Sunday, May 19, 2013
State Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Northampton) announced in a press release that he is sponsoring a bill to 'remove the ability of school board candidates to cross-file nomination petitions.'
Sunday, May 19
State Rep. Justin Simmons (R-131) announced Wednesday that he is sponsoring a bill to remove the ability of school board candidates to cross-file nomination petitions. House Bill 1020 was approved by the House State Government Committee Wednesday, Simmons said. The bill would amend the Pennsylvania Election Code of 1937, which currently allows school board member candidates to file nomination petitions for multiple political parties. Consequently, school board candidates in Pennsylvania who are cross-filed appear on both the Democratic and Republican ballots in primary elections. "Historically, school board candidates have been permitted to cross-file because this position has been thought of as being non-partisan," Simmons said. "However…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The state representative who represents the Southern Lehigh School District holds monthly office hours at both Southern Lehigh Public Library and the Lower Milford Township municipal building.
State Rep. Justin Simmons' (R-131) main district office is located in Coopersburg, but each month his office holds satellite office hours at locations throughout the district, according to information posted on his website. In Center Valley, Simmons' office hours are held at Southern Lehigh Public Library, 3200 Preston Lane on the third Wednesday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In Lower Milford Township, the office hours are held at the township building, 7607 Chestnut Hill Church Road on the third Tuesday of the month, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Simmons' district includes part of Lower Saucon Township, as well as parts of Allentown, Salisbury Township and Upper Milford Township, and all of Coopersburg, Lower Milford Township and Upper …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
This Feb. 5, Gov. Tom Corbett presented his budget proposal before a joint session of the General Assembly.
Monday, November 19, 2012
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 …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Citing 'too much support for a recount,' Democrat Kevin Deely refuses to concede 131st District race to incumbent Republican Justin Simmons. But Democratic Campaign Committee Chairman Brendan Boyle says 'not enough ballots to win.'
Is the race for the 131st state House seat over? Depends on who you ask. Though Lehigh County's vote count shows incumbent Republican Justin Simmons edged out Kevin Deely by 16 votes in Lehigh County, and the Simmons camp says the Northampton County vote count put Simmons ahead by another 432 votes, challenger Kevin Deely won't concede the race anytime soon. "It's so close, we just want to make sure every vote is counted. I have so many supporters asking for a recount," said Deely in an exclusive interview. "I'm not conceding the race. There's only a little more than one percentage point [between Deely and Simmons], and the results will come soon enough. In the end, democracy will win." Deely confirmed his campaign is "strongly …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Incumbent Republican Justin Simmons edged out Democratic challenger Kevin Deely by 16 votes in Lehigh County in the 131st state House race. A Simmons campaign representative confirms in Northampton County, Simmons won by 432 votes.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Incumbent Republican Justin Simmons edged out Democratic challenger Kevin Deely by 16 votes in Lehigh County in the 131st state House race. In Northampton County, Simmons won by 432 votes, the Simmons campaign said.
Incumbent state Rep. Justin Simmons defeated Democratic challenger Kevin Deely by 448 votes in the official count for the 131st state House seat, according to information provided by the Lehigh County election bureau and the Simmons campaign. In Lehigh County, Simmons edged out Deely by 16 votes. Simmons had 13,014 votes to Deely's 12,998, according to Lehigh County election official Tim Benyo. Northampton County's official results showed Simmons defeating Deely there by 432 votes, according to the Simmons campaign. Additional details were not immediately available. In Lehigh County, Deely won by 239 votes in ballots cast at the voting machines. But when absentee and military ballots were added, Simmons edged ahead. The race, called "one …
Monday, November 12, 2012
With almost all the votes counted, the race for the 131st district in Lehigh County is only one vote apart, but more than 400 apart in Northampton County; Simmons leads both.
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…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
In an open letter to supporters, 131st District challenger Kevin Deely looks to raise funds for a recount while incumbent state Rep. Justin Simmons calls for him to concede.
With the election less than 48 hours behind them and the race still up in the air, Kevin Deely is asking supporters for help in a possible recount of the 131st state House race. Deely, the Democratic candidate, took to social media to ask for help in covering the cost of a ballot recount. The letter, posted on his Facebook page, reads: Dear supporters, I appreciate your patience in waiting for the election results to be posted. Things are changing rapidly and it may take a week or two until we know the final results. Thank you for your support - I am humbled and honored by the support from every person who cast their vote, and I will fight to make sure than each of these votes is counted. A recount will be expensive. It costs $50 per …
The outcome of the hotly contested 131st House race won't be known for several weeks as election officials count special ballots
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Thursday, November 8, 2012