Dauphin County commissioner to seek GOP nod for Dent's seat

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 17, 2017 10:32 AM

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Dauphin County Commissioner Mike Pries

(Harrisburg) -- Another Republican will pursue the midstate congressional seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Representative Charles Dent.

Dauphin County Commissioner Mike Pries says he'll seek the party's nomination to run for the 15th District seat in the May 15 primary election.

Also running are Lehigh County Commissioner Marty Nothstein and two Republican state representatives, Ryan Mackenzie and Justin Simmons.

Dent isn't running again. He's held the seat since 2005.

Democrat Bill Leiner, a former Lehigh County commissioner, is also running.

GOP lawmakers in 2011 sought to make the district more Republican friendly.

It still includes Allentown, but they broke decades of precedent by eliminating the city of Easton from the district and stretching its boundaries almost 90 miles into conservative central Pennsylvania.

It includes Berks, Dauphin and Lebanon counties.

Registered Democrats outnumber GOP voters in the district.

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