Sunday, August 24, 2014
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Bucks Democrats plan for an open primary race

BUCKS COUNTY

Democrats planning an open primary race

DOYLESTOWN Hoping that an open primary will attract attention for its two candidates, the Bucks County Democratic Committee recently decided not to issue an endorsement for the Eighth Congressional District race before May's primary election, according to party chairman John Cordisco.

The Democratic contest is currently between Kevin Strouse, 34, an Army veteran and former CIA employee, and Shaughnessy Naughton, 35, who runs her family's printing business and touts her former work in chemistry.

The winner will face Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, 50, a Republican and former Bucks County commissioner, in the general election.

Strouse, who has the backing of the national Democratic Cong,ressional Campaign Committee, currently has a fund-raising advantage. According to campaign finance reports, he had about $470,000 on hand at the end of 2013, to Naughton's $177,000.

Both Strouse and Naughton said in statements that they respected the decision for an open primary.

PoliticsPA first reported the news Monday morning.

- Chris Palmer

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