Monday, November 12, 2012
With almost all the votes counted, the race for the 131st district in Lehigh County is only one vote apart, and over 400 apart in Northampton County.
For the rest of the Lehigh Valley, election season is over. In the 131st district, the race for the house seat rages on. The race, between incumbent Justin Simmons (R) and Kevin Deely (D) was too statistically close for election officials certify election night. Currently Simmons is ahead of Kevin Deely by only one vote in Lehigh County and 430 in Northampton County. In Lehigh County outstanding ballots include 60 provisional ballots, six emergency responders, and four ballots where voters didn't provide proper identification and still could. In Northampton County, outstanding ballots include 16 military ballots and 17 first responders. The poll workers and election officials in Lehigh and Northampton counties have worked extremely hard to…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Incumbent state Rep. Justin Simmons defeats teacher Kevin Deely, a Democrat, by a few hundred votes Tuesday to keep the 131st House seat under GOP control. Deely could choose to challenge results.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The 131st House seat will remain under GOP control thanks to state Rep. Justin Simmons' win over Democrat Kevin Deely Tuesday, according to unofficial results. Simmons received 14,226 votes compared to 13,664 for Deely with only 562 votes separating the two. Vote tallies are unofficial until certified by county election officials. At a watch party at Oliver Shakewell's in Allentown, Simmons thanked all his constituents for voting. "I am extremely humbled to be re-elected as representative for the 131st district," he said. "I will continue to do my best for all 65,000 constituents in my district regardless of whether or not they voted for me. I will always listen to them." Simmons' win helps Republicans maintain control of the state House, …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
In a list compiled by Politics PA, the Simmons/Deely race is named as one of the top races in this year's election cycle.
The race for the 131st state House seat is a "race to watch" according to political website Politics PA, which ranked the top 10 state representative races by likeliness to switch party control. The race for state Rep. Justin Simmons' 131st seat was eighth out of the 10 races. In a recent phone interview, state Rep. Simmons (R-131) seemed unphased by the list: "It's just the Harrisburg chattering heads talking," said Rep. Simmons. "What I care about is here, I care about helping people and we will win with the voters in the end. It's a completely different thing to be on the ground talking to the voters than it is to be in Harrisburg." Challenger Kevin Deely felt the list was confirmation that the race for the 131st district seat is far …