Heffley, Makhija to Face off in Fall


Carbon County’s representatives in the Pennsylvania and U.S. Houses of Representatives will be decided in the November general election, with both the Democratic and Republican parties having formalized their nominees in Tuesday’s primary election.

In the Pennsylvania House race, Rep. Doyle Heffley of Palmerton, the incumbent Republican, was unopposed on Tuesday. He collected 6,868 token votes from party members in 22 of Carbon’s 23 municipalities. Summit Hill was cut out of the 122nd Legislative District in the last redistricting round.

Heffley’s opponent will be attorney Neil Makhija of Jim Thorpe. An unopposed Democrat on Tuesday, he garnered 5,566 complimentary votes.

A two-year term is up for grabs.

Meanwhile, in the 124th Legislative District, which includes Summit Hill, Rep. Jerry Knowles of Tamaqua, a Republican incumbent, was unopposed Tuesday and received 285 token votes from Summit Hill Republicans. There was no Democratic candidate.

In addition to Summit Hill, that district includes the townships of East Brunswick, East Union, Kline, North Union, Rush, Schuylkill, Union, Walker, West Brunswick and West Penn and the boroughs of Coaldale, Deer Lake, McAdoo, New Ringgold, Orwigsburg, Port Clinton, Ringtown and Tamaqua in Schuylkill County; and parts of Berks County.

Article published in The Times News.