Former mayor will run for Congress again
Undaunted by his massive defeat in a bid for Congress last year, former Hazleton Mayor Mike Marsicano plans to try again next year.
In an online video posted Tuesday on his campaign website, Marsicano, a Democrat, said he will run for the 11th Congressional District seat again because nothing has changed in Washington since he lost to U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta.
“So Congress is stalled much like your car,” Marsicano says in the video. “It’s not working for you ... Today, Congress can’t agree on anything. You know, I can’ t believe it’ s impossible to come together on things like jobs, on health care, on fair taxes for everyone, our veterans and the many other issues that you, the voters, expect your elected officials to deliver on.”
Marsicano blamed Congress for bowing to “special interests” and “powerful lobbyists,” He called for eliminating “gerrymandering” of congressional districts to favor incumbents and term limits for members of Congress.
“This has led to career politicians instead of public servants who work for you,” he said.
Marsicano noted his own public service as a state trooper, a member of the Army National Guard, a homeland security agent and as Hazleton mayor.
“My home, my country, my family, my friends, these have always been my values,” he said. “T he things I spoke about are the values I will take to Washington.”
Efforts to reach Mar sicano were unsuccessful.
Bar let ta walloped him last year 199,421 votes to 113,800, a 27- percentagepoint margin. Bar let ta, a Republican and also a former Haz let on mayor, is already running for the U.S. Senate next year.
Last year, Mar sic a no ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination, but he will have op po siti on next year. Former state agriculture secretary Denny Wolf f of Columbia County and Air Force veteran Robert Alan Howe of Cumberland County have already announced they will seek the party’s nomination in the May primary election next year. Luzer ne County Councilman Tim McGinley said he is considering running for the nomination, too.
Four candidates have announced for the Re publican nomination. T hey are former state revenue secretary Dan Me user of Kingston Twp .; Andrew Lewis of Dauphin County, senior project manager for a home remodeling company; Ber wick Council man Andrew Shecktor; and state Rep. Stephen Bloom, R -199, Cumberland. Former Scranton cop and state Deputy Attorney General Joe Peters is also considering a Re publican bid.
Mike Marsicano discusses his loss on Nov. 8, 2016 against U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta for the 11th District seat. Marsicano, a former mayor of Hazleton, will run again for the seat in 2018.