How the midterm elections are shaping up for the House race in new District 10

Category:  Opinions
Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 at 6:15 PM

The former District 4 (now District 10) must choose between its incumbent, three-time congressman Scott Perry, or democrat primary winner George Scott. District 10 is one of 18 Pennsylvania districts that was redrawn after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the previous map was unconstitutional. 

George Scott, Democrat 

George Scott grew up around south central Pennsylvania and served 20 years in the U.S. military after graduating from Georgetown University with a degree in international politics. In his time in the Army, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel. After retiring from the Army, he went back to school — this time to become a pastor. He states that his calling to serve and deep roots in south central Pennsylvania give him a unique perspective on what issues his district’s residents believe are most important. 

Scott Perry, Republican

Scott Perry grew up in Harrisburg with a background unique amongst many Republican and Democratic candidates. The grandson of Colombian immigrants, he started working at age 13 picking apples at a farm to help support his family. He states that his “Spartan” early life — his family had no running water or electricity — gives him unique insight on the issues facing citizens of his district. Perry served 38 years in the U.S. military. 

The new District 10 was formally District 4, which was a solidly Republican district. However, the new redrawn lines give Democrats a slight advantage, meaning that with a good Democrat turnout, Perry could lose his seat. This would make it the first time since 1960 that a Democrat represented the southwestern part of Pennsylvania. 

Shayma Musa can be reached at voices.spectator@gmail.com.

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