DePasquale rules out congressional challenge to Perry

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In this file photo, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale outlines the findings of an audit of the York City School District, Thursday, April 20, 2017. John A. Pavoncello photo

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has decided not to challenge U.S. Rep. Scott Perry in the newly drawn 10th Congressional District.

The York City Democrat and former state representative had tweeted last week that he must weigh his potential impact in Washington, D.C., with his day-to-day effectiveness in the state.

He added that he would decide before the Tuesday, Feb. 27, deadline to begin filing nominating petitions.

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DePasquale posted on his Facebook page Monday, Feb. 26, that while he believes "Congress is broken and change in DC is necessary, there is more work to do as your Auditor General."

He added that he appreciated the support from people all over asking him to consider a congressional campaign.

DePasquale told The York Dispatch on Monday that the decision came to a choice: "If you put both positions (auditor general and congressman) in front of me ... and made me choose, I'd pick auditor general."

He confirmed he was committed to serving the final three years of his term and doesn't know what the future holds for him beyond that, jokingly adding that professional baseball seems out of the picture.

Candidates can start filing petitions Tuesday to run in the May 15 primary, but the boundaries of Pennsylvania’s congressional districts are in doubt after the state Supreme Court threw out a 6-year-old map as unconstitutionally gerrymandered to help Republicans.

The court replaced it with a new map, and DePasquale would have been running in the newly created 10th District, which will include three-term incumbent Perry, a Dillsburg Republican.

Perry’s York-based district was solidly Republican under boundaries drawn in 2011 by Republicans who controlled the Legislature and the governor’s office.

The court-ordered boundaries created a more competitive district around Perry’s home by adding heavily Democratic areas around the city of Harrisburg.

Democrats who have already declared their candidacy in the district include George Scott, of Dillsburg; Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson, of York City; Alan Howe, of Carlisle; and Gene Stilp, of Harrisburg.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.