Chester County commissioner to run for Congressman Jim Gerlach's seat

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 15, 2014 10:57 AM

(Harrisburg) --  A Chester County county commissioner is declaring his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the 6th Congressional District seat held by Rep. Jim Gerlach in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Ryan Costello, chairman of the board of commissioners, made the announcement today.

The 37-year-old Costello is a Phoenixville lawyer who lives in West Chester.

Chester County Republican Party Chairman Val DiGiorgio had considered running but now says he supports Costello.

Gerlach, a Republican, said last week he won't seek re-election and plans to retire at the end of his sixth term next January.

At least three Democrats are interested in running. Chester County businessman Mike Parrish has launched his campaign. Dr. Manan Trivedi, a physician who ran for the seat in 2010 and 2012, and state Representative Mark Rozzi are considering running.

The district includes portions of Berks and Lebanon counties.

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