“I am strongly considering entering the race. I am meeting with leaders and getting a lot of encouragement,” Pries told PoliticsPA.
Pries is currently a Dauphin county Commissioner, having previously served as a Derry Township Supervisor for five years.
Speaking about the race so far, Pries said believes Republicans should be more united, rather than attacking each other.
“I was at [Republican] state committee and heard what [PA GOP Chairman] Val [DiGiorgio] was saying about unity and I could not agree more,” Pries said.
The district spans from the Lehigh Valley across to Dauphin county. Despite its size, Pries does not think coming from one of the smaller areas of the district will be a hinderance.
“In a district this large and with this many different candidates, voters will look for the best candidate.”
Pries has not set an exact time table for when he is planning on making a decision about the race.
“I am going to continue to it one day at a time, meeting with leaders across the district.”
State Representatives Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh) and Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh) have both announced for the race.