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Mid-term Election is next Tuesday

There are 79 candidates running for Pennsylvania House and Senate seats representing areas of 21 counties in Northeastern and Central PA.

The counties include: Bradford, Carbon, Clinton, Columbia, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Pike, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne and Wyoming.

For the state House, 65 candidates are running for 37 seats. Of those candidates, 25 are incumbents. Twelve candidates are running unopposed for House seats. Jamie Flick, a Republican, running for District 83, which covers parts of Lycoming and Union counties; and Michael Cabell, a Republican, running for District 117, which covers parts of Luzerne County, are the only two candidates running unopposed who are not incumbents.

In the state Senate, 14 candidates are running for six seats. Of those candidate, three are incumbents. They are Lisa Boscola, a Democrat, from District 18, which covers parts of Northampton County; Lisa Baker, a Republican, from District 20, which covers parts of Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties; and Marty Flynn, a Democrat, from District 22, which covers parts of Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties.

The majority of the candidates are either Republican or Democrats. However, two Libertarian candidates are running for the state House. They are Thomas Anderson, who is running for the House seat in District 109 which covers parts of Columbia County; and Matthew Shutter, who is running for the House seat in District 132 which covers parts of Lehigh County.

Joel Getz did not make the ballot. He is the lone Libertarian running for state Senate in District 40 which covers parts of Lackawanna and Monroe counties.

Candidates for Pennsylvania Governor, including Democrat Josh Shapiro and Republican Doug Mastriano, as well as candidates for United States Senator representing PA, including Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Mehmet Oz, will also be on the Tuesday, Nov. 8, ballot.

Also on the ballot are candidates for United States House of Representatives seats. They include: incumbent and Democrat Susan Wild and Republican Lisa Scheller who are running for the 7th congressional district seat, which covers parts of Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Monroe counties.

Incumbent and Democrat Matt Cartwright and Republican Jim Bognet are running to represent the 8th congressional district, which includes all of Wayne, Pike and Lackawanna counties and parts of Luzerne and Monroe counties.

Democrat Amanda Waldman and incumbent and Republican Dan Meuser are running to represent the 9th congressional district, which includes all of Bradford, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Sullivan, Columbia, Lebanon, Montour, Northumberland and Schuylkill counties and parts of Luzerne, Lycoming and Berks counties.

The mid-term election is next Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls will be open across the state from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Kat Bolus is the community reporter for the newly-formed WVIA News Team. She is a former reporter and columnist at The Times-Tribune, a Scrantonian and cat mom.

You can email Kat at katbolus@wvia.org