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PA-15: Dent Kicks Off Re-election Campaign

Rep. Dent
Rep. Dent

Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Lehigh) officially announced his bid for re-election in Pennsylvania’s 15th District on Saturday afternoon at Sammi’s Restaurant in Wescosville.

“People are tired of the endless bickering and sniping they see in Washington, D.C.” said Dent. “Unfailingly, the number one question I am asked by people in the community is ‘why can’t the Congress work together to achieve good results for the country?’ I take that question to heart. I believe that if the people elect you, they do so because they expect you to lead, to govern.”

Dent said he would continue to help advance legislation that would provide for economic growth, job creation and working to solve the nation’s problems in a bipartisan manner. In the way of bipartisanship, Dent pointed out that he is currently working with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) to help get rid of wasteful government programs.

“It’s time Washington started solving problems for Americans instead of creating them,” said Dent.

Dent’s fundraising for Q4 was certainly respectable enough to begin his campaign. He ended 2013 with $545,983.94 cash on hand. He raised a total of $137,180.06, and his expenditures totaled $95,257.18, most of which went toward consulting fees.

Dent’s Democratic opponent didn’t announce until late February. The potential contender for his seat is Democrat David A. Clark, who has run for political office several times before and failed.

“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 at the time of his announcement. “I have all the clippings of articles and votes regarding Dent and have a platform that people can identify with.”

Pennsylvania’s 15th District covers all or parts of Berks, Dauphin, Lebanon, Lehigh and Northampton counties. Dent was first elected to this seat in 2004.

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