Mackenzie Enters Race for Open 15th District

Ryan MacKenzieState Representative Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh) announced he is running to replace retiring Congressman Charlie Dent (R-Lehigh).  

“With the support of my community, family, and friends, I am running for Congress to be our voice in Washington. Our nation works best when Americans are in the driver’s seat.  Our government has grown so big, unwieldy and directionless that it is holding us back from achieving the prosperity we all know is within our reach,” Mackenzie said in a release announcing his candidacy.  

Mackenzie’s announcement comes the morning after Dent announced his retirement

Mackenzie is serving his fourth term in the state House.  

Mackenzie joins fellow state Representative Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh) in the race for the Republican nomination.

September 8th, 2017 | Posted in Congress, Front Page Stories, Top Stories | 22 Comments

22 thoughts on “Mackenzie Enters Race for Open 15th District”

  1. John Galt says:

    Will be a good race considering that McKenzie and Simmons are essentially rivals.

  2. Someone in the know says:

    I know them both, and they are both a couple of empty suits. Mackenzie is a primadonna, and Simmons really has not done squat in Harrisburg. While they both appeal to the GOP base, a majority of the 15th is not far right wing, and if either one of them wants to win, they need those center-right, and center-left voters, and will have to move to the center or the next Congressman for the 15th District will be a Democrat.

  3. PhillyPolitico says:

    Are there any Democrats that actually want to run for this seat?

    1. Zakrey Bissell says:

      I’m hoping for John Callahan and John Morganelli runs for this seat in 2018 because of both of these candidates do have experience is to win this race in 2018.

  4. Zakrey Bissell says:

    I’m guessing good choice Ryan Mackenzie but i might be supporting a Democrat is to replace Charlie Dent in congress in 2018.

  5. Helen says:

    Ryan is a real conservative!! Finally, we will have a real conservative in Congress

  6. Dan Sauder says:

    “Our nation works best when Americans are in the driver’s seat,” said Mackenzie.

    He definitely needs help with his communication skills. What kind of statement is that? Is the presumption that Dent was not an American or that there are a bunch of non-Americans currently holding elective office somewhere that I’m unaware of? Russians maybe?

    1. Robert B Sklaroff MD says:

      obviously, he is advocating populism that contrasts with those in the D.C. Swamp who defend the status-quo; i would suspect that this perspective is shared by Simmons AND that this competition will not be bitter, for both are apparently appreciated by those in the Tea Party [Patriots] Movement

      1. Robert B Sklaroff MD says:


        Although both are conservative, a leader of the TPM in the Lehigh Valley told me yesterday that Simmons is viewed as preferable.

        1. Robert B Sklaroff MD says:


          A leader of Bucks County conservatives told me today that Mackenzie was a work-horse for The Donald last year, in contrast to Simmons.

          [“fair and balanced”]


    2. Matt says:

      He’s saying the American people need to be represented well and have their voice heard. Not Jesse typical politicians who do what’s best for jen selves and not the American people! If you think our government is working fine, damn you must be on something good!
      Health care, disability, welfare…these are just the simple issues among millions of others that aren’t controlled by us paying for it.

    3. Barricks Einwohner says:

      I heard this crap years ago that there is a difference: there are Americans and then there are “real Americans”

  7. Like a rolling Keystone says:

    mutually self destruction. Charlie will be laughing on election night

  8. Chris Schaefer says:

    Planned parenthood spent $100K against Ryan in his first race, and he still beat them. A conservative that knows how to win.

    1. Whatever says:

      If you are comparing him to Simmons you are on crack. Ryan isnt fit to carry Justin’s briefcase.

      1. You are Justin Simmons says:

        Whatever … just say you are Justin Simmons. Come on.

  9. Kevin says:

    This wannabe doesn’t hold a candle to Justin Simmons. He tries so hard to be like Simmons. Could it be any more obvious

    1. EvilBobCaseyIV says:

      That’s a joke. MacKenzie has been the choice over Justin Simmons by elder Republicans and office holders for some time. He has earned the respect of everyone by working hard and keeping drama to a minimum.

  10. Constituent says:

    There are those who demand respect and those who earn it. Ryan Mackenzie has earned the respect of his constituents, his colleagues in Harrisburg, and members of all political parties. He is a problem solver, which is exactly what we need in DC today.

  11. Sandra Bell says:

    A pro-life candidate who supports Trump. Nice!

  12. Stan Darsh says:

    Hmm, Sounds like maybe this was the plan all along for Dent to handoff the seat to MacKenzie?

    1. tommyd says:

      Maybe it was Dent’s plan to hand off his seat to a Democrat, because that’s what’s going to happen with these two tea party crack pots.

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