Prosecutor to seek Democrats' nod in midstate congressional race

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 8, 2018 4:38 PM

FILE PHOTO: In this March 1, 2016, file photo, then-candidate for Pennsylvania attorney general Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli participates in the Philadelphia Bar Association forum in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

(Harrisburg) -- A long-time county prosecutor and four-time candidate for state attorney general says he'll pursue the midstate congressional seat being vacated by Republican Charles Dent, which includes parts of Dauphin, Berks, and Lebanon counties. 

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said Monday that he'll seek the Democratic Party's nomination in the May 15 primary election.

Dent won't seek another term after holding the 15th District seat since 2005.

The Democratic and Republican fields are jam-packed, and March 6 is the deadline to file paperwork to get on the primary ballot. Morganelli becomes the highest-profile Democrat to seek the seat.

Republicans dramatically redrew the district boundaries in 2011 to make it more Republican friendly, breaking decades of precedent to stretch its boundaries almost 90 miles into conservative central Pennsylvania.

Registered Democrats still outnumber Republicans in the district.

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