Bucks congressman’s brother will try to succeed him in 8th District

     U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick is leaving Congress after four terms. His younger brother, Brian, has announced will seek the seat in the GOP primary in April. (AP file photo)

    U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick is leaving Congress after four terms. His younger brother, Brian, has announced will seek the seat in the GOP primary in April. (AP file photo)

    A former FBI agent in California is announcing that he’ll run for his older brother’s seat in Congress in eastern Pennsylvania’s closely divided 8th District.

    Brian Fitzpatrick made the announcement Thursday evening in Doylestown.

    Republican Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick is leaving the seat after his fourth term representing part of Bucks County and a sliver of Montgomery County.

    Brian Fitzpatrick will join a crowded GOP primary race. State Rep. Scott Petri, as well as Dean Malik and Andrew Warren, who have both held posts in Bucks County government, are also running.

    At least two Democrats also have announced their candidacy — state Rep. Steve Santarsiero and small business owner Shaughnessy Naughton, who lost a bid for the nomination two years ago.

    The deadline to file signatures to get on the ballot is Feb. 16. The primary election is April 26.

     

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