Including both the primary and general elections of 2012, U.S. Rep. Scott Perry competed against nine candidates to win the vacant seat in the 4th Congressional District.

He had to beat six other Republicans in the primary, then defeated a Democrat, a Libertarian and an Independent in the general election.

After one term as the incumbent, the Carroll Township conservative will appear alone on the Republican ballot for the May 20 primary.

Barring a successful write-in campaign or the emergence of a third-party candidate, he'll face a single challenger in the Nov. 4 general election, Democratic former Harrisburg mayor Linda Thompson.


Tuesday was the last day to circulate and file nomination petitions to appear on the ballot, and candidates statewide delivered their packets to the Department of State in Harrisburg.

Thompson and Perry were the only two candidates to file the 1,000 signatures needed to run for Congress.

Perry said Tuesday he feels he has done a good job of representing the constituent views in the district, voting to reduce discretionary spending and working to balance the budget and strengthen job creation and job training.

He has pushed for "common sense health care reforms" for a district that mostly opposes the Affordable Health Care Act, he said, and passed two bills out of the House of Representatives with bipartisan approval.

"I will let the voters decide if I did a good job," he said.

Thompson has said her track record in Harrisburg speaks for itself, but she declined to outline policy priorities until after Tuesday's petition deadline was met. She did not return phone calls for comment Tuesday.

Perry, 51, took his seat in the 4th Congressional District in January 2013. He said he would, if re-elected, continue to focus on reducing the national debt and deficit, reform health care and reduce regulation.

The 4th District includes York, Cumberland, Dauphin and Adams counties.

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