York County pastor squeaks into Democratic slot in 10th District

Written by Emily Previti, Keystone Crossroads Reporter | May 16, 2018 4:26 AM

Democratic congressional candidate George Scott. (Photo by Emily Previti/Keystone Crossroads).

(Undated) -- Democratic voters have picked York County pastor George Scot to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Perry this fall in Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district.

Political analysts anticipate the GOP will hold onto the 10th, which consists of Dauphin and parts of York and Cumberland counties, but face a harder fight there than other districts that remain Republican-leaning on the state's new congressional map.

Scott, 56, of Dillsburg took the race with 36 percent of votes, ahead of candidates who raised more money, but don't have local ties as strong as his.

 "South-central Pennsyvlania, this is where I grew up. This is where I live with my family and I care deeply about this district and the people in it," Scott said after his victory speech to supporters late Tuesday night at the Hillside Grill in Goldsboro, a town of less than 1,000 people 15 minutes south of Harrisburg.

Scott, whose father headed the Adams County Democratic party, also had been working on waging a campaign to oust Perry longer than the rest of the field.

Alan Howe, a retired Air Force officer from Carlisle, started out running in what was formerly the 11th district.

Public health scientist Eric Ding and Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson, who finished less than two points behind Scott, also were living and working in Washington until recently rekindling their Central Pa. connections as their campaigns took hold.

Published in Adams County, Carlisle, Harrisburg, News, York

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