Former Mayor of Hazleton Mike Marsicano announced his candidacy this weekend for Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District in the 2016 election. If his wins the Democratic nomination, Marsicano would go on to face another former Mayor of Hazleton, Republican Lou Barletta, who has held the seat since 2011.
According to Amanda Christman of the Standard Speaker, Marsicano made his official announcement on Sunday in front of Hazleton Elementary/Middle School.
This backdrop was chosen for a purpose, as Marsicano noted that during his tenure as mayor he refused to allow this building to be demolished. Instead, the former Hazleton High School was renovated into a school and community performing arts center. Using the school’s repair as a metaphor of Congress’ need of repair, Marsicano said, “I am here today to remind everyone that some things that have become broken can and must be fixed.”
The former Mayor stated that he had a three step plan in which he would vow to fix Congress: listening to those in the district, engaging bipartisan approaches for middle class struggles, and refusing to participate in negative campaigning.
His campaign signs reinforced his promise to listen to constituents’ needs, declaring “People not Politics.”
To close his speech, Marsicano quoted Alexis de Tocqueville who said, “The greatness of America lies in her ability to repair her faults.”
Prior to serving as Hazleton’s Mayor, he also held a seat on the City Council.