POTTSTOWN PA – Justin Valentine, who currently serves as president of the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors, said Thursday (Jan. 30, 2014) he would seek the Republican Party nomination to run for state representative in Pennsylvania’s 146th District, which includes Lower Pottsgrove and Limerick townships, Royersford borough and a portion of Pottstown borough.
The seat is now held by Democrat Mark Painter of Limerick, who was elected during 2012.
The position has attracted significant attention this week. On Sunday (Jan. 26), in an article published by The (Pottstown PA) Mercury newspaper, former incumbent Tom Quigley of Royersford – who lost to Painter in the last election – said he would run again. Quigley provided a lengthy analysis of why he believed the seat was vulnerable.
Then on Monday (Jan. 27), Limerick Township Supervisor Thomas Neafcy told The Mercury he would challenge Quigley in a primary election to determine who would oppose Painter.
Valentine, a Buchert Road resident, also hopes to be part of that primary fight as well.
In a letter to supporters and the press, Valentine said he envisioned the coming election season as “an interesting crossroad” that could allow Republicans to reclaim the lost seat and also “send a strong messenger to Harrisburg that will represent this district with integrity and fidelity for a long time to come.”
Valentine emphasized he would represent “young, hard-working families” of the district as someone who embodied “the ideals of the party while also possessing a demonstrable vested interest in the communities that make up our district.”
Re-districting in the 146th changed some of the geography it covers and, in the process, its political constituency too. It now consists of more registered Republican voters than in the recent past, which has sparked interest among potential campaigners. Candidates for primary elections must file petitions with Montgomery County by March 11. The primary election itself is scheduled for May 20.
Painter has not made an official announcement about his candidacy for re-election, but acknowledged to The Mercury he planned to run again for the job.
Photo from Justin Valentine