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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Causer, Scarnati Respond To Election Queries

State Representative Martin Causer (R) Turtlepoint and State Senator Joseph Scarnati (R) Brockway, responded recently to questions from the media, asking if they were going to run for the US Representative office in the 5th congressional district, currently held by Rep. John Peterson.

Peterson, 69, announced Jan. 3 that he will not seek re-election this year and plans to retire after more than 30 years of public service.

Causer said after a great deal of thought and consideration, he believes he can best serve the region by remaining in the state House.

"I want to thank all the people who called to urge me to run for Congress. However, with three young children at home, I have decided it is not the right time to run," Causer said.

"I have enjoyed serving the people of the 67th District, and I hope they will give me the opportunity to continue that service," he said. "I believe there is much more we can accomplish as I continue to gain seniority in Harrisburg."

Causer, whose district covers all of Cameron and Potter counties and a portion of McKean County, will be seeking a fourth term in the House, having first been elected in 2002.

All 203 seats in the state House are up for re-election this year.

Half of the state Senate's 50 seats will be on the ballot this year, including that of Sen. Joe Scarnati, R-Brockway, who said he plans to seek re-election. Scarnati, who said a formal announcement would be coming soon, did not indicate whether he is interested in Peterson's office.

Of all the area state legislators, Scarnati would be the logical choice by many to succeed Peterson considering his status as the Senate president pro tempore. Scarnati's 25th Senatorial District, which was once Peterson's, substantially mirrors the 5th Congressional District geographically.

Three candidates have publicly stated their intentions to run for Peterson's seat. They are Centre County business executive Matthew Shaner, a 28-year-old Republican, former Centre County Commissioner Chris Exarchos, a Republican and Philipsburg resident Donald Wilson of the Green Party.

Information for this article was gathered from the DuBois Courier Express and the Centre Times.com.

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