Well, we’re going to have at least one contested race in the primary election for Congress involving a local seat.
Former CIA station chief/political blogger, analyst and commentator Scott C. Uehlinger of Topton in Berks County will face off against former state revenue secretary Dan Meuser of Kingston Twp. in Luzerne County for the Republican nomination in the 9th Congressional District.
Uehlinger planned to run in another district before the state Supreme Court imposed a new congressional district map last month.
Uehlinger’s home is in the 9th.
Meuser’s home is near the 9th, but not in it.
You don’t have to live in a congressional district to represent it.
Tomorrow is the deadline for congressional candidates to file their nominating papers.
Under the Supreme Court-imposed map, the 9th consists of all of Carbon, Columbia, Lebanon, Montour and Schuylkill counties and parts of Luzerne, Berks and Northumberland counties.
The Luzerne County part contains all of Black Creek, Conyngham,
Dorrance, Fairmount, Hollenback, Hunlock, Huntington, Lake, Lehman,
Nescopeck, Newport, Ross, Salem, Slocum, Sugarloaf and Union townships and the part of Hazle’s Twp.’s 1st voting district that isn’t in the 8th Congressional District.
All of Conyngham, Dallas, Harveys Lake, Nescopeck, New Columbus and Shickshinny boroughs are also in the 9th.
In Luzerne County’s Back Mountain, that means Dallas Borough is in the 9th, but Dallas Twp. is in the 8th.
By the way, the new 9th is written so that it has no sitting congressman is in it. The home of Rep. Lou Barletta, who is running for the U.S. Senate, is in Hazleton, which is in the 8th.
The primary is May 15. Congressmen earn $174,000 a year.