Former U.S. Rep Joe Hoeffel is making another run for Congress. He is seeking the Democratic nomination in the 4th Congressional District in Montgomery County as dozens of candidates file for newly drawn congressional seats Tuesday.
Hoeffel, 67, served three terms in Congress from 1999 to 2005 before leaving the seat to run unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate. He also ran for Pennsylvania governor in 2010.
Hoeffel joins a Democratic primary field that includes state Reps. Madeleine Dean and Mary Jo Daley and former CeaseFirePA director Shira Goodman.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court set Tuesday as the deadline to file nominating petitions for Congress in the state after the court found the previous congressional boundaries to be unconstitutionally gerrymandered.
The court itself redrew the congressional lines, and Republican challenges to those districts in federal court were rejected Monday.
Former Philadelphia City Councilman Bill Green has decided not to challenge U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle in the new 2nd Congressional District covering the eastern half of Philadelphia.
Although nominating petitions circulated to put Green on the ballot, he said in an email that it was “too late to mount a credible bid” for the seat.
Former bank executive Michele Lawrence is also running in the Democratic primary for that district. David Torres has filed to run as a Republican.
Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick will have at least one primary challenger in the 1st Congressional District centered on Bucks County.
Doylestown attorney Dean Malik, an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump, has filed to challenge Fitzpatrick. Former Yardley Borough council member Valerie Mihalek has also announced plans to run in the May 15 primary.
A crowded field is emerging as expected in the new 4th Congressional District centered on Delaware County. As many as 15 Democrats had announced for the seat at one point. Current Delaware U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, a Republican, decided not to seek re-election after it was revealed he’d settled a sexual harassment accusation.
As of late on filing day, 13 Democrats had filed. One who’d announced and dropped out, State Rep. Greg Vitali, decided to enter the race after all.
And Mary Ellen Balchunis, twice the Democratic nominee for Congress in the old 7th Congressional District, did not file after announcing recently she would make a run for Congress in the new 5th. She told me it was hard to get enough signatures on nominating petitions having started so late in the game.
Former prosecutor Kim Pearl is the endorsed Republican candidate for that seat. Businessman Paul Addis, who’d explored runs for governor and U.S. Senate, has also filed to run as a Republican in the primary.
In the 6th Congressional District, Chester County incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello has filed for his party’s primary, along with Greg McCauley. Chrissy Houlahan, who announced last year for the Democratic primary, has also filed to run.
I’ll try to update my list of candidates who’ve filed for Pennsylvania Congressional seats in the Philadelphia area throughout the day.
Here’s the list of those who’ve as of about 4:45 p.m.
1st District (mostly Bucks County)
Republican Brian Fitzpatrick (incumbent)
Republican Dean Malik
Democrat Rachel Reddick
Democrat Steve Bacher
Democrat Scott Wallace
2nd District (eastern half of Philadelphia)
Democrat Brendan Boyle (incumbent)
Democrat Michele Lawrence
Republican David Torres
3rd District (western half of Philadelphia)
Democrat Dwight Evans (incumbent)
Democrat Kevin Johnson
Republican Bryan Lieb
4th District (mostly Montgomery County)
Democrat Madeleine Dean
Democrat Mary Jo Daley
Democrat Shira Goodman
Democrat Joe Hoeffel
Republican Dan David
5th District (mostly Delaware County)
Democrat Dan Muroff
Democrat David Wertime
Democrat Rich Lazer
Democrat Molly Sheehan
Democrat Mary Gay Scanlon
Democrat Larry Arata
Democrat George Badey
Democrat Shelly Chauncey
Democrat Ashley Lunkenheimer
Democrat Thaddeus Kirkland
Democrat Margo Davidson
Democrat Greg Vitali
Democrat Theresa Wright
Democrat Lindy Li
Republican Pearl Kim
Republican Paul Addis
6th District (mostly Chester County)
Republican Ryan Costello (incumbent)
Republican Greg McCauley
Democrat Chrissy Houlahan