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PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILPhoebe Harris, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; Susan Wild, candidate for the 7th Congressional District; and Jessica Ortiz, Pennsylvania State Democratic Party, attend the rally in the borough. PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILPhoebe Harris, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; Susan Wild, candidate for the 7th Congressional District; and Jessica Ortiz, Pennsylvania State Democratic Party, attend the rally in the borough.
Murat Guzel, Harmony Fest host, and Steve Burker, Coplay Borough councilman, enjoy the Lehigh Valley Democratic Progressive Coalition-sponsored event. Murat Guzel, Harmony Fest host, and Steve Burker, Coplay Borough councilman, enjoy the Lehigh Valley Democratic Progressive Coalition-sponsored event.
John Fetterman, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, addresses his supporters during Harmony Fest, held Aug. 9 at American Club of Coplay. John Fetterman, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, addresses his supporters during Harmony Fest, held Aug. 9 at American Club of Coplay.

Democrats rally in Coplay

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Murat Guzel, who heads the Lehigh Valley Democratic Progressive Coalition (LVDPC), held a political rally, billed as Harmony Fest, at the American Club of Coplay pavilion Aug. 9.

“This is a local organization. Every local Democrat Party organization and all the Democratic elected officials joined us and are a part of this group,” he said.

Guzel had a two-page list of everyone who supports his organization. Celeste Dee is the executive director of LVDPC and set up the event. She has an extensive resume of working for Democratic Party executives.

Congressional candidate Susan Wild, vying for the seat representing the new 7th District, was in attendance. State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd, worked to get local party officials to the Coplay event as a show of party unity and strength.

“This is a great day for Coplay, for this little town to have this kind of turnout,” she said.

Each candidate gave speeches that aligned the local party with the Democratic National Committee. John Fetterman, the party’s candidate for lieutenant governor, spoke in support of the national agenda while he addressed state issues.

Wild invited Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester from Delaware; she was sent to Congress in 2017. Rochester is Delaware’s at-large representative. The party seeks to get more minorities and women into elected positions.

The candidate speeches outlined the party’s platform for the midterm elections. They are opposed to Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. They are in favor of Obamacare plans and want to see more federal subsidies.

Attendees and candidates were opposed to separating children from their families when they illegally cross the border. Candidates indicated they opposed the Trump administration’s efforts that enforced a 1952 lawmaking illegal border crossing a felony offense.

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli attended the event. Morganelli lost in the Congressional primary but was there to support Wild as a show of party unity.

After the speeches and networking, the group settled into a relaxing evening of socializing with their colleagues.