PA-05: “Fifteen Democrats either seeking or considering a run in the 5th … gathered at a forum Wednesday night, introducing themselves — but agreeing on most party values.” State Rep. Margo Davidson (D) confirmed she’s considering a run, many of the other candidate have already launched bids. The primary for the safe, Democratic seat created in the recent redistricting is on May 15. (Delaware County Times)
PA-07: Former Coplay Mayor Bill Leiner Jr. (D) dropped out of the race to replace retiring Rep. Charlie Dent (R) and endorsed former Allentown Solicitor Susan Wild (D). “While Leiner was early out of the gate in the increasingly competitive race, he struggled with fundraising, reporting $1,600 on hand at the end of the year.” (Allentown Morning Call)
PA-08: Former federal prosecutor Joe Peters (R) announced a challenge to Rep. Matt Cartwright (D). Before court-ordered redistricting, he was running for retiring Rep. Lou Barletta’s (R) seat. Investment banker John Chrin (R) is also challenging Cartwright, though his home was cut out of the district.
“A native of Scranton, former state deputy attorney general and still a homeland security consultant, Peters said he maintains close ties to the city. He visits his father, Gene, Scranton’s mayor from 1970 to 1978, and mother, Marguerite, regularly. He served as executive director of the Scranton Cultural Center between 2011 and 2013 and as a Scranton police officer.” (Scranton Times Tribune)
PA-10: Public health scientist Eric Ding (D) “announced on Wednesday that he would” challenge Rep. Scott Perry (R). 2016 PA-16 nominee Christina Hartman (D) is also in the race. (Roll Call)
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