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Rep. Gene DiGirolamo is running for Bucks County Commissioner

By: - March 5, 2019 10:59 am

The Capitol building in Harrisburg (Capital-Star photo)

Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, a long time and vocal liberal Republican state lawmaker from the southeast, is running for Bucks County Commissioner.

DiGirolamo told the Bucks County Courier Times of his decision last week.

Bucks County Rep
Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, R-Bucks (State House photo)

“I have no illusion that this is going to be easy,” he told the Courier-Times. “This isn’t going to be a cakewalk. If you look at what’s been going on in terms of voter registration, there’s more Democrats than Republicans.”

He also noted the heavy losses of southeast House Republicans last year. Their numbers were cut in half — 28 to 14, from Coatesville to Doylestown.

DiGirolamo hung on by a wide margin that year, winning his southern Bucks County seat 56-43 percent.

Even as the Republican caucus has moved to the right, DiGirolamo has continued to advocate for a severance tax on natural gas production, expanded gun control measures, and increasing the minimum wage.

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Stephen Caruso
Stephen Caruso

Stephen Caruso is a former senior reporter with Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Before working with the Capital-Star he covered Pennsylvania state government for The PLS Reporter.