Lehigh Valley

No contest in Charlie Dent congressional campaign

Only one area congressional campaign remains uncontested at the close of Tuesday's 5 p.m. filing deadline.

Pennsylvania's 15th Congressional District is shaping into a cakewalk for incumbent Charlie Dent, who will face no challengers in his reelection campaign.

Having defeated Democrat nominees in his previous five re-election bids Dent, a Republican, will face his first no-contest campaign since taking office in 2005.

His district, which stretches from eastern Harrisburg to the western New Jersey border, including all of Lehigh County and large parts of Berks and Northampton counties, has a Cook Partisan Voting Index rating of R+2, indicating a slight-right leaning.

Prior to Dent, it was represented by fellow Republican Pat Toomey from 1999 to 2005.

Dent is running on a campaign that proposes to cut down on government spending and use this to help reduce the national debt.

As a lawmaker, he has voted against the Affordable Care Act and then again to de-fund it, and has been a supporter or military efforts and related spending overseas in Afghanistan.

He has received moderate ratings from various interest groups such as the National Journal.

Primary elections for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will take place May 20.

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