Brady challenger Pia Varma wants back in


The race for U.S. Rep. Bob Brady’s seat is back on - on paper, anyway. Brady’s sole challenger, Republican and political unknown Pia Varma, on Tuesday appealed a Commonwealth Court decision from last week that removed her from the ballot in the First Congressional District because she failed to submit at least 1,000 valid signatures of registered voters on nominating petitions for her campaign. Varma’s lawyer is Samuel Stretton. The appeal, to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, questions whether Varma was properly served with notice of the court date on the petition challenge and whether laws requiring that circulators of petitions live in the election district are constitutional.