Competition tight in the 183rd
The 183rd has more than enough candidates this election cycle.
Currently serving State Representative Julie Harhart will square off against fellow Republican Marc Grammes and Democrat Terri Powell Tuesday, May 20.
Harhart, who has served in the state house since 1994, said she is running for re-election to serve and assist the residents of the 183rd.
"I consider serving the public through this position to be one of the most effective ways I can help our communities," she said. "Every day is different with problems, challenges and new opportunities."
Harhart believes the voters should re-elect her because she is easily accessible and understands the needs and issues of the 183rd.
"I believe actions speak louder than words and I believe my actions and record speak for me," she said.
Grammes, a U.S. Merchant Marine Academy graduate, Navy veteran and former Lehigh County Commissioner, said he is running as a state representative out of a duty to serve others.
"I'm running to make a difference in these difficult times in which we live, to protect our seniors and build a bright and prosperous future for generations to come," he said.
Grammes, a Washington Township resident who is currently employed as a power plant operator at Northampton Generating Company and serves as an active firefighter, said he will support volunteer service providers such as firefighters and emergency responders.
"I know what it is all about to be called to serve and protect life and property, first hand," he said. "I will always be there for our men and women of our fire and ambulance corps."
Powell, a resident of Northampton, said voters should consider her candidacy because she is not a career politician.
"I have held a regular job and can see the bigger picture for the district," she said. "I have been a volunteer for many organization my entire life and have fought for the under privileged."
Powell's experience in public service includes beginning the Northampton Area Democratic Group and running for Allen Township Supervisor. She is currently employed with a title insurance company in Easton and owns her own company.
"I will listen to their concerns and act accordingly," she added of the voters. "I will not just sit back and collect a paycheck. I will work for my district."
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