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Who should Democrats pick to replace Patrick Slattery on the ballot for the 134th House district race

Now that Democrat Patrick Slattery has dropped out of the 134th House race, who should run against Republican Ryan Mackenzie?

Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Slattery said last week that he's no longer vying for the 134th House seat that opponent Republican  in a special election in May.

Slattery posted on Facebook that he has withdrawn from the race due to personal and professional constraints.

Slattery and Mackenzie squared off in a special election to see who would fill the unexpired term of former Rep. Doug Reichley, who left state politics to become a Lehigh County judge.

The two men were set to compete again in November's general election for a two-year term for the same seat.

According to PoliticsPa:

  • Voter registration in the 134th House District is 44 to 41 percent Republican
  • Corbett won the district by 61 to 39 percent
  • Sen. Pat Toomey won 58 to 42 percent

Of Slattery, Mackenzie said, "I wish him well. He probably just didn't have the fight in him for a third time." (Slattery also had run for the seat in 2010 against Doug Reichley).

Mackenzie said it's possible he will face another contender if the Democratic Party names a candidate by early August to replace Slattery on the ballot

James L July 10, 2012 at 03:08 PM
It's a shame that all of the Democrats who voted in the primary won't be able to see their candidate in the ballot in the fall. That said, Mackenzie deserves a lot of credit for working hard on community outreach since taking office. He will win again in November no matter who the Democrats pick.
Interested Observer July 11, 2012 at 02:33 AM
The Dem party bosses shouldn't be allowed to pick anyone. The voters spoke this spring and chose Slattery. Now he wimped out and the party bosses want a do over. Who will their candidate answer to? Guess...
Nic July 27, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Ryan was just elected and by a very large margin. He's going to win again in November because he's been doing an excellent job serving our communities. He's from our area and represents us well. We should certainly re-elect him in November.

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