Thomas Tarantella

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Thomas Tarantella
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 5
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1980-2002
Place of birthWilliamsport, Pennsylvania
Campaign website
Thomas Tarantella was a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 5th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.[1] He lost the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014[2]


Born in Williamsport Hospital, Tarantella grew up in Renovo, Pennsylvania, in Clinton County.[3]


In 1980, Tarantella joined the United States Army. He worked as a member of the Rapid Deployment Force, a paratrooper and a lite fighter. He was deployed internationally multiple times and earned seven campaign ribbons, a Bronze Star, five Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals and 13 Army Achievement Medals. After serving for 22 years, he was honorably discharged in 2002.[4]


Campaign themes


Tarantella listed the following issues on his campaign website:[3]

  • Privacy: "The right to privacy is a basic human right. The Constitution does not specifically mention a right to privacy. However, Supreme Court decisions over the years have established that the right to privacy is a basic human right, and as such is protected by virtue of the 9th Amendment. The people of the United States should feel security in their homes and safety in their streets through better police force training."
  • Separation of Church and State: "Although the phrase “separation of church and state” does not appear anywhere in the Constitution, the phrase is commonly thought to mean that the government should not establish, support, or otherwise involve itself in any religion."
  • Military: "[O]ur soldiers need better taken care of when at war and when home, they need medical care and should not have to try and survive on food stamps after fighting for our country."
Note: The above excerpts are from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.



See also: Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Tarantella ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Pennsylvania's 5th District.[1] Tarantella lost the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014 to Kerith Strano Taylor.[2]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 5 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKerith Strano Taylor 54.5% 18,018
Thomas Edward Tarantella 45.5% 15,032
Total Votes 33,050
Source: Results via Associated Press

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Tarantella's reports.[5]

Thomas Tarantella (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[6]April 23, 2014$0.00$1,273.97$(1,090.53)$183.44
Running totals


Tarantella has been married to his wife, Ann, for 31 years. They have three children and five grandchildren.[3]

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