PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–Chester County Commissioner Ryan Costello announced exclusively Dom Giordano this morning on 1210 WPHT that he will seek the Republican nomination for the Congressional seat in Pennsylvania’s sixth district.

Republican Congressman Jim Gerlach, who was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2002, announced earlier this month that he will not seek re-election in the fall.

Costello told Giordano that to fix the insolvency crisis currently plaguing social security, Medicare, and Medicaid, Washington D.C. needs, “honest brokers when it comes to federal budgeting and right now that is not occurring.”

He added that he senses that the people he currently serves in Chester County want someone in Washington to oppose “bigger government, more regulation and more taxes.”

He promised to uphold the limited government ideals of fiscal conservatism and pledged to “embrace the values of Chester, Montgomery, Berks and Lebanon” if chosen to represent his district.

He went on to say that in general, “when looking big picture, in charting a path for this country, historically over generations to come, I believe the Republican Party is on the right sides of issues, particularly when you look at Paul Ryan and many of the meaningful reforms he’s trying to make.”

Costello called Gerlach’s service diligent, especially dealing with a district so large and diverse, and praised his efforts to “do the right thing at all times.”

Primary elections in Pennsylvania will be held on May 20.

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