PA-6: MontCo Commissioner Richards & Sen. Schwank Are Out
Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie Richards announced last night that she would not be seeking the Democratic nomination for PA-6.
“I am honored to have been asked to consider running for Congress, and I am extremely grateful for the outpouring of local and national support I have received over the last several days,” Richards wrote.
“However, I love my job as a Montgomery County Commissioner, and I am proud of the role I have been able to play in putting Montgomery County on a positive trajectory. Even with our successes there is more work to be done. I am looking forward to continuing to serve the people of Montgomery County in the years to come.”
Richards is one of a few Democrats who have ruled out a run for the seat vacated by incumbent Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Chester). Downingtown Mayor Josh Maxwell and Caln Commissioner Josh Young have both announced that they will not seek the open Congressional seat.
Update: The Reading Eagle reported that Senator Judy Schwank would not run for the seat either.
“I feel it would be a disservice to the people who elected me,” she said.
Even with these three withdrawals, the prospective field for the nomination is still fairly broad. Other Democrats considering a bid for the seat are physician and former candidate Manan Trivedi and New Democratic Coalition spokesman Phil LaRue.
According to Cook Political Report, the district is R+2 which definitely makes it competitive as an open seat.
Republicans potentially vying for the seat are State Senator John Rafferty, former Senate candidate Sam Rohrer, businessman Patrick Collins, as well as Chester County Commissioner Ryan Costello or Chester County Republican Chairman Val DiGiorgio.