Meet the candidates for Pa.'s new 9th District: Republicans

Dan Meuser, George Halcovage and Scott Uehlinger

READING, Pa. - Just days before Pennsylvania's primary election, candidates are working to get the word out.

In the state's newly redrawn 9th congressional district, one of the three Republican candidates is Dan Meuser, a healthcare executive with Pride Mobility Products, a Wilkes-Barre company that manufactures power wheelchairs and rehab equipment. He was the state's secretary of revenue under Gov. Tom Corbett.

"I'm about lower taxes. I'm about minimizing regulations. I am absolutely for immigration reform and defunding sanctuary cities and building a wall, so as illegal immigration is not something very often as ruinous to economies and to the spending that takes place in our country," said Meuser.

He said he wants to advance President Trump's America-first agenda.

"We need someone who's not going to be afraid of telling people the truth," said Meuser. "We need someone who's clearly a conservative, and we need someone who's got the experience and the fortitude to get things done."

The next candidate, George Halcovage, is a Schuylkill County commissioner and a Pottsville native. He's focused on reforming taxes, immigration, and healthcare.

"[Congress] needs to get a replacement for Obamacare," said Halcovage. "They talked about it for seven and a half years, but when it came time to do it, they didn't expect President Trump to get in, When he got in and said let's solve Obamacare, guess what. They did not have a plan.

"I know this district as well as anyone, and I'm just asking my neighbors to vote for me because I'm one of you," said Halcovage.

The third GOP candidate is Scott Uehlinger, of the Kutztown area. He supports President Trump, and said he wants to see Congress build a wall and deregulate the economy, and he is focused on what he and the president call "draining the swamp."

"The Congress has accomplished very little in the past year," said Uehlinger. "I believe that Washington is out of control and not sufficiently supportive of the Make America Great Again agenda of the president."

Uehlinger is a retired Navy and CIA officer and said he's a man of action.

"I am the only veteran in the race, I'm the only Berks County resident, at least on the Republican side, non-politician and Trump delegate. I'm determined to make a difference," said Uehlinger.

Voters will head to the polls on May 15.

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