For­mer mayor will run for Congress again

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - FRONT PAGE - BY BO­RYS KRAWCZENIUK STAFF WRITER

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.

STAN­DARD-SPEAKER FILE

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.

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