Mark Pinsley announces bid to set up rematch against Sen. Pat Browne

Written by on July 26, 2021

Mark Pinsley announces bid to set up rematch against Sen. Pat Browne

By Genesis Ortega
July 26, 2021

Lehigh County Controller Mark Pinsley canvassing during his campaign for state senator. Photo Courtesy of Mark Pinsley’s website.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – A little over three months away from the 2021 general election in November, contenders for 2022 races have begun announcing their bids. The latest announcement comes from Lehigh County’s controller who has set his gaze on higher office. 

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Democrat Mark Pinsley is officially running for state Senate in 2022. He is the first to announce his intentions to go up against incumbent Pat Browne (R-Lehigh). 

Pinsley says his platform will focus on the needs of the community. 

“For the people not the powerful. That’s what I want people to know. I am for them, I am not for the powerful. We have to get things done,” he says. 

Pinsley says one of his top issues is criminal justice reform. As county controller, he advocated for bail reform, but he says he can do more at the state level. 

He says his platform will focus on five components: 

“Election integrity, healthcare, the economy, education, and criminal justice. Those are sort of the baseline ideas that I’m trying to share with everyone,” Pinsley says.  

The county’s top fiscal watchdog, Pinsley has called for criminal justice reform at the local level but he says he could do more for the cause at the state level. 

“The state Senate gives me a bigger platform to do more. What I am able to do is bring attention to it and create a conversation around it, which I really enjoy that fact,” Pinsley says.  

This will be Pinsley’s second try for the seat. He was narrowly defeated in 2018.

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