Pa. Rep. Justin Simmons enters US House race against Dent

Pennsylvania Rep. Justin Simmons has officially thrown his hat into the ring for the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Republican lawmaker announced Wednesday he will run against fellow Republican Charlie Dent.

In an interview with 69 News last week, Simmons said he was strongly considering entering the race, calling Dent "America's most liberal Republican."

"Dent has been on the wrong side of every major issue from Obamacare, spending, border security, and the list goes on," Simmons said in his announcement video on his campaign website,

"The voters of the 15th Congressional district know that I have always served as a strong and independent voice carrying their concerns to Washington," Dent said in response to Simmons' announcement. "I look forward to Justin's failed record in Harrisburg and his long history of misleading the people he was elected to represent being fully exposed."

Simmons is serving his fourth term in the state House, representing parts of Lehigh, Montgomery, and Northampton counties.

The 15th Congressional district covers Lehigh County and parts of Berks, Dauphin, Lebanon, and Northampton counties.

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