Bethlehem Press

Monday, July 16, 2018
Phillips Armstrong Phillips Armstrong
Zach Mako Zach Mako

Armstrong, Mako to face off for seat

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 by Kelly Lutterschmidt klutterschmidt@tnonline.com in Local News

Two candidates are seeking the seat representing the 183rd Legislative District.

Democrat Phillips Armstrong will face Republican Zach Mako in the Nov. 8 general election.

The 183rd Legislative District includes, in Lehigh County, the townships of South Whitehall (districts 5, 6 and 8), Washington and Whitehall (districts 7, 10 and 11) and the Borough of Slatington; and in Northampton County, the townships of Allen, Lehigh, Moore (Beersville and Klecknersville districts) and the boroughs of North Catasauqua, Northampton and Walnutport.

The Press asked the candidates the following question: Why are you the best candidate for this office?

Their response follow.

Phillips Armstrong

As president of the Whitehall board of commissioners, I oversaw a balanced budget that eliminated our debt, funded our police pensions and did it without raising taxes. This year, we’ll be lowering our garbage fees 10 percent. I’m a senior citizen, so I know the necessity of real and immediate property tax reform. I’ll advocate for property tax relief to keep seniors in their homes. As a former teacher, I’ll protect our schools’ ability to unleash the potential of every child. Finally, I’ll fight for government reform. I pledge to never to take any perks, per diems or legislator’s pension.

Zach Mako

I decided to run for office after Julie Harhart announced she was not seeking re-election. I am proud to have her endorsement, and I will continue to be an independent voice, standing up to the Harrisburg special interests and fighting for our values.

As a lifelong resident of the 183rd District, I believe taxpayers deserve someone who will look out for them, which is why I support eliminating our property taxes and standing up to Governor Wolf’s radical tax-and-spend agenda. I will work to make our business environment more attractive so we can attract more jobs to the area.