Six Democrats file to challenge Perry in PA-10 – Pennsylvania Capital-Star

The Democratic race to unseat U.S. Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) in Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District has officially begun. 

Six Democrats have filed nomination petitions to run for the seat in south-central Pennsylvania. 

Mike O’Brien, a retired Marine; Janelle Stelson, a former longtime anchor at WGAL-TV; Blake Lynch, a former WITF executive; Shamaine Daniels, a Harrisburg City Councilwoman; Rick Coplen, an Army veteran and Carlisle School Board member; and John Broadhurst, a businessman, have filed for the Democratic Party nomination for the April 23 primary. 

Bob Forbes, a retired Army sergeant and educator in the Harrisburg School District, and William Lillich, a disabled veteran and former truck driver, were present at the first Democratic candidates forum on Jan. 13, but did not file the necessary petitions with signatures from registered voters by the deadline. 

Perry, former chairperson of the conservative Freedom House Caucus, is currently serving his sixth term in Congress. He appears to have a clear path to his party’s nomination as the only Republican to file for the 10th District primary. John Henry Newman, a former professor, announced his candidacy for the Republican Party nomination last month, but didn’t file paperwork by the deadline. 

Perry was also unopposed for the GOP nomination in 2022, while two Democrats sought their party’s nomination in the previous cycle. 

The seven candidates filing for the seat in 2024 make it the most crowded Congressional race in Pennsylvania this cycle. 

Although the six Democrats have just filed paperwork necessary to run for office, the fundraising race has been underway. Perry outraised the crowded field of Democrats in the final three months of 2023, although he spent more than any of his challengers during that same time period. 

As it has in previous cycles, national Democrats are targeting Perry’s race. The Democratic Campaign Committee named Perry on its list of incumbents to unseat in 2024.

National ratings outlets have also taken note that the race may be close. The Cook Political Report and Inside Elections rate the race for the 10th Congressional District as “lean Republican.”

The deadline to circulate and file nomination petitions for office in Pennsylvania was 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday. 

February 20 is the last date to file objections to nomination petitions and February 28 is the last day for withdrawal by candidates who filed nomination petitions. 

The 10th Congressional district includes all of Dauphin County and parts of Cumberland and York Counties.

Originally published at,by John Cole

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