Easton Area High School English teacher Kevin Deely has announced his candidacy for state House seat in the upcoming election.
The 131st legislative district, which Simmons currently represents, includes a portion of Lower Saucon Township, and Simmons' district office is located in the township.
According to the Express-Times, Deely--a former president of the Easton Area teachers union--will run as a Democrat and hopes to help change the government culture at the state level. Deely has accused Simmons, a freshman Republican, of being absent for crucial votes and of siding with big business interests, the article indicates.
Simmons countered Deely's claims by pointing to his record of breaking ranks with party members on several key votes; accused him of being beholden to teachers; and stated that Deely is "'living in a fantasy world,'" according to the article.
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