By Precious Petty
Pennsylvania state Rep. Ryan Mackenzie announced his bid for re-election at a Tuesday night campaign kickoff.Mackenzie, a Republican who represents the 134th District, said, “I have had the great honor of serving residents of Lehigh and Berks for the past two years and I have never lived a day when I was not grateful for that privilege,” during the event held in Lower Macungie Township.
Mackenzie, an Allentown native raised in South Whitehall Township, now lives in Lower Macungie. He won his first full term in November 2012, beating Democrat John Reynard.
In an April 2012 special election, he defeated Democrat Patrick Slattery in a race for the seat left vacant by former state Rep. Doug Reichley, who resigned after winning election to the Lehigh County bench.
The 134th was reconfigured recently and now includes all or part of Alburtis and Macungie boroughs and Lower Macungie, Salisbury and South Whitehall townships in Lehigh County. Topton and the townships of Hereford, Longswamp, Richmond and Rockland in Berks County are part of the district, as well.