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183rd Legislative District

Friday, November 2, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Incumbent Mako faces challenge in race

Incumbent Republican Zach Mako and Democrat Jason Ruff are vying for the Pennsylvania House seat to represent the 183rd Legislative District.

The district includes, in Lehigh County, townships of South Whitehall (districts 5, 6 and 8), Washington and Whitehall (districts 7, 10 and 11) and Borough of Slatington and, in Northampton County, townships of Allen, Lehigh and Moore (districts of Beersville and Klecknersville) and boroughs of North Catasauqua, Northampton and Walnutport.

The winning candiate will serve a two-year term in office.

We asked the candidates the following question: Is enough being done on the state level to battle the opioid crisis? Please explain.

Democrat

Jason Ruff

No, I don’t believe enough is being done and I think we need leaders who are willing to take action immediately! There are resource centers springing up in certain areas, however, if the state was willing to fund at least one or two in every affected county, we could provide a level of much-needed support and prevention education. People are dying, and whether or not everyone agrees with public funding to pay for revival medication, I think we could all agree that funding would best be utilized to educate, prevent, and support.

Republican

Zach Mako

There is still much work to do in combating the opioid epidemic- but I am proud of the bipartisan work I have done in Harrisburg to help address this serious issue. I have supported efforts to prevent overdose deaths, provide law enforcement with the resources they need to get dealers off the streets, and provide treatment for addicts who want to turn their lives around. This epidemic has taken the lives of too many and if re-elected I will continue to do all I can to stop this, whether that is with more early education or holding prescribers accountable.