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Don Sherwood Running for Another Kind of Seat

Sherwood wants to be a delegate this time around. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Sherwood wants to be a delegate this time around. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Don Sherwood is running for another political post, this time in the race for a coveted delegate spot.  

Of the 15 Republicans running for three of Pennsylvania’s 11th District delegate seats, the former Republican Pennsylvania congressman has entered the competition.  

“I have never run before because it so often is a purely ceremonial deal, but with the state of the primary this year, with as many candidates still in it, there’s a possibility Pennsylvania could have an impact this year. Basically, that’s why I am running,” Sherwood said to the Citizens Voice .  

Sherwood served in Congress from 1999 to 2007 and was defeated in his re-election campaign amid an extramarital scandal. In 2004, Cynthia Ore called 911 on Sherwood, saying he abused her by choking her. The congressman said he was giving Ore a backrub and no charges were filed. In 2005, he admitted to his extramarital affair, which he said lasted for five years while he was married to Carol Evans.  

Ore eventually filed a lawsuit, which was settled in 2005. But, it was revealed that Ore only received half the money they agreed on as incentive to keep quiet until the end of the 2006 election.  

Sherwood later lost to Democrat Chris Carney, who has now been succeeded by Republican Thomas Marino.  

On April 26, Pennsylvanians will vote for a presidential nominee as well as delegates. In Pennsylvania, there are 18 congressional districts, each with three delegates. Overall, Pennsylvania has 71 delegates, out of the 2,472 delegates that will be present at the July 18 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.  

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