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Mackenzie announces plans to run for Reichley's seat

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 25 2012 11:26:55 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 25 2012 11:29:09 AM CST

SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. -

A Lehigh County native has announced plans to make his first run at a public office.

Ryan Mackenzie of South Whitehall Twp. announced his candidacy for state Representative in Pennsylvania's 134th District.

This seat was formerly held by Doug Reichley, who gave up the office when he was sworn in as a Lehigh County judge earlier this month.

A Parkland High School graduate, Mackenzie was formerly the Director of Policy at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.

“Too many people are unemployed and struggling. Taxes are too high and we need to reduce government spending because citizens know how to spend their money
better than the government,” said Mackenzie. He added, “To create jobs,
Pennsylvania must lower its taxes, reduce the amount of unnecessary regulation, decrease litigation costs, and provide effective job training programs.”

Patrick Slattery has already announced plans to run for the vacant seat.

The 134th District has been redrawn to include the boroughs of Alburtis and Macungie and Lower Macungie Township in Lehigh County, and the boroughs of Topton and Hereford, Richmond and Rockland townships in Berks County. Parts of Salisbury and South Whitehall townships are also included.