Would-be successors to Gerlach jockey for PA seat

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 14, 2014 2:07 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- One would-be Republican successor to Congressman Jim Gerlach has dropped out of the running and another says he'll announce his plans soon.  

Chester County Republican Party Chairman Val DiGiorgio says he has decided against running because of the burden it would place on his family and that he's throwing his support behind Ryan Costello. 

Costello is the chairman of the Chester County Commission.

He hasn't announced his candidacy but says he'll make his intentions public shortly.

Gerlach, a sixth-term Republican, said last week he's not running for re-election. His two-year term ends in January 2015.

At least two Democrats are eyeing Gerlach's southeastern Pennsylvania seat.

Chester County businessman Mike Parrish has launched his campaign and state Representative Mark Rozzi of Berks County has formed an exploratory committee.

The Sixth District includes portions of Berks and Lebanon counties.

This story was updated at 4:21 p.m. on 1/14/14


(Harrisburg) -- Two Democrats say they're eyeing the U.S. House seat that's being vacated by veteran Republican Representative Jim Gerlach.

Much of Gerlach's district is located in suburban Philadelphia, but it also includes portions of Berks and Lebanon counties.

Mike Parrish, a businessman and retired Army officer from Chester County, launched his campaign Tuesday, while state Rep. Mark Rozzi of Berks County formed an exploratory committee for a potential bid for the 6th District seat.

Two Republicans, Chester County Commissioner Ryan Costello and Chester County GOP Chairman Val DiGiorgio, have said they're considering running.

Gerlach, a sixth-term lawmaker, announced last week that he plans to step down at the end of his term in next January.

Republican-drawn redistricting changes that took effect after the 2012 election resulted in the 6th District gaining Republican voter registration and losing Democrats.

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