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PA Congressional Primary Preview: PA-07

PA-07 GOP candidates

The countdown is underway to the 2024 Pennsylvania presidential primary.

In the fifth in our series, PoliticsPA takes a look at the Republican contenders for the 7th Congressional District nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives.


Kevin Dellicker (R) Ryan Mackenzie (R), Maria Montero (R)


Kevin Dellicker
           Kevin Dellicker

Dellicker ran an unsuccessful campaign for the GOP nomination in PA-07 in 2022. His priorities – Strong families, good jobs and safe communities. 

Education. Supports policies that improve traditional schools and expand alternative options, such as charter schools, homeschooling, vocational training, and school choice.
Healthcare. Opposes Medicare for All and similar proposals that restrict individuals from choosing their own doctors and healthcare plans.
Reproductive Rights. Pro-life.
Second Amendment. Defend the 2nd Amendment and preserve this fundamental right for all Americans.
Social Security. Ensure the solvency of social security for current and near-retirees and will strive to improve the program for future generations.
Election Integrity. Restore the public trust through common-sense election reforms, such as requiring voter identification at the polling place and checking signatures on mail-in ballots. 

  • Party. Republican
  • Residence. Heidelberg Township, Lehigh County
  • Experience. Business owner. 28 years of military service.
  • Last Election (2022). Lost to Lisa Scheller in the PA-07 primary.
  • Quotable. “As your Congressman, I will work to promote freedom, support working men and women, and protect the weak and vulnerable, within the framework of the United States Constitution.”
  • Education. B.A. and B.S., Penn State; Master of Public Administration, Syracuse; Master of Divinity, Liberty.
  • Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Vote411 Voter Guide
  • Fundraising (as of 12/31/2023)
    • Raised: $241,827.22 | Spent: $37,465.16 | Cash on Hand: $205,692.08 | Loan: $246,811.75


          Ryan Mackenzie

A ninth-generation resident of the Lehigh Valley, Mackenzie is looking to make the move from the State House to Washington.

Energy. Encourage American energy exploration, extraction, and production. Oppose cap-and-tax schemes that prioritize a radical climate agenda over the realities of safe, clean, affordable American energy.
Education. Ban Critical Race Theory and age-inappropriate sex/gender ideology from being taught in K-12 schools. Empower parents with expanded school choice, and ensure curriculum transparency through a Parents’ Bill of Rights.
Healthcare. Provide more choice to reduce healthcare and prescription drug costs, and protect pre-existing condition coverage.
Reproductive Rights. Fight back against the culture of celebrating abortion and those that want to legalize it up until the moment of birth. Provide a clear alternative by supporting efforts to reduce the number of abortions, improve maternal healthcare, and ease pathways to adoption.
Second Amendment. Defend in its original intent to protect Americans against a tyrannical government. Support constitutional carry and oppose far-left efforts to confiscate firearms without due process
Social Security. Uphold these sacred commitments to our seniors by ensuring no reductions in their benefits.
Election Integrity. Support voter ID, ban unsecured drop boxes and ballot harvesting, and prohibit private money from being used for election administration. Prohibit non-citizens from voting in any American elections and block efforts to pack the Supreme Court.

  • Party. Republican
  • Residence. Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County
  • Experience. State Representative since 2012.
  • House Assignments. Republican chair, Labor and Industry Committee
  • Last Election. 
  • Quotable. “To ensure that this nation, under God, has a new birth of freedom, we need a plan to make it happen. We need to make sure that our government and our elected officials will commit to what they will actually do for the American people. And, after being elected, we need to hold our elected officials accountable to what they campaigned on.”
  • Education. B.S., New York University; MBA, Harvard University.
  • Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Vote411 Voter Guide
  • Fundraising (as of 12/31/2023)
    • Raised: $203,832.28 | Spent: $66,216.67 | Cash on Hand: $137,615.61 | Loan: $1,400


Maria Montero
             Maria Montero

A first-generation American, Montero is a practicing attorney who is a former member of the DeSales University Board of Trustees and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

Energy. Restore American Energy Independence and American Manufacturing
Education. Empower Parents to Make Education Choices
Reproductive Rights. Protect the Value of Life by supporting Women, Families, and Pregnancy Resource Centers
Second Amendment. Vigorously Defend our Constitutional Rights, Especially the Second Amendment
Election Integrity. Restore the Integrity of our Elections

  • Party. Republican
  • Residence. Easton, Northampton County
  • Experience. Attorney. Former Executive Director of both the Pennsylvania Commission for Women and the Pennsylvania Latino Commission.
  • Quotable. “I am running for the United States Congress in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District to Restore the American Dream!”
  • Education. B.A., Saint Joseph’s University; J.D., Widener School of Law.
  • Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Vote411 Voter Guide
  • Fundraising (as of 12/31/2023)
    • Raised: $138,782.50 | Spent: $87,895.87 | Cash on Hand: $59,887.49


District Composition. All of CARBON County; All of LEHIGH County; Part of MONROE County consisting of the TOWNSHIPS of Eldred, Polk and Ross (all blocks except 1000, 1001, 1002, 1003, 1004, 1005, 1006, 1007, 1008, 1009, 1010, 1011, 1012, 1013, 1014, 1015, 1016, 1017, 1018, 1019, 1020, 1021, 1022, 1023, 1024, 1025, 1026, 1027, 1028, 1029, 1030, 1031, 1032, 1033, 1034, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2021, 3001, 3003, 3004, 3005, 4000, 4001, 4002, 4003, 4004, 4005, 4006, 4007, 4009, 4010 and 4011 of tract 301203) and All of NORTHAMPTON County.

7 Responses

  1. It’s disheartening to see yet another professional woman running for office being attacked based solely on her appearance. Accusations of sexual impropriety just because she’s attractive? This is blatant misogyny at its worst. Let’s focus on her qualifications and achievements, not her looks. Women belong in positions of power, and it’s time to stop dismissing and discounting their accomplishments.

    1. She is totally unqualified. She failed the bar several times and just recently became an attorney. Before that, she was a communications person for the Philadelphia Convention center and lived in Bensalem for the past ten years. She got that job through political connections (and even people on the board say her hiring was fishy). So please, spare me. She is totally unqualified. She also has a terrible reputation. I’m sorry if you are offended by the fact that her poor character is catching up to her.

  2. It’s simple, the GOP wins if they nominate Montero. Her campaign manager is also top notch!

    1. Jason – Did Montero claim she was living with you or an address related to you when she tried to run for Congress last time in Lycoming County? She didn’t win then, and she won’t win now.

  3. Maria and her boy toy Dan Meuser were together at PLC and looking very close. I thought Meuser was married still but maybe he is now divorced and with Maria.

    1. What a low blow trying to insinuate something like this. I’ve known Maria for nearly a decade and she is a morally upstanding woman. It’s sad to see something so petty written but it’s clearly a reflection of the realization she’s going to win this race. Maria is the strongest candidate, authentic and conservative, and is going to be a phenomenal Congress woman.

  4. Well we know who is the best looking candidate. Too bad she is a Tia Maria opportunist selling out her people for a personal opportunity.


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