More than 100 members of the Lebanon County Republican Committee assembled at the Lincoln Republican Club on Wednesday evening to formally endorse candidates for the 2018 Republican Primary Election, to be held on Tuesday, May 15.
The Committee unanimously endorsed Luzerne County businessman Dan Meuser for the open 9th Congressional Seat.
“The Lebanon County Republican Committee is proud to fully support Dan Meuser and his campaign for Congress. We are ecstatic that Lebanon County will have the opportunity to have a full-throated, unapologetic conservative represent us in Congress," said Lebanon County Republican Committee Chairman Casey Long in a news release.
"Dan is pro-life, supports the 2nd Amendment and strongly backs President Trump’s “America First Agenda,” Long added. "We look forward to working with the Meuser Campaign to ensure Lebanon County solidly backs Dan’s candidacy in May and November."
Pennsylvania has new court-ordered congressional districts for the 2018 election after the state Supreme Court ruled the current districts were unconstitutional due to extreme gerrymandering.
Under the new districts, all of Lebanon County will be part of the 9th Congressional district, along with Schuylkill, Columbia and Carbon counties and large portions of Berks, Montour, Luzerne and Northumberland counties.
Currently, congressional districts split Lebanon County, with the northern and western parts of the county part of the 15th Congressional District represented by Republican Charlie Dent, and the southeastern portion of Lebanon County a part of the 6th Congressional district represented by Ryan Costello. Both Dent and Costello are not running for congress in 2018.
According to Ballotpedia.org, Republican primary candidates are Meuser, Scott Uehlinger and George Halcovage.
Democratic candidates are Susan Quick, Denny Wolff and Gary Wegman.
Meuser previously served as Pennsylvania Secretary of Revenue from 2011-2015.
“Lebanon County has welcomed our campaign with open arms and our campaign is eternally grateful for the support of the Lebanon County GOP,” Meuser said. “Our campaign is going to work incredibly hard over the next few weeks going door-to-door, making phone calls and through paid advertising. We are going to continue to campaign in Lebanon County like we are going to serve in Congress… tirelessly and with a focus on results, not rhetoric.”
In addition, the Lebanon GOP endorsed Senator Mike Folmer and Representatives Frank Ryan, Russ Diamond and Sue Helm.
All four are running unopposed in the Republican Primary.
Finally, the committee unanimously voted to endorse County Commissioner Bob Phillips, District Attorney Dave Arnold, Dawn Resonavich and Nicole Sidle for Lebanon County's four seats on the Republican State Committee.