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Hellertown Church to Host U.S. Congressional Candidate Town Halls

Christ Lutheran Hellertown

A Hellertown church will host the two primary contenders for the U.S. Congressional seat formerly held by U.S. Rep Charlie Dent (R-15) next month as part of a Faith & Politics series.

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Note: The date of Marty Nothstein’s presentation at Christ Lutheran Hellertown has been moved from Oct. 25 to Thursday, Nov. 1 because the League of Women Voters has invited the candidates to participate in a debate Oct. 25. A forum with Libertarian candidate Tim Silfies has also been added to the schedule. Silfies will present and answer questions on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. Technology permitting, Saucon Source will Facebook live-broadcast these events and upload the videos to YouTube for those who are unable to attend/watch them live.

A Hellertown church is hosting the contenders for the 7th PA District seat formerly held by U.S. Rep Charlie Dent (R-15) this fall as part of a “Faith & Politics” series.

Christ Lutheran Hellertown, 69 Main St., Hellertown, hosted Democrat Susan Wild on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and will host Libertarian Tim Silfies on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at  7 p.m. and Republican Marty Nothstein on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. These events are open to the public.

“Christ Lutheran Church seeks to present a balanced view of candidates and issues for the benefit of voters and the community,” according to a news release about the events.

Christ Lutheran Hellertown

Christ Lutheran Hellertown, 69 Main St., Hellertown, Pa. (FILE PHOTO)

Wild is an attorney who describes herself as a community advocate, a mother of two and a fighter for the working class who “believes we can grow overall economic prosperity while still caring for the vulnerable members of our community” on her campaign website.

Nothstein is an Olympic medalist in cycling, small businessman and Lehigh County commissioner who describes himself as “principled conservative who grew up with a deep sense of fiscal responsibility” on his campaign website.

Silfies is a television journalist who most recently worked as a business reporter for WFMZ-TV and says on his campaign website that his decision to run as a third-party candidate was motivated by “our broken political system” as well as listening to “frustrated entrepreneurs in our area who are tired of government holding their businesses back.”

Each candidate will begin their evening with a 15-minute presentation about their candidacy, which will be followed by a town hall meeting-style question-and-answer session moderated by Christ Lutheran Pastor Phil Spohn in the church sanctuary.

The church website encourages attendees to bring friends of all political persuasions to these town hall meetings.

This year’s general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Polls in Pennsylvania will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.


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