This should be an interesting race. The 131st district tilts Republican (R+4) and the old district was more liberal before the Great Republican Gerrymander of 2010, so it’s not unwinnable. People tend to split their tickets more in state level races, and a lot of Republicans are missing Karen Beyer and might be open to voting for her son. This is not a tea people area of Lehigh County, and it’s pretty telling that Simmons is so paranoid about countering the negative public opinion on the $1 billion of Republican education cuts:
In 2010, newcomer Justin Simmons rode a wave of tea party fervor and divisions within the Republican Party to upset moderate incumbent Karen Beyer in a contentious primary election for the Lehigh Valley’s 131st House District.
This year, Beyer’s son Michael, a 29-year-old attorney, wants to return the favor.
Beyer of Lower Saucon Township is expected to file nominating petitions Tuesday in Harrisburg to run as a Democrat for Republican Simmons’ seat.
“I am running because Justin just doesn’t fit with what the district believes,” Beyer said. “I’m eager to provide a voice that represents the Lehigh Valley and the 131st. It is more about me wanting to help people and changing the state’s direction than anything personal. But I would be lying if I said I didn’t remember that election.”
(via Scott Kraus)