Former Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Won’t Run for Murtha’s Seat

February 25, 2010 - 6:00 PM
Former Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Mark Singel says he's withdrawing as a candidate for the Congressional seat vacated by the death of John Murtha.
Johnstown, Pa. (AP) - Former Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Mark Singel says he's withdrawing as a candidate for the Congressional seat vacated by the death of John Murtha.
 
Singel, a Democrat, says the field of Democrats for the seat is too large and that the 12th District needs to focus on a candidate who can move the district forward.
 
Singel's withdrawal Thursday follows Murtha's widow's endorsement of the late congressman's longtime aide Mark Critz.
 
Other Democrats running include former Pennsylvania treasurer Barbara Hafer and Cambria County Controller Ed Cernic Jr.
 
Prospective Republican candidates include William Russell, who unsuccessfully challenged Murtha in 2008, and Eighty Four businessman Tim Burns.