The Congressional Redistricting plan announced in this newspaper last week, was subsequently rejected by Gov. Tom Wolf, and has been replaced by a plan which the Pennsylvania Supreme Court came up with on Monday, Feb. 19, as a result of a self-imposed deadline so that interested candidates could file and get on the ballot in time for the May 15 primary.
Wyoming County, which is presently in the Eleventh Congressional District and represented by Lou Barletta of Hazleton, is now destined to be a part of the Twelfth Congressional District.
The incumbent within that new Twelfth District is Rep. Tom Marino, R-Williamsport, and the new district very much mirrors the old Tenth District in which Marino from 2011 until 2013 also represented Wyoming County in Congress, and furthermore had a field district office in Tunkhannock.
In the 2010 election, Marino, a former Lycoming County District Attorney,b took on incumbent Chris Carney of Dimock and won.
From 1999 until 2007, the seat was held by Tunkhannock businessman Don Sherwood, whom Carney beat in 2006.
No longer in the old boundaries of the 10th are Pike and Wayne counties and parts of Lackawanna and Luzerne.
Added back in, along with Wyoming County, are Potter, Clinton and the southeastern third of Centre County.
Marino had announced he was running for reelection to Congress, and will likely be challenged by Republican Bradford County Commissioner Doug McLinko and Susquehanna County Democrat Judy Herschel.
Joe Peters, of Lake Winola, had previously announced intentions to seek the House seat held by Barletta, who is not seeking reelection to the House but is seeking to square off with U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., in the latter’s bid for reelection.
Peters’ political consultant Chris Nicholas said, “He’s not going to run against Marino, because they are friends.”
Nicholas did not rule out the possibility of Peters possibly moving to Lackawanna County and running against incumbent Democrat Matt Cartwright, whose present 17th District includes much of the newly constructed Eighth District.
The new Eighth District now includes Kingston Township, Luzerne County, hometown of former state revenue secretary Dan Meuser who was also looking to replace Barletta in the Eleventh.
Barring a successful federal court challenge by Republican lawmakers, the plan will be in effect for the May 15 primary.
(Times-Shamrock Writer Borys Krawczeniuk also contributed to this story.)