The race to replace retiring Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick is already under way (two days after Fitzpatrick’s final term started).
State Representative Steve Santarsiero (D-Lower Makefield) has announced his candidacy for the 8th Congressional District race in 2016.
“I’m excited to start preparing a campaign to represent the people of Bucks and Montgomery Counties in Congress,” Santarsiero said. “It’s time we make Washington accountable to our citizens. I will make it a priority to focus on keeping the middle class families of the 8th District secure while helping to grow our economy, create jobs and bring real reform to Washington.”
Rep. Santasiero just began his fourth term representing the 31st District and previously served as the Lower Makefield Township Supervisor from 2003 to 2009.
His announcement contained praise from former Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz and the Chair of the Bucks Democratic Party.
“Steve Santarsiero’s entry into the race is great news for the 8th District and for our Democratic Party,” ex-Rep. Schwartz said. “His broad support among Republicans, Democrats, and independent voters will make him a formidable candidate.”
“Steve can win this seat,” Bucks Democratic Chair John Cordisco asserted. “He just won re-election to the state house by a landslide in a swing district in what turned out to be a very bad year for Democrats. He has a clear track record of winning in a tough district, and that’s what we will need to prevail in the 2016 congressional race.”