a Democrat, is in his third and final term.

Seven Democratic candidates are seeking the party’s nomination for county executive in the May 16 primary.