PA-6: Cozzone Drops Out, Dem Field Narrows
The Democratic field for the nomination in PA-6 shrunk again when Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone announced today that she won’t run.
“While I was excited by the opportunity to serve as my community’s representative in Congress and work on the vital issues facing our nation, this is just not the right time for me to make a change that would have such a large impact on my family. Spending time with my son, who is just 11, is too important to me during this time of his life,” she said. “It is sure to be a spirited campaign this fall and I look forward to working with our nominee to help secure a Democratic victory.”
Kathi Cozzone is the Vice Chairwoman of the Chester County Board of Commissioners. She was elected in 2007 and re-elected in 2011.
Pennsylvania’s 6th district became an open race earlier this month when Rep. Jim Gerlach announced his retirement. It’s an R+2 seat, which means a competitive general election for whoever the nominees are.
Cozzone leaving the race means that only one Democrat is officially in the field. Mike Parrish had declared his intention to run before Gerlach retired.
Democrat Manan Trivedi had run, and lost, in the district before but has not yet said whether he plans to run again.
On the Republican side, the field has narrowed to one: Chester County Commissioner Ryan Costello. The local party structure in SEPA has supported his candidacy and all other prospective candidates have dropped out.
*This story originally said that Rep. Rozzi was entering the race, he is no longer considering it.