We officially have one candidate.
Tom Brier, an attorney and author, announced his intentions to seek the Democratic nomination for the 10th Congressional District.
In a Medium post, the 27 year-old Hershey native explained the reasons he decided to run for Congress now.
“I run for Congress because disastrous, divisive policies can be changed only by changing the representatives who make them,” Brier wrote in the announcement post. “I run for Congress because I believe it is time for a new generation of leadership — a generation comprised of the young in age and the young in spirit; a generation that prefers creative experimentation to rigid ideology; and a generation prepared to offer a new vision for recapturing America’s moral leadership in the world.”
Brier cited statistics about the opioid death rate, student loan debt, infrastructure and unemployment as specific areas that need to be addressed in Pennsylvania.
He mentions being involved in Democratic politics for more than a decade, including a stint as a legislative intern for Sen. Bob Casey, while he also served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit for a year.
Policy positions laid out under the priorities tab on his campaign website include climate change, economy, education, gun violence, healthcare, national defense, opioid epidemic, technology, and unions.
Brier is the first Democrat to officially announce a bid for the 10th District. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale told PoliticsPA he is mulling a run for a couple of different offices, while not ruling out a run for the 10th District in 2020. It is also currently unclear if George Scott, the Democratic candidate in 2018, will make another run for the seat.
Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) was awarded a fourth term in Congress by besting Scott by just over 2.5 points.
The DCCC listed the 10th District as one of the three Congressional seats in Pennsylvania on their initial 2020 target list.