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PA-15: Dent Gets Democratic Opponent

Rep. Charlie Dent

Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Allentown) was perhaps the most high-profile and outspoken member of the PA congressional delegation in 2013 and it appears he has finally drawn a challenger for 2014.

Dent’s potential opponent is multi-time political candidate David A. Clark. Clark first ran against Rep. Paul McHale in the 1992 Democratic primary. He then attempted to run again in 1994 but felt he couldn’t raise enough money to compete. In 1998, Clark launched a candidacy for the State House that caused a feud with Lehigh County Democratic Committee head Glenn Moyer. Now he is trying once again to seek political office.

“I have been working on running against Dent for many years and every year someone steps in with a name and puts it out of reach,” Clark told PoliticsPA. “I have all the clippings of articles and votes regarding Dent and have a platform that people can identify with.”

Clark said that he has contacted the Lehigh Democratic Party and will soon receive the petition forms he’ll need in order to get on the ballot.

He also gave some biographical details. A 1964 Pennsbury High School graduate, Clark states that he joined the Army in 1966 and entered the U.S. Special Forces. He says he then went on to graduate from Temple University in 1972 with a major in cognitive psychology.

Clark is pledging to run on a platform that includes balancing the budget, raising the minimum wage and protecting abortion rights. While Clark had ample praise for President Obama, he also described some policy positions that may be counter to the beliefs of Democratic voters. For instance, he called for deporting all illegal immigrants.

Also, according to a 1998 Morning Call article on Clark’s State House candidacy, he joined the Republican party in 1993, switched to an independent in 1994, then went back to the Democratic party in 1997.

Still, Clark maintains that with party and establishment support he could defeat Dent and win a seat in the U.S. Congress.

“If I had the support of the Democratic Party I could beat Dent,” Clark asserted to PoliticsPA.

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