Dr. Manan Trivedi will get a clear shot at the congressional seat that eluded him two years ago.
Rep. Jim Gerlach's won easily over Dr. Ttivedi, an Iraq war veteran, in 2010 and 2012. The tally was 57 percent to 43 percent two years ago. But his decision not to seek ree-election put the seat in play this time around. The opening had attracted two potential Democratic challengers, but Mike Parish, a Chester County businessman announced Tuesday that he was dropping out and endorsing Dr. Trivedi in a district that includes Philadelphia suburbs and exurbs as its meanders from Chester to Lebanon counties, territory designed in the last redistricting map to make it that much safer for a Republican.
Mr. Parish told the Associated Press that he wanted to avoid an expensive primary fight that might jeopardize the Democratis chances of flipping the seat in the fall.
Chester County Commissioner Ryan Costello is unopposed for the GOP nomination to replace Mr. Gerlach, who is in his sixth term.