It was unanimous.
On Monday night, the Bucks County Republican Party’s Executive Committee unanimously selected former staffer to Rep. Bernie O’Neill, Meghan Schroeder to run as the GOP nominee for the November election for the 27th District.
“Meghan has worked on behalf of the residents of the 29th District her entire career, and her background and experience will serve her well as their next State Representative,” said Pat Poprik, Chair of the Bucks County Republican Committee.
Schroeder, of Buckingham, will face Democrat Andrew Dixon. He is an organizer with the American Federation of Teachers in New Jersey and adjunct professor at Rowan University.
The eight term incumbent, Rep. Bernie O’Neill announced his decision to not seek reelection after making public his focus shifting to caring for his older sister.
Schroeder, 32, started off as an intern in O’Neill’s office 16 years ago, later became a legislative aide and district office manager.
“She started her career in public service as an intern in my office, and over the years, I have had the privilege to watch her grow professionally and as a leader,” O’Neill said. “There is no one better suited to serve as our next State Representative.”
Recently, Schroeder was Congressman Fitzpatrick’s District Director. She discussed continuing O’Neill’s agenda if elected.
“I look forward to continuing his work providing fair education funding to our schools, fighting for property tax reform, and preserving open space,” she said.
In an interview with the Bucks County Courier Times, Dixon congratulated his opponent’s nomination but maintained his intention of taking back the seat for the Democrats.
“I certainly will do everything I have to win the seat,” Dixon said. “I think it’s time for a change in the 29th District.”
In 2016, President Trump won this district 51-46. In 2012, Gov. Romney held the district over President Obama 53-46. In 2014, Gov. Tom Corbett narrowly edged out Tom Wolf 51-49.
O’Neill won re-election in 2016 by 24 points, 62 to 38.