Last Saturday, the Cumberland County Democratic Committee convened to determine endorsements for the 2012 Primary Election. The following slate of candidates was selected for endorsement:
- Barack Obama, President of the United States
- Robert Casey, Jr., United States Senate
- Ken Lee, U.S. Congress, 4th District
- Eugene DePasquale, Pennsylvania Auditor General
- Rob McCord, Pennsylvania State Treasurer
- Susan Spicka, Pennsylvania State Representative, 89th District
The 4th Congressional District was the only contested race in which the Cumberland County Democrats made an endorsement, choosing Ken Lee over Harry Perkinson by a nearly 3 to 1 margin.
According to his website, Lee is “a nationally recognized attorney who specializes in complex commercial litigation.” Recently, Lee has “won cases to protect taxpayers in one of the nation’s largest municipal Bankruptcies and Receiverships,” and his “experience in representing businesses gives him a unique understanding of the economy and how it works.” Lee is also a board member of The National Civil War Museum, the Allocation Committee of the United Way of the Capital Region, the Scholarship Committee of Executive Women International, and serves on various other boards.
The 4th Congressional District, formerly the 19th Congressional District, is currently held by Republican Congressman Todd Platts, who announced his retirement after six terms due to his pledge when initially elected. There are two Democrats, seven Republicans, and one Libertarian running to replace Congressman Platts. The newly-gerrymandered district includes all of York and Adams County, and parts of Cumberland and Dauphin County.
“I am excited by all our endorsements, especially the endorsements of Ken Lee for Congress in the 4th Congressional District and Susan Spicka for State Representative in the 89th. These two are exceptionally well-qualified candidates who are talking about stronger and better representation of the people of Cumberland County,” said Michael Fedor, Chairman of the Cumberland County Democratic Committee.
The committee chose to leave two Primary Election races open – the 11th Congressional District between Democrats Gene Stilp and Bill Vinsko and the race for Attorney General between Patrick Murphy and Kathleen Kane.
“In both cases, the committee seemed to say we have a well-qualified field, and so the committee wants to let the candidates fight on an even playing field in the County so the strongest candidate emerges in each race this April,” said Fedor.
Asked about the number of races where Democrats do not have a candidate on the ballot for the state legislature this spring, Fedor said, “There is no doubt that the failure of the reapportionment commission to host a truly open process and its failure to pass a legal map played a part in this. We also recognize we are rebuilding as a Party. When resources are limited, it’s best to put forward a strategic plan for success that builds for the long term. Electing Susan Spicka to the state house and winning one or both of our Congressional races this year would be important steps in that direction.”