In November, veteran Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Hollidaysburg/ Altoona) announced that he would seek re-election in 2018 even though his chairmanship of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee is drawing to an end when the current Congress adjourns. As 2018 begins, however, Mr. Shuster has suddenly reversed course and announced that he will not seek re-election after all. Under its present configuration, the 9th District should remain safely Republican. If the Democrats win their redistricting lawsuit, however, the district could drastically change in a re-draw, and then all bets would be off.
Mr. Shuster is now the 44th House member not standing for re-election, and the 29th Republican. Much more will be written about this race in the coming weeks when the candidate field begins to take shape. The filing deadline is March 6th for the May 15th party primary election.
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