Lycoming County detectives say Christopher Bain and his wife Misty faked 61 signatures on petitions he filed seeking a spot in April's 83rd district Republican primary.
Bain's name was removed from the ballot for insufficient valid signatures in March. A write-in campaign was unsuccessful.
The Williamsport couple faces charges including tampering with public records, forgery and obstruction. They were arraigned Monday and released on bail.
Defense attorney Michael Rudinski tells The Patriot-News of Harrisburg a plea deal is under discussion.
Bain was featured in a U.S. News & World Report story on Walter Reed Army Medical Center.