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George Scott to run against Sen. DiSanto in District 15; pastor lost congressional race in 2018

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Posted 1/9/20

George Scott, who lost a bid in 2018 for the U.S. House of Representatives, announced Thursday that he is running for the seat of John DiSanto in Pennsylvania’s 15th Senate District.

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George Scott to run against Sen. DiSanto in District 15; pastor lost congressional race in 2018

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George Scott, who lost a bid in 2018 for the U.S. House of Representatives, announced Thursday that he is running for the seat of John DiSanto in Pennsylvania’s 15th Senate District.

Scott, a Democrat, served in the Army for 20 years, both at home and abroad, with multiple deployments to the Middle East. He returned to south central Pennsylvania and became a pastor.

“After serving our nation as a soldier and my community as a pastor, I am excited about the opportunity to continue that service in the state Senate,” he said in a press release. “I look forward to bringing my focus on creating consensus to solve the issues facing our community, including reducing health care costs, providing better education, and reforming our government. I look forward to learning more from our community and working to improve the lives of everyday people.”

DiSanto recently announced that he will run for re-election. He won the seat in 2016, defeating incumbent Democrat Rob Teplitz.

The 15th District encompasses all of Perry County and a majority of Dauphin County, including Hummelstown, Derry Township, Harrisburg and Steelton.

Middletown, Lower Swatara Township and Londonderry Township are in the 48th District, and voters will pick a new senator Tuesday in a special election to replace Mike Folmer. The Republican from Lebanon resigned in the fall after being charged with several counts related to child pornography.

Scott first ran for office in 2018. He narrowly lost his U.S. House of Representatives race to Scott Perry, 149,365 votes to 141,668 votes. Scott said he is looking forward to taking the lessons he learned from that race to the 15th District.

His campaign manager, Chris Walsh, said: “With deep local roots and a career of service, George is uniquely qualified to represent the interests of his community. His previous campaign demonstrated his ability to present an inclusive message that resonates with voters from all walks of life. We’re excited to run a positive, issue-based campaign that is focused on George’s unique qualifications and deep desire to serve the people of the 15th District.”

Scott and his wife, Donna, have two college-aged children.