Democratic County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone announced her intent to challenge incumbent Sen. John Rafferty (R-Montgomery)
Both were initially rumored to be seeking the respective nominations to fill the congressional seat left by Rep. Jim Gerlach’s retirement earlier this year. They both eventually declined to run, but will be opponents this year anyway.
“I’m proud to be a constant advocate for the people of Chester County and I’ve worked hard during my time as Commissioner to make this county an even better place to live and work,” said Cozzone ““While in Harrisburg Sen. Rafferty has voted with his party instead of his constituents on every major issue and in the past few years we’ve seen Harrisburg Republicans force too many cuts to education, lead too many attacks on working families, and not focus nearly enough on getting Pennsylvania’s economy back on track.”
Cozzone has been a commissioner since 2007 and was reelected in 2011.
Rafferty has represented the district since 2003.
He declined to comment on his newest challenger.
The Senate Democratic Campaign Committee is engaged in active recruiting to take the Senate back from Republicans, and protecting Rafferty may divert resources from other races that the SDCC is also targeting.