CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A little over a month since Congressman Bill Shuster announced his retirement from office, candidates continue to throw their hat in the ring.
On Monday, Doug Mastriano became one of eight people vying for the seat that oversees the 9th District.
He made his announcement on News Talk 103.7 where he contributes to weekly segments.
Mastriano, a retired U.S. Army Colonel, said he plans to take the grassroots approach during his campaign and appeal to the common-Pennsylvanian.
He believes his 30-plus years of military experience set him apart.
"The bottom-line is, it's fighting for freedom. I fought for you in Iraq, I fought for you in Afghanistan and i'm going to fight for you in Washington D.C. and that's not just a cute phrase, that's what I mean," said Mastriano.
Currently, there are five other republicans who have filed for candidacy and two democrats. Those numbers could change in the coming weeks because the last day to file for the election is March 20th.
Shuster has held the position since winning a special election in 2001.