HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, ADAMS COUNTY—Republicans were showing their competitive side at an Adams county forum on Saturday, all going head-to-head in the battle for U.S Representative Todd Platt's position in Congress.
"Folks I am running for congress for a few very simple reasons. We have a 15 trillion dollar deficit and 8 percent unemployment," said candidate Chris Reilly.
Candidates asked to give a 3 minute speech on the focus of their campaigns were Kevin Down, Eric Martin, Scott Perry, Chris Reilly, Sean Summers, Mark Swomley and Ted Waga.
The two democrats in the fight for the seat are Ken Lee and Harry Perkinson.
"I don't think it's a matter of party, I think it's a matter of who comes in to this campaign focused on the issues that will really lead us to the future," said Democratic candidate Harry Perkinson.
The host, The York County chapter of ACTION of Pennsylvania, supporters of pro-life came to hear what Republicans each had to say about the controversial topic of abortion as well as debt and unemployment.
"I am strongly pro-life," said Mark Swomley.
"The right to life, it staggers me to the core," said Rep. Scott Perry.
In a straw poll, voters at the forum thought State Rep. Scott Perry would win the seat.
"Everyone else can say they are going to do something, but in this case, they can look at me and say this is what he has done," said Rep. Scott Perry.
The primaries are on April 24th.