Apr 19, 2018
Dent Turbocharges Congressional Election
With Charlie Dent announcing that he is resigning within weeks, chances are that a short term incumbent will be running in the November election for the new 7th Congressional District. With the primary elections coming up in about a month, the winners will most likely be chosen to compete in the special election which Governor Wolf will call for after Dent's formal resignation. The winner of the special election will complete Dent's current term in the 15th District.
Pundits of the cynical nature will assume that Dent is resigning to enhance the chances of his chosen successor to win the November general election. As it stands right now, I believe that Nothstein and Morganelli are their respective party favorites.
Dent's resignation, for whatever reason, will not be popular locally in the short term. However, he has served his constituents on both the state and federal level for many years, and he will be appreciated for that long service.