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Rick Daugherty Rick Daugherty
Charles W. Dent Charles W. Dent
Paul Rizzo Paul Rizzo
Dennis Atiyeh Dennis Atiyeh

Dent faces challenge for his seat in 15th Congressional District

Thursday, November 3, 2016 by Debra Palmieri in Local News

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.

Rick Daugherty

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.

Paul Rizzo

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.

Dennis Atiyeh

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.