Republican Stephen Bloom announced Monday that he will continue his bid for Congress, seeking to represent citizens of the new 13th Congressional District.
Bloom had previously announced a bid for the 11th Congressional District seat currently held by Rep. Lou Barletta, but the new map issued by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court last week marked off new boundaries and placed Bloom, who lives in northern area of North Middleton Township, in the newly formed 13th district.
The 13th Congressional District of Pennsylvania includes all or parts of 10 counties: Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Somerset and Westmoreland.
“I’m running for Congress because I believe now more than ever Washington needs citizens who aren’t afraid of bold, decisive action and have a proven record of standing up to the status quo,” Bloom said. “I look forward to ensuring the voices and values of families in our communities across the 13th Congressional District are heard loud and clear in Washington.”
Those who have continued to campaign for the 13th district, which had largely been the 9th district held by U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, include all Republican candidates of Benjamin Hornberger of Shippensburg, Art Halvorson of Bedford County, state Sen. John Eichelberger of Blair County, Ret. Col. Doug Mastriano of Franklin County and Travis Schooley of Franklin County. Somerset County Republican Max Merrill had also previously announced a run for Shuster's seat.
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Bloom has represented the state's 199th district since 2011.
In a news release announcing his candidacy, Bloom touted his work "to hold the line against massive government tax and spending hikes," and lists the elimination of the "death tax" on family farms and mom and pop shops, and removal of bureaucratic barriers to "self-reliance for low-income families trapped in dependency."
He also notes his effort to maintain accountability and transparency with the citizens by holding frequent town hall meetings, fulfilling his personal pledges to post live on social media all his votes on bills and to permanently refuse the legislative pension.
“With a Republican president and workable Republican majorities in the House and Senate, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to move a strong conservative agenda forward for the American people,” Bloom said. “And I bring the skills, experience and dedication necessary to make sure this opportunity isn’t wasted.”
Steve and Sharon Bloom are members of New Covenant Fellowship Church. They live in the Cumberland County portion of the 13th District and have three grown children, a daughter-in-law, and three grandsons.