Lower Merion commish considering 6th District GOP run
The Republican primary in the 6th Congressional District could soon go from crowded to absolutely jam-packed.
Lower Merion Township Commissioner V. Scott Zelov confirmed Friday evening that he is thinking about getting into the race. In a brief interview with pa2010.com, he declined to discuss his political calculus in any detail, but said he hopes to make a final decision “in the next week or so.”
“I’ve been asked my so many friends and supporters about my interest in seeking higher office, and I am seriously considering it,” Zelov said.
If he ultimately decides to run, Zelov would be the sixth Republican seeking the nomination to replace incumbent Congressman Jim Gerlach, who is running for governor. Like former Thornburgh administration Revenue Secretary Howard Cohen, Zelov might benefit from a Montgomery County base that, while less helpful in a GOP primary, could prove useful in drawing cross-party votes next November.
First elected to the township’s Board of Commissioners in 2005, Zelov was reelected to a second 4-year term last month.
If he runs, he would face Cohen, businessman Steven Welch, state Representative Curt Schroder (R-Chester), Chester County Recorder of Deeds Ryan Costello and for party committeeman Patrick Sellers.
“It is a crowded primary,” Zelov said.
December 5, 2009 at 3:20 pm