The lines have been drawn – and redrawn – for the 1st Congressional District in Pennsylvania, and Tuesday May 15th will bring out the voters to select who will represent the region for each party in the November elections.
Three Democrats are vying for the opportunity to challenge the Republicans on the November ballot. Scott Wallace, Rachel Reddick, and Steve Bacher have been seen all around the Bucks County area, and while Wallace has received notable endorsements from the Bucks County Democratic Committee, Reddick has also been praised by Political Action Committees from the region and is keeping this race close. Bacher, a staunch environmentalist, has his own support as well, but the real fight is looking to be between Wallace and Reddick. Wallace comes from a political background, and is counting on his name and position as a known Democrat. Reddick is a former Republican who changed parties, but holds an inclusive view as a moderate veteran willing to take on the establishment.
District Incumbent Brian Fitzpatrick faces Dean Malik in what might end up a tight race for the GOP as well. While the freshman Congressman Fitzpatrick has already become a name up on Capitol Hill, many of his constituents are feeling he hasn’t been completely open and available to the people. Fitzpatrick has only held one Town Hall meeting – in Bensalem – and a dozen or so “over the phone” town halls, but many say that isn’t enough.
Malik is a staunch supporter of Trump, and views this election as a job interview. His statements have gone from talking about how he is the elected representative for the people, and also talked about being a conservative republican, and will push the party line if elected.
Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. – although as long as voters are in line waiting before that time, they are allowed to stay as long as it takes to cast their ballot. The Bucks County Board of Elections has changed the locations for some polling places – in Falls Township, those who used to cast ballots at the Village of Pennbrook Apartments will now head to the Falsington Elementary School; Solebury’s upper district and Warminster’s 5th district also have new polling locations, so voters are advised to confirm any changes.