Lawyer Bill Vinsko (D-Pa.) is taking steps to challenge freshman Rep. Lou Barletta (R) next year.
“We’ve officially filed the paperwork to become a candidate in the 11th Congressional district as of last week,” Vinsko told Roll Call on Monday. “We’re moving full steam ahead.”
Barletta defeated longtime Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D) by just less than 10 points last November. The northeastern Pennsylvania district is competitive, but that stands to change when GOP state lawmakers redraw the Congressional map later this year.
Nonetheless, Vinsko said he’s “pretty confident” that his home of Wilkes-Barre will stay in the 11th district under the new map.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.