Congressman Jim Gerlach announced he will not seek re-election to Congress this year. The former State Senator and Congressman cited time away from his family, the grind of running every two years and Washington gridlock (for which he is largely responsible) for his decision. The open seat is garnering national attention as a possible pick-up for Democrats.
I expect State Sen. Rafferty to make amove on the GOP side. Rumors also are speculating about Sam Rohrer, Curt Schroder and others. On the Democratic side I’ve seen names such as Sen. Judy Schwank and Doug Pike. I spoke briefly with Schwank about the seat two months ago on behalf of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee which approached her about running. At that time she declined to run.
Pike ran in the Democratic primary four years ago and is a fixture at Democratic Party functions. He padded his resume back then claiming health care management experience he really didn’t have and lost a close race to Manan Trivedi. I’m not sure he’s currently living in the 6th District as borders changed with redistricting. One possible entrant I would get excited about is State Rep. Mark Rozzi of Berks County.