Voters in 13th Congressional District have chance to meet candidates

Written by Rachel McDevitt | Apr 27, 2018 3:51 PM

The candidates in the Republican primary for Pennsylvania's 13th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives are, clockwise from top left, Art Halvorson, Sen. John Eichelberger, state Rep. Steve Bloom, Travis Schooley, Ben Hornberger, Col. Douglas Mastriano, Bernard Washabaugh III and Dr. John Joyce. (Photo: File photos)

(Harrisburg) -- Voters have a few more chances to meet with candidates in the 13th Congressional District before the May 15th primary election.

It's the most crowded Republican primary field in the state; eight candidates are running for the district that includes all of Franklin and Adams counties and part of Cumberland County. Just one Democrat has thrown his hat in the ring, university professor Brent Ottaway.

The seat was left wide open with the announced retirement of Congressman Bill Shuster.

The candidates' platforms are conservative across the board--though priorities vary, from protecting Social Security to defending the Second Amendment to securing the U.S. southern border with Mexico. 

GOP candidates are two former challengers to Shuster: Travis Schooley and Art Halvorson; State Representative Steve Bloom, State Senator John Eichelberger, reitired Army colonel Doug Mastriano, former Marine Ben Hornberger, real estate developer Bernie Washabaugh, and physician John Joyce.

The eight are scheduled to join candidates from other races at a forum at Carlisle Fire and Rescue at 177 Carlisle Springs Road, Carlisle on Tuesday, May 1st from 6:30-9 p.m.

Another forum in Adams County is slated for Thursday, May 3rd at the SAVES Fire Station, 5865 Hanover Road, Hanover. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the formal event to begin at 6:30 p.m. Candidates will be given time to speak, then take questions from those in attendance. 

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