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Election 2024: Here are the candidates on PA primary ballot in Lehigh Valley area races

See the Lehigh Valley area candidates for the April 23 primaries.
See the Lehigh Valley area candidates for the April 23 primaries.
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Tuesday was the deadline for prospective candidates to file their nominating petitions to run in the Pennsylvania primary election on April 23.

While the Democratic and Republican primaries for president are all but decided, there are several contested races down ballot, including state attorney general and auditor general.

In the Lehigh Valley, the most high-profile contested race is the Republican primary for U.S. Congress in the 7th District. State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, Kevin Dellicker and Maria Montero all are vying for the nomination to face Democratic incumbent Susan Wild in November.

There are several contested races for state House. In the Democratic primary for the 136th District seat, incumbent Rep. Bob Freeman is being challenged by Easton City Council member Taiba Sultana. In the 131st District, journalist Meriam Sabih and Saucon Valley School Board member Jayharon Santos will square off in the Democratic primary, with the winner facing Republican incumbent Milou Mackenzie.

In the 183rd District, Republican Rep. Zachary Mako is being challenged by Slatington Council member Zachari Halkias. The winner will face Democrat Joseph Lenzi in November.

For state Senate, there is a contested Republican primary in the Berks County-based 11th District between Lisha Rowe and Miguel Vasquez.

Objections to nomination petitions can be made until Feb. 20. Candidates have until Feb. 28 to withdraw their names from the primary ballots.

Here is the full list of candidates for statewide and area races who filed their petitions in Harrisburg by the deadline. Names appear in random order. Ballot lotteries to determine candidate order will be held Feb. 21.

U.S. president 

Democrat

Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Dean Benson Phillips

Republican

Donald John Trump

Nikki R. Haley

Statewide offices

U.S. Senator

Democrat

Robert P. Casey Jr.

Republican

David H. McCormick

Joseph J. Vodvarka

Auditor General

Democrat

Malcolm Kenyatta

Mark E. Pinsley

Republican

Timothy Lionel DeFoor

Attorney General

Democrat

Keir N. Bradford-Grey

Joseph Jamil Khan

Eugenio DePasquale

Jack Stollsteimer

Jared G. Solomon

Republican

David Sunday

Wendell Craig Williams

State Treasurer

Democrat

Ryan Bizzarro

Erin R McClelland

Republican

Stacy L Garrity

U.S. Representative

1st District (Bucks and Montgomery)

Democrat

Ashley Ehasz

Republican

Brian Fitzpatrick

Mark Justin Houck

4th District (Berks and Montgomery)

Democrat

Madeleine Dean Cunnane

Republican

David John Winkler

7th District (Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton)

Democrat

Susan Ellis Wild

Republican

Ryan Mackenzie

Kevin W. Dellicker

Maria Montero

8th District (Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Wayne)

Democrat

Matthew Alton Cartwright

Republican

Robert Paul Bresnahan Jr.

9th District (Berks, Bradford, Columbia, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wyoming)

Democrat

Amanda R. Waldman

Republican

Daniel Meuser

State Senator

11th District (Berks)

Democrat

Judith S. Schwank

Republican

Lisha L. Rowe

Miguel A. Vasquez

29th District (Carbon, Luzerne, Schuylkill)

Democrat

John N. Zugarek

Republican

David G. Argall

State Representative

22nd District (Lehigh)

Democrat

Joshua M. Siegel

Republican

No candidates

29th District (Bucks)

Democrat

Timothy Patrick Brennan

Republican

Steven Mekanik

53rd District (Montgomery)

Democrat

Steven R. Malagari

Republican

Cheryl Bonavita-Cressman

115th District (Monroe)

Democrat

Anna Lopez

Republican

Matthew Joseph Long

122nd District (Carbon)

Democrat

No candidates

Republican

Doyle Heffley

124th District (Berks and Schuylkill)

Democrat

Tina M. Burns

Republican

James A. Barton

131st District (Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton)

Democrat

Meriam H. Sabih

Jayharon Santos

Republican

V. Milou Mackenzie

132nd District (Lehigh)

Democrat

Michael Harry Schlossberg

Republican

No candidates

133rd District (Lehigh)

Democrat

Jeanne M McNeill

Republican

No candidates

134th District (Lehigh)

Democrat

Peter George Schweyer

Republican

No candidates

135th District (Northampton)

Democrat

Stephen P Samuelson

Republican

No candidates

136th District (Northampton)

Democrat

Robert Freeman

Taiba Sultana

Republican

No candidates

137th District (Northampton)

Democrat

Anna R. Thomas

Republican

Joseph T. Emrick

138th District (Northampton)

Democrat

Jared Peter Bitting

Republican

Ann L. Flood

145th District (Bucks)

Democrat

Vera J. Cole

Republican

Craig T. Staats

147th District (Montgomery)

Democrat

Albert Leach

Republican

Donna Marie Scheuren

176th District (Monroe)

Democrat

Hope E. Christman

Republican

Jack B. Rader Jr.

183rd District (Lehigh and Northampton)

Democrat

Joseph William Lenzi

Republican

Zachary Allen Mako

Zachari Halkias

187th District (Lehigh)

Democrat

Stefanie Rafes

Republican

Gary W. Day

189th District (Monroe and Pike)

Democrat

Tarah Probst

Republican

Lisa M. Vanwhy

Only Democrats can vote for Democratic candidates, and only Republicans can vote for Republicans in Pennsylvania’s closed primary system.

Voters have until the end of business April 8 to register to vote or make changes to their registration, such as party affiliation. Voters who are unsure of their status can check on the state’s .

The can guide people through changing their name, address or party affiliation online.

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