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Metcalfe gets another Democratic challenger

A second challenger in as many weeks has set their sights on Rep. Daryl Metcalfe’s 12th District House seat.

On Friday, Honora Rockar of Cranberry Township announced her candidacy for the seat as a Democrat.

She joins Daniel Smith Jr., who announced his candidacy last week. The two will vie for a chance to challenge the incumbent Metcalfe, a Republican.

Rockar, a first-time candidate, was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in South Fayette Township.

She graduated from Bishop Canevin High School and later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

She also earned a Master of Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and co-founded and founded tech companies after graduation.

After a stint working in St. Louis for various technology companies, Rockar and her family, including daughter, Amara, and son, Matthew, moved back to Pennsylvania.

She worked on software development and information technology for health care organizations while also earning a Doctor of Science degree in information systems and communications from Robert Morris University.

She teaches business information systems as an adjunct professor in the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University and has lived in Cranberry since 2004.

Rockar said her focus will be on education, technology investments and small business development within the district.

She also will take aim at the state’s budgeting process, with a focus on “responsible government.”

“Recent events in Pennsylvania and in Washington, D.C., suggest that those in office today have lost the ability to govern in a democratic system, through negotiation and collaboration,” she said in a news release. “I hear it often — from my neighbors in Cranberry, on campus from students and my colleagues — we are all tired of the partisanship and bickering.”

Rockar said her background gives her the ability, “to turn innovative ideas into practical solutions.

“Now is the time, not just for taking strong positions, but for building strong collaborative relationships that allow us to get work done, to move beyond our current problems and get to work building our better future together,” she said.