U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach was in Northeast Pennsylvania Thursday touting his candidacy for governor and picking up a key endorsement along the way.
Gerlach, 54, is the only Republican to declare for the 2010 bid for governor, though state Attorney General Tom Corbett is thought to be considering a run, too. Now in his fourth term as a House member representing portions of Chester, Berks, Lehigh and Montgomery counties, Gerlach also spent a dozen years in the state Legislature as both a member of the Senate and the House.
A native of ElwoodCity, in LawrenceCounty, north of Pittsburgh, he said his experience on both the state and federal levels is an advantage. His knowledge of issues and people on both sides of the state was one of the reasons cited by former Lieutenant Gov. Bill Scranton when he endorsed Gerlach Thursday.
“Jim Gerlach is the only candidate with the right experience and bold vision to lead Pennsylvania,” Scranton said in a release issued by Gerlach’s campaign. “With his western Pennsylvania roots and more than 18 years of exemplary public service in southeastern Pennsylvania, Jim has a unique perspective on how to help every corner of our Commonwealth thrive.”