Primary election set for Lehigh Valley’s 7th Congressional District seat

Written by on March 15, 2022

Primary election set for Lehigh Valley’s 7th Congressional District seat

By WLVR Staff
March 15, 2022

The race for the Lehigh Valley’s congressional seat is now clear. Tuesday was the deadline for candidates to file for the 2022 Pennsylvania primary election.

The Republican primary will feature two candidates:

Business owner and former Lehigh County commissioner Lisa Scheller of Allentown, who ran unsuccessfully in 2020; and U.S. veteran and business owner Kevin Dellicker of Heidelberg Township, who was an aide to former Gov. Tom Ridge.

They’ll face each other in the May 17 primary, with the winner going up against incumbent U.S. Rep. Susan Wild in the fall. Wild, of South Whitehall Township, was the only candidate to file on the Democratic ticket in the 7th Congressional District, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State.

As for other Lehigh Valley races, the election calendar remains on hold for state House and Senate candidates. They’re waiting for further orders on legislative redistricting from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

To be placed on the ballot in Pennsylvania, the state requires congressional candidates to gather at least 1,000 petition signatures from voters registered in the same party within the district.

The boundaries of the 7th Congressional District changed this year because of reapportionment. The district includes Carbon, Lehigh and Northampton counties and a portion of Monroe County.

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