Ex-dem Marsicano challenges Cartwright
The former mayor of Hazleton joins other GOP hopefuls in race for the 8th Congressional District.
Michael Marsicano, a Democrat when elected mayor of Hazleton 25 years ago, plans a run for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 8th district as a Republican.
He will join at least four other Republicans in the April primary to challenge Democrat Matt Cartwright, an attorney from Moosic who has served four terms in Congress, in the general election.
Marsicano, a former state trooper and commercial airline pilot, lives in Hazle Twp. and became a Republican two years ago.
He plans to make a formal announcement today.
After being elected as mayor in 1995, Marsicano lost a reelection bid to Jack Mundie in the Democratic primary of 1999, and Mundie lost the general election to Republican Lou Barletta.
In 2007, Marsicano ran for mayor against Barletta, who knocked him out as a writein candidate in the primary.
In 2016, Marsicano challenged Barletta again, in what was then the 11th District, and Barletta won with 64.1% of the vote.
In the upcoming Republican primary, Marsicano will face Earl Granville, an Army veteran of Scott Twp.; Harry Haas, a Dallas Middle School teacher and Luzerne County councilman of Kingston; and Teddy Daniels, a former security company owner of West Wyoming. Mike Cammisa of Hazleton also plans a run as a Republican.
The 8th District includes all of Lackawanna, Wayne and Pike counties, portions of Luzerne and Monroe counties, and includes Scranton and Wilkes-barre.