Though Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Hazelton) running for the Senate gives the Democrats a better chance to pick up the lean Republican 11th District, they still face an uphill challenge. Now, one of their most promising potential candidates, state Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne County), has made a decision about running for Congress. The Senator said over the weekend that he chooses to remain in the state legislature. To date, no major Democrat has yet come forward to run, but former state Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff (D) is said to be considering the race. State Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Carlisle), former state Revenue Department Secretary Dan Meuser, and Berwick Borough Councilman Andrew Shecktor comprise the early Republican field.
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