Republican Jim Bognet announces run for Congress, seeking Matt Cartwright's seat

Another man thinks he’s got what it takes to represent you in Washington.

Republican Jim Bognet announced his run for Congress Thursday.

He’s looking to take Democrat Matt Cartright’s seat in the 8th congressional district, which covers five counties- including Lackawanna and parts of Luzerne.

We found him walking through Wilkes-Barre, meeting with potential voters.

“I think they need a fighter, someone who’s going to go to Washington and fight for the needs for this district, serve the people of this district,” Bognet said.

Fighting for needs like better jobs and fixing the opioid crisis.

“If you’re a drug trafficker and drug kingpin and you’re sending poison in our communities, you deserve the death penalty,” Bognet said.

But Bognet isn’t in a one-on-one boxing match with Congressman Matt Cartright.

He’s facing five other republican candidates. Just this month- former Hazleton mayor Mike Mariscano and 24-year-old Mike Cammissa announced they’re running.

Throw them in with wounded combat veterans Earl Granville and Teddy Daniels- plus Luzerne County councilman Harry Haas- and it is a packed field.

Voters agree the drug crisis has gone too far.

“People will just randomly come up to me and ask if I know where they can get this, this or that and I tell them no,” James McCarthy said. “Obviously it’s real problem here.”

“We’re going to earn people’s votes, no one is going to give you their vote,” Bognet said. “You have to meet them, you have to earn their vote.”

The republican primary is April 28th. The winner will face Cartwright in November.