Pennsylvania Republicans will be holding a special congressional district convention this Saturday to choose a nominee to replace resigned Rep. Tom Marino (R-Williamsport) for the May 21st special election. At least 24 Republican participants have filed with the committee for consideration as a candidate. This is one of the few times a person can run for Congress with little in the way of preliminary expenditure, so seeing a large number of aspirants is not particularly surprising.
Among the 24 are two state Representatives, Fred Keller and Jeff Wheeland, a former federal prosecutor, three county officials, a state Farm Bureau executive, a police constable, and two military veterans. Voting will continue among the selected 200+ delegates until one candidate receives a majority vote. The winner will face the already-chosen Democratic nominee, college professor and 2018 congressional nominee Marc Friedenberg. The Republican candidate will be considered the favorite in a reconfigured district that President Trump carried 66-30% in 2016.
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