Ex-Trump delegate from Columbia County to run for U.S. Senate

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 1, 2017 11:10 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- A midstate Republican is in the running to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey in next year's election.

Andrew Shecktor, who ran successfully last year as a delegate for Donald Trump to the Republican National Convention, said he will formally announce his campaign for the GOP nomination in the coming days. Shecktor has filed candidacy paperwork with the Federal Election Commission.

The 60-year-old Shecktor also is a Berwick borough councilman in Columbia County. This would be his first race for statewide office.

Also running is Republican state Representative Rick Saccone of suburban Pittsburgh.

In the meantime, some members of Congress and top state lawmakers are gauging their chances against Casey or considering running for governor next year against Democratic Governor Tom Wolf.

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