Democrats may have another candidate in the primary for retiring Rep. Jim Gerlach’s seat: Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone.
“I’m honored to have been approached by a number of people suggesting that I run for the 6th and I am considering it,” Cozzone told PoliticsPA. “I will continue to talk with constituents and supporters and, most importantly, discussing the opportunity with my family.”
Commissioner Kathi Cozzone was sworn in as Chester County Commissioner in 2008 and was re-elected to office in 2011. Prior to public office, Cozzone worked as a corporate business manager for Rodale, Inc. She resides in Uwchlan Township with her husband Victor and their ten year-old son.
Now that Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie Richards and State Senator Judy Schwank have ruled out a run, PoliticsPA asked Emily’s List whether they were recruiting Cozzone.
“This is an exciting opportunity to build on the momentum for more women’s leadership across the state,” Emily’s List spokeswoman Marcy Stech said. “We are talking to a number of qualified Democratic women who would fight for working families.”
A former Chester County Commissioner may be another potential candidate for the Democratic nomination: State Senator Andrew Dinniman. Dinniman has been in the Senate since 2006, but prior to that, served 14 years as a Chester County Commissioner.
PoliticsPA is seeking comment from Dinniman as well.
While a few Chester County Democrats are dipping their toes into the race, Chester County GOP Chairman Val DiGiorgio decided earlier this week not to run for the Republican nomination, he told the Times of Chester County.
He stated that he was not interested in the commute to Washington.. “It’s just that simple.”
DiGiorgio said he called Costello and pledged to work to get him endorsed not only in Chester County but also in Montgomery and Lebanon Counties, which are also part of the Sixth District. “He’s very appreciative of my support and counsel,” DiGiorgio told the Times of Chester County.
If Costello decides to run, he could face former Senate candidate Sam Rohrer, businessman Patrick Collins and State Senator John Rafferty for the Republican nod.
The Democratic primary has seen a lot of turnover in the past few days as several potential candidates have decided against the run. Remaining in the prospective candidate pool are Rep. Mark Rozzi, Manan Trivedi and declared candidate Mike Parrish.