Thursday, October 25, 2012
Republican Ryan Mackenzie and Democrat John Reynard differ most on issues concerning small business.
The race for the state House of Representatives seat for the 134th district was not won or lost during a taping Thursday of Channel 39's Tempo InDepth with Amy Burkett, but it was interesting to watch the candidates interact. Incumbent Republican Rep. Ryan Mackenzie and Democrat John Reynard, the challenger, were generally cordial. And there were no radical differences in their opinions. But the occasional zinger -- shot, volleyed and sent back -- during the short question-and-answer period gave insights into the candidates' core differences. Burkett first asked about the topic on everyone's mind: jobs. Mackenzie laid out a multi-pronged approach he believes will curtail unemployment. Actions include lowering the state business tax, …
Friday, September 21, 2012
134th District House candidate John Reynard, Democrat, learned he was wrongly benefiting from a Homestead Tax Exemption on home he owns in Bethlehem through a press release from GOP opponent Rep. Ryan Mackenzie.
134th District State House candidate John Reynard admits he has been benefiting from a Homestead Property Tax Exemption for which he isn’t really eligible on a property he owns in Bethlehem. The situation came to light following an accusation from the campaign of state Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, the GOP candidate in the race. Reynard, a Democrat, says he'll pay any back taxes he owes. He said the exemption comes to "a couple of hundred bucks." Last week, Mackenzie leveled charges about Reynard's employment. According to state law, the Homestead Exemption can only be used on properties that an owner actually lives in. Reynard rightfully applied for the exemption when he and his family lived in the Bethlehem home. In 2009, the Reynards moved to …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
John Reynard, Democratic candidate for the 134th House seat, blasted GOP opponent Rep. Ryan Mackenzie before he detailed his platform at a CEPTA-sponsored forum.
Democrat John Reynard came out swinging at Tuesday night’s CEPTA-sponsored Candidates Night, although his Republican opponent in the race for the 134th District State House seat, Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, wasn’t even there. “What is the difference between me and Ryan?” he asked the approximately 20 people who came out in the rain for the program at Fire Co. #1 in Emmaus. “Ryan has done two things in his life -- gone to Harvard and worked in politics. He’s never owned a home, never paid property taxes, and as far as I know, he’s never had a girlfriend. “He’s never loved anything other than money and his own self-advancement,” Reyard said. From there, Reynard, a self-described businessman, went on to discuss his own business background and how he…
Friday, August 17, 2012
The Lehigh County Democratic Committee announced John Reynard’s candidacy in the race in the 134th state House district race a mere two weeks ago and he’s already making his view of things known.
Emmaus resident John Reynard may be arriving late to the party, but he’s certainly done a lot to let people know he’s walked through the door. Reynard, a personal investment consultant, was named a mere two weeks ago by the Lehigh County Democratic Committee as the committee’s pick to replace Patrick Slattery on the November ballot in the 134th state House district race. Reynard will face Rep. Ryan Mackenzie in the fall election. Reynard has almost 20 years of private sector experience working in both for-profit and not-for-profit education and providing investment and estate advice to local Pennsylvanians. He says that he has worked throughout his career to increase economic literacy in the Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania as a whole. …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Emmaus Borough Councilman Wesley Barrett says that he is flattered to be talked about as a potential Democratic contender in the 134th District, but calls those conversations "nothing more than rumor."
An Emmaus Borough Councilman says the rumors that he has been approached by the Democratic Party to run for the 134th Congressional seat in the November general election are just that – rumors. Wesley Barrett, who in addition to sitting on Emmaus Borough Council runs several Emmaus-based businesses under the company name Wesley Works, Inc., says he is appreciative that he is being talked about as the potential Democratic contender in the 134th race against Rep. Ryan Mackenzie in the fall. "I'm flattered that my name continually comes up in discussion about who will fill this seat,” Barrett wrote in an email statement to Emmaus Patch, “but it is nothing more than rumor. I have two babies at home, multiple rapidly growing businesses, and …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Newly elected state Rep. Ryan Mackenzie says his office is open to help local residents
Thursday, May 17, 2012
State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie wants to inform residents of the 134th House District of services that his office provides. Mackenzie won a special election last month to fill the unexpired term of former state Rep. Doug Reichley. His staff is available to help with: Mackenzie has a full-time office at 1245 Chestnut St., Unit 5, in Emmaus (Phone: 610-965-9933). This is former Rep. Doug Reichley’s previous office location. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents can download state forms or contact him via his website, RepMackenzie.com. Also, Mackenzie interacts with his constituents on Facebook and Twitter.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Ryan Mackenzie, of South Whitehall, was sworn into office in Harrisburg Tuesday by Lehigh County Judge Doug Reichley, whose state House seat he is filling.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Ryan Mackenzie, of South Whitehall, took the oath of office for the 134th state House seat on Tuesday, once again providing residents of the district with representation in Harrisburg after a months-long gap. Mackenzie, along with five other new House members, took the oath from Lehigh County Judge Doug Reichley, whose unexpired term he is filling. In a video of the swearing-in, Mackenzie stands on the House floor with the other new members, his right hand on the Bible as he takes his oath. Mackenzie, 29, a Republican, won the April 24th special election for the seat, which was made vacant when Reichley became judge. Mackenzie will again square off against Democrat Patrick Slattery, 41, of Lower Macungie, in the November general election …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.
In a Special Election today for the 134th District, which includes Salisbury Township, voters will choose the person who will serve out the remaining eight months of former state Rep. Doug Reichley's seat in the state House of Representatives. Republican Ryan Mackenzie and Democrat Patrick Slattery are vying for the seat, which became vacant when Reichley was elected as a Lehigh County judge. All voters, including those not registered in a party, may cast ballots for either candidate in the Special Election. Today is also the Primary. In addition to choosing who will serve out Reichley's seat, voters also will choose their party's nominees for the 134th state House race. The primary winners will square off in the November general election …
Monday, April 23, 2012
Planned Parenthood Votes is spending $100,000 on TV commercials to try to defeat Ryan Mackenzie in the 134th House race.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Local cable stations and WFMZ are airing $100,000 worth of TV commercials bought by Planned Parenthood Votes to try to defeat Republican Ryan Mackenzie in the hotly contested 134th House race. Planned Parenthood Votes is a Pennsylvania state-registered political committee. The national Planned Parenthood Action Fund administers Planned Parenthood Votes. Mackenzie is calling the ads a "$100,000 lie" being told in an attempt to try to "scare voters and buy the election," according to a media advisory he sent. The TV spots attempt to tie Mackenzie to a controversial proposal to require women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound. Mackenzie opposes the ultrasound bill, which has no chance of being passed into law after being pulled from …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Emmaus political activists accuse Democrat Patrick Slattery and others of defamation of character
Two Emmaus political activists are suing Democratic House candidate Patrick Slattery and 13 others for defamation of character as a result of activities in the fall 2011 general election season. The lawsuit of former Emmaus Borough councilman Otto Slozer and former borough council candidate John Donches was filed in Lehigh County Court on Monday. The suit comes one week before a special election to determine who will serve the remaining term of Rep. Doug Reichley, who resigned his seat representing the 134th House District to become a county judge. Slattery and GOP candidate Ryan Mackenzie are running in the special election to be held Tuesday, April 24. In addition to Slattery, the lawsuit names Citizens for Strong Communities Treasurer …