Three GOP candidates indicated this week that they will seek the seat of retiring Rep. Todd Platts (R-Pa.): state Rep. Scott Perry, York County Commissioner Chris Reilly and attorney Sean Summers.
The south-central Pennsylvania district is a safe GOP seat, and the winner of the primary will most likely be Platts’ successor. Perry estimated he’ll need at least $500,000 to compete in the April 24 primary.
“We’re thinking about $500,000 — $750,000, if it gets really ugly,” Perry told Roll Call.
Local Republicans say other lesser-known GOP candidates are still pondering bids. But they also caution the field might not be too large given the timing of Platts’ retirement announcement, which came less than a month before the Feb. 14 filing deadline.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.