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Diamond Unphased by Hold on Nominating Papers

PA State Rep. Russ Diamond (R-102)

Candidates looking to begin circulating nominating petitions this Tuesday will have to hold off, for the time being.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued an order yesterday suspending signature gathering for all congressional and legislative races including the election for U.S. Senate, governor and lieutenant governor, until it renders a decision in a case challenging the new congressional district maps. Oral arguments are set for next Friday, February 18th.

For Lebanon County State Representative Russ Diamond, the delay will not only impact the circulating of petitions for his reelection to the 102nd State House District, but also his bid for the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor.

But he tells the Lebanon Valley Daily News that he’s able to roll with it:

However, other more inexperienced candidates for statewide office may have a harder time dealing with the delay, especially if the resolution shortens the time frame in which they can gather signatures.

As for his reelection bid to the 102nd District, Diamond says that’s where things could get a bit more conoluted because challenges to those maps could result in a two-year delay in new district boundaries:

Diamond says the decision to suspend petition gathering does not push back the date of the primary election which remains May 17th.