The Morning Call: Wild named to DCCC's Red-to-Blue program

06/15/2018

Susan Wild has won a spot in the “Red-to-Blue” program, qualifying her for extra support from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in her race against Republican Marty Nothstein to represent the Lehigh Valley in Congress.

Wild, an attorney, is the second in Pennsylvania to be named to the list this year and among about 50 across the country, according to the DCCC. More names are expected to be added to the list as Democrats seek to flip 23 seats to regain control of the House.

Pennsylvania’s 7th District is attractive because there is no incumbent running. Considered to be a swing district, the newly drawn district gives Democrats a slight advantage. It includes Lehigh, Northampton and southern Monroe counties.

The last Democrat from the Lehigh Valley to get into the program was John Callahan in 2010 when he unsuccessfully challenged Congressman Charlie Dent, who retired from Congress in May.

“Susan has spent more than 30 years working for the betterment of her community and is dedicated to fighting for working families to get a fair shot at a good education, a good paying job, and affordable health care,” DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján said in a statement. “Inspired to run for office to make the world a better place for future generations Pennsylvanians, Susan has hit the ground running and built up strong grassroots support that will help her to win in November and bring Lehigh Valley values to Congress”

Earlier this month, Nothstein entered the second phase of GOP’s “Young Guns” program, which recognizes GOP candidates with the strong organization needed to wage competitive campaigns. Nothstein is a Lehigh County commissioner and Olympic gold medalist.

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