When the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on February 26 released a new congressional district map, a significant change transpired affecting Wayne and Pike County.

HAWLEY - When the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on February 26 released a new congressional district map, a significant change transpired affecting Wayne and Pike County. This northeast corner of the state, as of the May 15, 2018 primary election, will fall in a newly carved District 8.

As a result, voters will be selecting a new congressman this year to represent this section of the Commonwealth. Congressman Tom Marino, whose district included Wayne and Pike, will no longer cover this area.

(Marino, who is based in Williamsport, serves District 10; he now falls within a newly carved District 11, where he is running for Congress.)

New slate

Instead, voters in Wayne and Pike will face a new slate of candidates in the May 1st Primary. Republicans have a choice of three candidates; there is one Democrat on the ballot, who is poised to face the Republican victor in the November General Election.

Candidates for U.S. Congress had until Tuesday, March 20 to file. Here are the candidates for the 2018 General Election, listed by the PA Department of State:

Matthew Alton Cartwright, Democrat, from Moosic Borough, Lackawanna County John Robert Chrin, Republican, from Palmer Township, Northampton County Robert Joseph Kuniegel, Republican, from Spring Brook Township, Lackawanna County Joseph C. Peters, Republican, from Scranton, Lackawanna County.

District 8 is much more compact and includes all of Wayne, Pike and Lackawanna counties, about half of Luzerne County and approximately two-thirds of Monroe County.

U.S. Supreme Court lets stand

There was an immediate backlash from Republican legislators who demanded that the U.S. Supreme Court overturn the state court’s order. On March 19, however, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the appeal.

House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) issued the following statement regarding the order from the U.S. Supreme Court:

 “We are in receipt of the U.S. Supreme Court’s one-line order denying our application for an emergency stay of the congressional map drawn by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. 

 “We continue to believe that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overstepped its authority in an unprecedented fashion when it legislated from the bench, by adding new requirements for drawing congressional districts which do not exist either in the Pennsylvania Constitution or the U.S. Constitution, and by drawing its own map.

 “Nonetheless, we respect the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court and are prepared to move on to other issues of importance to the people of Pennsylvania.”

 Information about and from each of the candidates will be welcomed for articles introducing them, in The News Eagle.