An Army veteran is seeking to Democratic nomination to challenge Rep. Glenn Thompson in the state 5th Congressional District.
Thomas Tarantella, a Clarion County native, announced is candidacy in a press release issued Tuesday.
"I stand for equal opportunity for all our citizens through minimum wage and the equality of our education,'' he said. "Quality education can give all citizens the opportunity to reach their potential. There should be freedom from governmental interference in our private lives and personal decisions.'' Mr. Tarantella served in the Army for 22 years. He is the first Democrat to emerge as a candidate in the sprawling seat in the north and central section of the state. He faces a tough challenge in a heavily Republican district. The incumbent, Mr. Thompson, first elected in 2008, won re-election overwhelmingly in 2012 with 63 percent of the vote. At the same time. Mitt Romney carried the district over President Barack Obama, 57 percent to 41 percent.