Dent faces challenge for his seat in 15th Congressional District
Four individuals, including a write-in candidate, are seeking to represent the 15th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Democrat Rick Daugherty, Libertarian Paul Rizzo, and write-in candidate Dennis Atiyeh, who identifies himself as an Independent Christian, are challenging Rebublican incumbent Charles W. Dent in the Nov. 8 general election.
The 15th Congressional District includes all of Lehigh County. In NorthamptonCounty: City of Bethlehem (Northampton County Portion except parts of Ward 17); townships of Allen, Bushkill,East Allen, Hanover, Lehigh, Lower Nazareth, Lower Saucon, Moore, Plainfield, Belfast, Kesslersville and Plainfield Church districts, Upper Nazareth, West District, Williams; boroughs of Bath, Chapman, Hellertown, North Catasauqua, Northampton and Walnutport. In Berks County: Townships of Albany, Bethel, Greenwich, Hereford (District 1), Jefferson, Longswamp, Maxatawny, Perry, Tilden, Tulpehocken, Upper Bern, Upper Tulpehocken, Windsor; boroughs of Centerport, Hamburg, Kutztown, Lenhartsville, Lyons, Shoemakersville, Strausstown, Topton. Parts of Dauphin and Lebanon counties.
The Press asked the candidates the following question: Why are you the best candidate for this office?
Their responses follow.
I will end bad trade deals that send our jobs to Communist China and Mexico. I will get manufacturing jobs back. I will work with Republicans and Democrats and whoever is President to bring prosperity back for everyone.
I will serve one term and not take a pension. I will never be a Washington insider. Charlie Dent spent a million dollars in 2014 to get reelected and did not even have an opponent. I will never do anything so ridiculous.
I will only do what is best for America and working families and not listen to party leaders or lobbyists.
Charles W. Dent
I consistently work to find commonsense solutions to the problems facing the people of the 15th District of Pennsylvania. I will continue to focus on policies that will create jobs - good-paying, family-sustaining jobs. Additionally, I will continue to work on behalf of our veterans and military families in my role as the Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs where I was able to increase resources for veterans’ healthcare and increase oversight and transparency of the VA. As your representative, I remain committed to advancing policies that support our community, our Commonwealth and our country.
I am running as a third party candidate because I don’t want to be part of the broken system in D.C. I am self-funding my campaign because I believe we need to keep money out of politics to reassure the people that their elected officials are not compromised. As an independent, I would have the ability to cross party lines in whichever direction works best to serve the people of my district with common sense solutions.
I’m Christ-centered. As with early congressmen who ran for office, their main goal was to better our country for the good of God.