PA-8: Petri Officially Jumps into Congressional Race
State Representative Scott Petri is officially running for Congress.
Petri filed his FEC “statement of candidacy”, creating “Petri for Congress” to seek the open 8th district seat that Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick is leaving next year.
The move is not exactly unexpected as Petri created an exploratory committee in May.
He isn’t the only Republican in the race, however, as former Bucks County Commissioner Andy Warren has pledged to run and 2008 nominee Tom Manion is also considering a bid.
It does appear, though, that the party is rallying behind Petri and it’s likely that they want to avoid a contentious primary like the one on the Democratic side between Shaughnessy Naughton and Steve Santarsiero.
The 8th district consists of all of Bucks County and parts of upper Montco. It is rated R+1 and therefore is one of the most competitive congressional seats in the nation.