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Battle Lines Drawn In Congressional Races

Petitions are in … and now we have a better look at the candidates for congressional seats in the 2024 Pennsylvania primary.

PA-01. (R) Brian Fitzpatrick* vs. Mark Houck. (D) Ashley Ehasz.

Fitzpatrick looks for his fifth term in Washington and faces a primary challenge from Houck, a pro-life activist. Ehasz, who lost to Fitzpatrick in 2022, waits in the wings.

PA-02. (D) Brendan Boyle*. (R) Haroon Bashir.

PA-03. (D) Dwight Evans* vs. Tracey Gordon.

Evans also looks for term No. 5 and will take on Gordon, former Philadelphia Register of Wills, in the primary.

PA-04. (D) Madeleine Dean. (R) David Winkler.

PA-05. (D) Mary Gay Scanlon*. (R) Alfeia DeVaughn-Goodwin vs. Dasha Pruett.

Pruett, a manager of a law firm and unsuccessful 2020 candidate, and DeVaughn-Goodwin, a retired Philadelphia police officer, will meet for the GOP nomination.

PA-06. (D) Chrissy Houlahan*. (R) Neil Young Jr.

PA-07. (D) Susan Wild*. (R) Kevin Dellicker vs. Ryan Mackenzie vs. Maria Montero.

This will be one of the most closely-watched primaries as three candidates vie for the opportunity to challenge Wild in November. Dellicker runs a telecommunications business and was unsuccessful in a 2022 campaign for the nomination. Montero is a first-generation American and an attorney, while Mackenzie is a ninth-generation resident of the Lehigh Valley and a state representative.

PA-08. (D) Matt Cartwright*. (R) Rob Bresnahan.

PA-09. (R) Dan Meuser*. (D) Amanda Waldman.

PA-10. (R) Scott Perry*. (D) John Broadhurst vs. Rick Coplen vs. Shamaine Daniels vs. Blake Lynch vs. Mike O’Brien vs. Janelle Stelson.

If PA-07 is about the GOP primary, PA-10 is all about the Democrats. Six candidates look for the nomination to take on the incumbent Perry. Stelson, a former news anchor, has name recognition, while Daniels, a Harrisburg city councilwoman, ran an unsuccessful campaign against Perry in 2022. Broadhurst, an entrepreneur, Coplen, a veteran and Carlisle school board member, Lynch, an executive with the local PBS station, and O’Brien, a retired Marine Corps veteran, will make this among the most interesting races in the Commonwealth this spring.

PA-11. (R) Lloyd Smucker. (D) James Atkinson.

PA-12. (D) Summer Lee vs. Laurie MacDonald vs. Bhavini Patel. (R) James Hayes.

Western PA also has a primary race to watch as Lee, the incumbent, is challenged by MacDonald, the CEO of Center for Victims, and Patel, an Edgewood Borough councilwoman.

PA-13. (R) John Joyce*. (D) Beth Farnham.

PA-14. (R) Guy Reschenthaler*. (D) Ken Bach vs. Chris Dziados.

A pair of veterans – Bach (Navy) and Dziados (Army) – look for the Democratic nomination in hopes of challenging of Reschenthaler, the Republican Deputy Whip in the House.

PA-15. (R) Glenn Thompson*. (D) Zach Womer.

PA-16. (R) Mike Kelly* vs. Tim Kramer. (D) Preston Nouri.

Kelly, who was first elected in 2010, faces a primary challenger in Kramer, coordinator of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

PA-17. (D) Chris Deluzio*. (R) Rob Mercuri.





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