Retired Army officer leads Democratic race to challenge Scott Perry for US Congress


On Tuesday night, Rick Coplen led Shamaine Daniels in the Democratic primary race for the US House seat currently held by Republican Scott Perry.

According to unofficial results, Coplen had about 53% of the vote, compared to 47% for Daniels, around 11:30 p.m. About 96% of the votes had been counted.

Perry ran unopposed in the Republican primary for the 10th congressional district seat.

Coplen, 62, of Cumberland County, is a retired army officer.

After graduating from West Point, he saw combat in the 82nd Airborne Division in Panama and toured Bosnia and the Korean Demilitarized Zone.

Coplen also worked as a teacher and facilitator at the US Army War College. He and his wife own and operate the Rendezvous Run farm, where they house and train horses.

Coplen said he would support policies that support veterans, education, American agriculture, improved infrastructure, a livable environment, voter rights and fair elections.

“We all do better when we work together, and that’s the kind of leader I will be — one who works to unite all people for a better, stronger America,” he said during his campaign.

Daniels, 43, is a lawyer and is in her third term on the Harrisburg City Council.

The district covers all of Dauphin and parts of York and Cumberland counties.

That leans Republican, but analysts believe a Democrat can win due to factors including Perry’s involvement in former President Donald Trump’s plan to void the 2020 election.

Perry refused to testify before the US House committee investigating the January 6 attacks on the Capitol by Trump supporters.

The 59-year-old Dillsburg native is seeking a sixth term.

He spent 40 years in the Pennsylvania National Guard, retiring as a brigadier general. He was a helicopter pilot and is credited with 44 missions in Iraq.

The 10th congressional district was central Pennsylvania’s only contested primary for the U.S. Congress.

Here are the candidates in the other U.S. House races for the remaining seats representing central Pennsylvania in the November general election:

In the 9th Congressional District, incumbent U.S. Representative Daniel Meuser, a Republican from Luzerne County, will face Democrat Amanda Waldman of Lycoming County.

Meuser, 58 and a candidate for a third term, is a member of the parliamentary small business and foreign affairs committees.

Waldman is a financial representative in the health insurance industry and serves on the board of directors for the Roads to Freedom Center for Independent Living in Lycoming County.

The district covers all of Bradford, Columbia, Lebanon, Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Wyoming counties, and parts of Berks, Luzerne, and Lycoming counties.

In the 11th Congressional District, incumbent U.S. Representative Lloyd Smucker, a Republican, will face Democrat Robert Hollister II.

Smucker, 58, of Lancaster County, is seeking a fourth two-year term. He sits on the House Ways and Means Committee and the Budget Committee. He previously served in the state senate and before that owned a construction company.

Hollister, 55, also of Lancaster County, served as superintendent of the East Lancaster County School District for 13 years.

The district covers all of Lancaster County and part of York County.

In the 13th congressional district, U.S. Representative John Joyce, a Republican from Blair County, will run unopposed. His Republican opponent dropped out of the race in March; no Democrats ran for the seat.

Joyce, 65, a dermatologist, served two terms. He sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and is a member of the China Task Force.

The district covers Blair, Huntingdon, Bedford, Fulton, Franklin and Adams counties, and parts of Somerset, Westmoreland, Cambria and Cumberland counties.


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