“There is a fundamental lack of leadership in Congress today. Politicians are putting their own interests and narrow ideology first, and as a result, the challenges facing everyday Americans are no longer the priority,” Parrish states.
“I was taught to be a leader in the United States Army. Serving my country has been a lifelong honor and privilege. Now it’s my turn to give back to the American people and lead our nation toward a bright and prosperous future. Today I’m announcing my candidacy for Congress.”
That race was upended, however, when Jim Gerlach surprised the political world by announcing his retirement.
The DCCC is staying on the sidelines for now but former Governor Ed Rendell is throwing his support behind Parrish.
“I’m very impressed with the work Mike’s done with the local party leadership and the support he’s been building over the last year,” Gov. Rendell said. “We need more Veterans like Mike in Congress.”
Two weeks ago, West Whiteland Township Supervisor Joe Denham told PoliticsPA he is “aggressively looking at running for the Democratic nomination”.
The 6th district consists of parts of Berks, Chester, Lebanon and Montgomery Counties. It is currently represented by freshman Republican Congressman Ryan Costello.