Deely Concedes in 131st State House Race

Justin Simmons wins re-election to the 131st District following a contentious race.


Democrat Kevin Deely has decided not to seek a recount in the 131st state House race and has conceded the race to incumbent Republican Justin Simmons, according to a post Monday afternoon on his Facebook page.

Deely said he would return the money raised for the recount effort.

"It's been an amazing journey!" Deely wrote. "After careful consideration, I've decided to forego a recount and return the contributions raised for that effort. The cost and time associated with it, as well as the increased vote margin, makes a recount unlikely to change the outcome. I have just called Representative Simmons to congratulate him and wish him well."

Lehigh County's vote count showed Simmons edged out Kevin Deely by 16 votes in Lehigh County, and the Simmons camp had said the Northampton County vote count put Simmons ahead by another 432 votes.

Deely said in his post that he was proud of his effort.

"We knocked on nearly 30,000 doors and spoke with thousands of voters. We faced an incumbent who spent twice what we did, in a district which hasn't elected a Democrat in twenty years - and we came within literally a handful votes in Lehigh County. Truly amazing!"

Tanya Bryant November 19, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Bye Bye! Hope you send a note of thanks to Obama because with out him turning out straight democrat voters in Allentown this wouldn't have been close.
John Fox November 19, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Aww thank god, I don't have to look at this guy with his stupid smirk anymore. Easton, you can have him back now! I also would like to know how Mr. Deely knocked on 30,000 doors when there are about 60k people in the district all together, considering that most people live with at least one other person, and families are usually 4 people. He must mean 30k contacts, but even that seems unlikely, he would have had to contact every registered voter in the district for that to have happened, maybe he is including mailers as contacts. But I am sure the English teacher picked his words carefully. Glad to see that the district with more registered Democrats then Republicans continues to have the sanity to keep a good man as their representative instead of a hack bought by the Teacher Union. Well Kevin, light one up for what could have been!
Bob Thomas November 19, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Still doesn't know the district to the end. "Only lost in Lehigh County by a handful of votes." Yup but you also represent Northampton county were you lost by 20%. And the Quarry issue that you said was no big deal? Simmons won 70% of the Lower Milford vote. Guess it wasn't a big deal. Now pack your carpet bag and move on.
Crestor Januvia November 19, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Get lost teacher union hack. Time to slash teacher pensions. The taxpayers have no interest in funding this.
Paula November 19, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Finally! :)
John Reynard November 19, 2012 at 10:05 PM
I'm glad Kevin conceeded because it was extraordinarily unlikely he would have prevailed in a recount at this point. As for the door knocks he's probably counting every knock (even repeat knocks when someone wasn't home the 1st time) and had paid canvassers and volunteers doing it along with his own knocking efforts. I was told I had one of the highest knock-to-talk ratios in the state by a few insiders who data mine that stuff so its quite believable to me that you could knock a door 3-4 times before getting someone. I will also pass along my well wishes to Mr. Simmons. I hope you do a great job making PA a better place for all of us over the next two years. At least he's not wasting our time anymore, eh Paula?
Paula November 19, 2012 at 10:41 PM
(In my opinion), I believe Mr.Deely probably is a good man ...just not the best man for this specific position.
Lucky November 19, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Why so negative? It is the democratic process at work! The people have made the choice. Being a teacher is comendable for our future students depend on open minded and well trained teachers to help them become doctors, businessmen/women and multiple other productive members of society.
Diane Allen November 20, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Wow Lucky, you are not kidding negative! So much bitterness in the tones of the letters I just read. Whether we all like it or not, bridges have to be built and crossed in order for EVERYONE to succeed. Compromise is necessary on both sides. I don't want another 4 years like the last, and this pertains to BOTH sides of the aisle.
Tanya Bryant November 20, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Deely paid people to knock on doors? Didn't see that on his campaign finance reports. Wonder what else he is hiding?
Tanya Bryant November 20, 2012 at 12:50 AM
And Kevin in case you missed it Patch had an article on the quarry today. Ps. Lower Milford is in the district. http://uppersaucon.patch.com/articles/quarry-fight-has-cost-lower-milford-1-million
John Reynard November 20, 2012 at 12:50 AM
I have no inside information on what he spent his money on Tanya. I just know if I'd had that much money at my campaign's disposal I would have had some paid canvassers help me out.
John Reynard November 20, 2012 at 02:09 PM
On another note Deely conceeded or not, Justin Simmons shouldn't take any great mandate from this. Deely nearly won this race (losing Lehigh Cty by only 1 vote) even though no D had won this seat in a long, long time. Mr. Simmons should watch out next time if Mr. Deely runs against him.
Joe Sommers November 20, 2012 at 03:50 PM
John Reynard...If Deely runs again he will get pummeled. Deely rode the Obama machine in Allentown. Those voters WILL NOT come out in 2 years ...Never do. They voted for Obama .Most don't know who Deely or Simmons are ! Simmons beat Deely 60 % in all the Suburban precincts. I Dont think your Dem leadership is stupid enough to think that Deely can win in a non Obama election. Maybe you should move here like Deely did and try to unseat Simmons??? My moneys on Rep Simmons.
John Reynard November 20, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I have no intentions of moving out of Emmaus. If by some chance Emmaus moves into the same district as Justin Simmons then perhaps I'd run against him.
Interested Observer November 21, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Mr. Reynard -- After admitting you illegally took a property tax Homestead Exemption for nearly three years, do you think the people of the 131st would receive you any better than the people of the 134th did? http://lowermacungie.patch.com/articles/134th-candidate-john-reynard-admits-illegal-tax-exemption You lost any campaign when you failed to follow the law and took property tax breaks you didn't deserve. Sorry, but that will haunt you forever -- and your excuse "I forgot" doesn't play well for a guy who claims to be a financial expert/consultant.
John Reynard November 21, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Which campaign do you work for interested? Or do you work for HRCC? Or even worse you're too embarassed by your own speech to put your name to it? Thats old news and its hardly a huge deal when the fine is less than some parking or speeding tickets add up to. If I choose to run against Mr. Mackenzie or Mr. Simmons again I fully expect you and your ilk to drag dirt out against me. Go ahead. It didn't seem to affect the voters much since I outperformed every D who ever ran in PA-134 in its current form (2000-2012) by thousands of votes despite getting little to no help from the Democratic Party and only having roughly 2.5 months to run. The voters don't care about honest life mistakes that happen when you're living a normal busy life like they themselves have. And I determined in the time since this accusation that I did in fact let Northampton County know I moved through mail forwarding, perhaps they should have fixed the exemption based on that. Giving people advice about their finances does not make someone omnipotent on every local law and nuance, particularly recently written ones. My expertise is in the area of reducing investment related fees and making sure people are invested in a way which matches their risk tolerance and needs. To most of my clients saving $85 a year is nice but not a dealbreaker one way or the other. The value I provide them far exceeds the value of the homestead exemption or they wouldn't be working with me in the 1st place.
Interested Observer November 21, 2012 at 09:10 PM
dear mr reynard, no campaigns, just watch things. as for mail forwarding that's the USPS not county government. of course now u are blaming the county because they should have figured it out? sorry but those weren't the rules. plus, if u r the kind of candidate who wants the govt to do more while citizens do less - including follow the rules on a form they signed - then u r just another big govt lib we can't afford. as to the size of the fine, that means nothing: u signed a form to get a benefit, it had the rules, u broke them and took something u didn't deserve. if u get caught running a stop sign when no one else is around, it's still illegal. or do u think rules don't apply? or just to u?
John Reynard November 22, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Since I expect you've never run a business before since you just watch things I'll assume you don't know then that the USPS informs the mail senders that the address changed. I am sorry I didn't remember the exact process for informing Northampton Cty for my homestead exemption. They did actually manage to forward other correspondence to me so they obviously knew I moved. I am fine with the rules applying here. As I said I had to pay a fine just like if I ran a stop sign. Would it be a big deal if I'd run a stop sign and paid the fine? You're just trying to make hay out of old news. If I choose to run again we can let the voters decide if they care about what will then be old news. Considering all I see is you commenting on politics I will assume you have an axe to grind so I know one way or the other your vote is not winnable. Have a good couple of years and take solace in knowing at least for the next two you got what you wanted.


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