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Rep. Gerlach to Retire, Leaving GOP House Seat Open

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Monday, 06 Jan 2014 04:31 PM

By Amy Woods

Another House seat is up for grabs this year because of a retiring representative — bringing the total to 10 from both parties — with Republican Rep. Jim Gerlach's statement Monday that he would not run for re-election in 2014, The Washington Post reported.

"Nearing the end of my sixth term in the House and following 12 years of public service in the Pennsylvania House and Senate, it is simply time for me to move on to new challenges and to spend more time with my wife and family," Gerlach announced. "This is a tremendously difficult decision because I have had the opportunity to work with a multitude of dedicated public servants throughout the years.

"Together, we have worked to strengthen our communities and create opportunities for the hard-working families we have been privileged to represent," he concluded.

The 58-year-old's district in suburban Philadelphia undoubtedly will be targeted by Democrats; Pennsylvania businessman and Army veteran Michael Parrish already has filed to run.

On the GOP side, potential candidates include Chester County Commissioner Ryan Costello, state Sen. John Rafferty, and former state Rep. Sam Rohrer.

According to a list compiled by Roll Call, Democrats will need to net 17 seats to regain control of the House.

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