State lawmaker to run for Meehan's midstate congressional seat

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 30, 2018 2:06 AM

FILE PHOTO: Rep. Patrick Meehan R-Pa., speaks during a news conference near the Philadelphia International Airport. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- A leading environmental advocate in the state Legislature says he'll run for Congress to succeed the retiring Republican Congressman Pat Meehan in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Democratic state Representative Greg Vitali of Delaware County says he'll seek the party's nomination in a 7th District criticized as one of the nation's most gerrymandered districts. It includes portions of Berks and Lancaster counties.

Meehan says he won't run again after a January 20 New York Times report disclosed that Meehan had used taxpayer money to settle a former aide's sexual harassment allegation.

Vitali's announcement comes a week after Pennsylvania's Democratic-controlled Supreme Court decided a gerrymandering case by ordering the Republican-drawn boundaries of the state's 18 congressional districts to be redrawn within weeks. First elected in 1992, Vitali is in his 13th term.

Several other Democratic candidates have already announced their candidacy.

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