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Simmons, Deely to Debate at DeSales Today

State Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st, and Democratic challenger Kevin Deely will face off in a debate at DeSales University today.

The Southern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce (SLCC) of The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber will host a debate for the 131st Legislative District race between Republican State Rep. Justin Simmons and Democratic candidate Kevin Deely at DeSales University in Center Valley. 

  • When:  Doors open 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, with opening remarks at 4:15 p.m.; reception 5-6 p.m. 
  • Where:  The University Center at DeSales University, 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley
  • Cost:  $15 per attendee, includes debate and reception

This is your opportunity to find out where these candidates stand on the issues that matter most to you.  The debate will be moderated by Tony Iannelli, President & CEO of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, and will be filmed to air on WFMZ Channel 69 Business Matters prior to the election.

The debate will be followed by a cocktail reception where attendees will have the opportunity to network with chamber members and talk one on one with their future state representative.

For more information on the event, SLCC, upcoming chamber activities or to register, contact Ellie Passman at EllieP@lehighvalleychamber.org or 610-739-1518.

Gramma24 October 09, 2012 at 10:39 PM
What is this 4:15 stuff? Don't they realize that average people work for a living? Deely will be pushing it himself to get there after school.....Simmons, feh, he does nothing in Harrisburg and probably even less in 'his' district. Let the public have access at a decent time and since when do you need a 'reception' for a debate. It should be open to the public for free, let them pack their own snacks.
careless fills October 10, 2012 at 01:18 AM
yeah, you'd think they'd wait til after the 4:20 meeting
Bob Thomas October 10, 2012 at 04:42 AM
I was at this debate and have never seen a beat down like Kevin Deely received. Deely had his teachers union script and when he had to veer from that script he looked like a deer in headlights. He had know knowledge about the Quarry in Lower Milford. Hello, you supposedly knew all about the Allentown School District but you have no knowledge about the Quarry? May explain why you sent one of your surrogates (a Retired teacher that teachers and students hated) to the Lower Milford fall festival.(Who was asked to leave by police because he wanted to campaign) You don't care about Lower Milford. You only care about Allentown. Mr. Deely the 131st district isn't just Allentown. Let me sum up Deely in the debate. More money for schools more money for schools more money for teachers. Wow the Democrats must have a weak bench if this is the best they have. Simmons should be careful with the beat down he gave Deely, he may lose his Humane Society endorsement!
optimist October 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM
Simmons loves Tom Corbett: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1012/82183.html?fb_action_ids=10151196003244630&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_ref=.UHTba7KLV9U.like&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%2210151196003244630%22%3A276404145810393%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210151196003244630%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%7B%2210151196003244630%22%3A%22.UHTba7KLV9U.like%22%7D
Jay Impink October 10, 2012 at 01:31 PM
In response to Mr. Thomas' comment. To set the record straight. I did not attend the Lower Milford Community Day to campaign. My wife and I attended to experience the event. It just so happened that we were wearing buttons that showed our support for Mr. Deely. In fact we were at the event for about 90 minutes, had visited most of the stands (purchased a few items) and were contemplating some food purchases prior to leaving, when we were approached regarding our "campaigning". Truth be told, there were two instances when Mr. Deely's name did come up in our conversations with vendors. In one, I was mistaken for Kevin Deely in the other a woman, from which we had just purchased a wood cutting board, stated that she received a phone call from the campaign and was going to vote for Mr. Deely. That was the extent of the interactions that we had that were campaign related. Back to the story, after we were stopped I refused to take off the button which I considered a violation of my civil rights we were confronted by the chief of police and a patrolman and escorted into the police station. I asked for and received a copy of the rules which we supposedly violated. None of these rules applied to the wearing of campaign buttons. At this point, realizing that discretion is the greater part of valor, we voluntarily left the grounds. As for Mr. Thomas' assertion regarding "hatred", I'm sure that is not a universal belief, but happens. I am proud of my service to SLSD 35yrs
Jim Evans October 11, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I thought this was a free country. No matter your opinions or beliefs, religion, color, race you may go or do anything within the law. I remember Mr Impink from slsd if he was not liked is not the issue. The issue is he was discriminated against for his political views. That is against his rights. He was there to enjoy his day with his wife in support of the school district that he worked at for 35 years. He wasn't carring his soapbox with him. It's a shame to hear about him being targeted because of wearing a button supporting the opposing candidate. I hope and pray that this is not an example of what this country is coming to.
Joe Costa October 24, 2012 at 02:16 AM
I thought Justin made Deely look like a joke. Deely really has no idea what he's talking about most of the time. To Bob, you're wrong. Mr. Impink was my 8th grade science teacher and he was great. As a former high school teacher, he gave my peers and I good advice to do well in high school. I've never enjoyed science classes that much, but I enjoyed Mr. Impink's class. I know many others that thought Mr. Impink was a good teacher.

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