Gerlach Retires, Rumors Fly For PA-6
Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Chester) announced Monday that he would not seek reelection in the 6th district.
One Democrat had recently filed with the FEC to run against Gerlach: Mike Parrish. Parrish is a veteran, engineer, entrepreneur and West Point grad who lives in Malvern with his family. Since PA-6 was practically built for Gerlach reelection, he didn’t face much competition in the Democratic primary, but now that it becomes an open seat, he may see bigger named opponents that were previously scared of facing Gerlach.
According to Cook Political Report, the 6th District is R+2 and even though Gerlach won handily in 2012 after redistricting, Romney didn’t do as well. Gerlach took 57.19% of the vote over Dr. Manan Trivedi while Romney carried the 6th district with just 51.32% of the vote.
This is now a more competitive seat and Democrats will likely make it a big target in 2014. State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) could make a play for the nomination, and it’s possible that 2012 contender Dr. Manan Trivedi would try again for the 6th district, even though he is a resident of the 7th.
New Democrat Coalition Communications Director Phil LaRue, a West Chester native, has expressed interest in the seat.
Senator Bob Casey’s brother, Chris Casey lives in the district and is another name in the rumor mill for the Democratic nomination.
Despite previous murmurs that Katie McGinty would run for this seat, her campaign confirmed that she has absolutely no interest in running for Congress and is focused solely on the governor’s mansion.
PA-6 is a seat districted for a Republican and they certainly won’t give up on it. Former US Senate candidate Sam Rohrer, who also lives just outside the district, would be a likely candidate as well as Chester County Commissioner Ryan Costello or Chester County Republican Chairman Val DiGiorgio. Frequently mentioned State Senator John Rafferty told PoliticsPA that he just learned of the seat, but definitely hasn’t ruled out a run.