15th Congressional district candidate state Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh) announced the endorsements of nine fellow state house members in his bid to replace retiring Congressman Charlie Dent (R-Lehigh).
“I am humbled to earn the support of state legislators from throughout the 15th Congressional District,” Mackenzie said.
In a letter, state Reps. Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks), Francis Ryan (R-Lebanon), Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon), Jerry Knowles,(R-Berks), Jim Cox (R-Berks), David Maloney (R-Berks), Joe Emrick (R-Northampton), Marcia M. Hahn (R-Northampton), and Zachary Mako, (R-Lehigh) announced they were endorsing Mackenzie’s bid.
“In the state House, we have worked alongside Ryan and we have seen him demonstrate consistent, conservative leadership on a wide range of issues. Ryan has proven effective in delivering results,” the letter read.
The endorsements, especially after the exit of fellow state Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh) from the race, will likely help Mackenzie with donors and building a network to help with the petition process next year.
Lehigh county Commissioner Marty Nothstein and Dauphin county Commissioner Mike Pries are also running for the seat.