Because of legislative redistricting, two freshman state House members from Lackawanna County could face off in the Democratic Party primary next year.
Rep. Frank Farina, D-Jessup, has announced he will be running for the state House in the 112th District next year. It’s a seat currently held by fellow freshman and Democrat Kevin Haggerty, of Dunmore. Farina currently represents the 115th District, but because of redistricting, that district will be relocated to Monroe County next year. Much of the current 115th will be incorporated into portions of the 112th and 118th districts.
“For the last 11 months as a state representative, I have been honored and humbled by my experience representing the people the 115th district,” Farina said. “I have learned a great deal about the hardworking people here and quite a bit more about myself in the process. I will continue to serve my constituents proudly everyday and continually build bridges to help our area succeed and prosper. Because of the commonwealth’s new redistricting plan and the newly structured 112th and 115th, I am very honored to announce my candidacy for the 112th Legislative District of Pennsylvania. I have accomplished a lot in my short time in office, but I have a lot more to do. Let’s continue this journey together.”
While Farina is in, he may not be trying to knock off a fellow incumbent come May.
Haggerty said he has not yet decided whether he will seek another term and he’s not interested in starting a reelection campaign less than a year into his first term.
‘“It’s way too early for me to get off focus,” Haggerty said. “There’s a decision to be made here, I’m just not sure what decision I’m going to make.”
He said he’s aware of at least three other Democrats, all who currently reside in the current 115th District, that have expressed an interest in running.