Another day, another prospective candidate for PA-6. This time it’s 2010 candidate Doug Pike.
Pike lost to Manan Trivedi in the Democratic primary of 2010 by just 714 votes. Trivedi went on to lose the general election to Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Chester) later that year and again in 2012.
Berks County Democratic Chairman Tom Herman told the Reading Eagle that he is supporting Pike at this point, even though Pike lives in Montgomery County.
“I believe he has one of the best chances of winning,” Herman said.
PoliticsPA is seeking comment from Pike.
The hypothetical Democratic primary is filling up quickly as State Senator Judy Schwank (Berks), Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie Richards, Manan Trivedi and New Democratic Coalition spokesman Phil Larue have all expressed varying degrees of interest in the race.
Before Gerlach announced his retirement a newly registered Democrat, Mike Parrish, had already declared his candidacy for the seat. According to Dave Wasserman of Cook Political Report, Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer (Maryland) will host a fundraiser in Philadelphia for Parrish.
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) January 9, 2014
Gerlach’s seat is only R+2, which makes it exceptionally competitive as an open seat, so Republicans are lining up too. State Senator John Rafferty, Former US Senate candidate Sam Rohrer, who lives just outside the district, as well as Chester County Commissioner Ryan Costello and Chester County Republican Chairman Val DiGiorgio would be likely candidates.