Democratic candidates for Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District Ron DiNicola, Chris Rieger and Robert Multari debated Thursday evening at Erie's Jefferson Educational Society.
Democratic nominee Christopher Rieger, a 33-year-old attorney from Cranberry Twp., was the only one of the three candidates from his party to attend the forum at Strong Vincent Middle School. Rieger joined Congressman Mike Kelly's district director, Tim Butler during Tuesday's town hall.
Democratic candidate Ron DiNicola officially kicked off his run for Congress, opening his campaign headquarters in downtown Erie.
The forum was led by writers from the Meadville Tribune and the College's Center for Political Participation.
After the Pennsylvania Supreme Court drew the new congressional map to correct what was ruled an unconstitutional gerrymander, all of Erie County is right now in the new 15th district. That change is prompting two time Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress Ron DiNicola from Erie County to try it again.
The Democrat has already started circulating nominated petitions. DiNicola is also meeting with local leaders and talking with voters about the issues.
The hometown of Congressman Mike Kelly would not be a part of the district he currently serves in Congress under a new, redrawn map of Pennsylvania's Congressional Districts obtained by Erie News Now late Wednesday.