A second challenger in as many weeks has set their sights on Daryl Metcalfe’s 12th District House of Representative’s seat.
On Friday, Honora Rockar, 69, of Cranberry, 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 healthcare organizations while also earning a Doctor of Science degree in information systems and communications from Robert Morris University.
She currently teaches business information systems as an adjunct professors 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.