Lehigh Valley

Michael Beyer will be on the November ballot

He hopes to unseat state Rep. Justin Simmons

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Looks like candidate Michael Beyer will be on the November ballot to challenge incumbent State Rep. Justin Simmons.

Tim Benyo, chief clerk of Lehigh County Elections, reported Thursday that Beyer got at least 584 write-in votes in this week's primary election.

Benyo said the final number won't be known until next week, but added Beyer needed 300 signatures to appear on the November ballot.

Beyer, who is running as a Democrat to unseat Simmons, a Republican, was knocked off the primary ballot by the state Supreme Court on the grounds that he misrepresented his occupation, so he conducted a successful write-in campaign.

The 29-year-old Beyer is facing Simmons in a race for the 131st District State House seat, which includes southern Lehigh County and part of Northampton County.

Beyer, who resides in Northampton County's Lower Saucon Township, is the son of former state Rep. Karen Beyer,  a Republican who lost her House seat to Simmons in 2010. Michael Beyer switched his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat to run against Simmons.

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