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Trump endorses Republican who wants to represent the Lehigh Valley in Congress logo 5/23/2020 By Kurt Bresswein, The Express-Times, Easton, Pa

President Donald Trump has announced his pick for the Lehigh Valley’s representative in Congress.

Lisa Scheller and Dean Browning, both former Lehigh County commissioners, are facing off in the Republican primary election June 2 to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Susan Wild in the November general election.

Wild is a first-term Democrat representing Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District, which covers Lehigh, Northampton and southern Monroe counties.

On Friday night, the Republican president tweeted his endorsement of Scheller as part of a wave of 2020 race pick announcements, and linked to a website for donations to her campaign.

“I’m honored to have the support of President Trump in my bid to defeat liberal Susan Wild in this year's election," Scheller said in a statement sent out by her campaign. "President Trump needs an ally in Washington who knows how to run a business and can help get the economy roaring back from this current crisis."

Scheller, of Allentown, took control of her family-owned company, Silberline Manufacturing, after the death of her brother in 1998. The company makes aluminum-based pigments for the automotive and other industries.

Browning, of South Whitehall Township, is retired from a career as an executive with Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of the Lehigh Valley, Harvel Plastics and New World Aviation.

A third GOP candidate, Matt Connolly, has dropped out of the race.

Wild, an attorney who also lives in South Whitehall, does not face a challenger in the Democratic primary as she seeks a second two-year term.

The Lehigh Valley is the third-most populous region of Pennsylvania, considered a swing state in the 2020 general election.

Trump visited the region May 14, for a tour of an Upper Macungie Township manufacturer of personal protective equipment. He is seeking a second term against presumptive Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden.

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