Democrats avoid a primary in race for midstate congressional seat

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 18, 2014 1:08 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Democrats will avoid a primary fight in the race for a soon-to-be-vacant U.S. House seat in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Mike Parrish, a Chester County businessman, says he's dropping out of the race and supporting fellow Democrat and Iraq war veteran, Dr. Manan Trivedi.

That leaves Trivedi unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the May 20th primary.

The seat is being vacated by Congressman Jim Gerlach, a sixth-term Republican. The district takes in parts of Chester, Berks, Montgomery and Lebanon counties.

Lawyer Ryan Costello, a Chester County commissioner, is unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Parrish says he decided that an expensive and contentious Democratic primary fight would risk the party's ability to win the seat in the November 4th election.

Trivedi unsuccessfully challenged Gerlach in 2010 and 2012.

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