The President of the Concerned East Penn Taxpayers Association (CEPTA) confirmed that tonight’s CEPTA-sponsored debate in Emmaus will continue as planned, with or without an appearance by Democratic .
Tonight’s event has been advertised as an opportunity to get to know the candidates running in the April 24 special election to fill the 134th District House seat. The seat has been vacant since Doug Reichley took his seat on the bench in the Lehigh County Courthouse in January.
Earlier today Slattery issued a statement making it known that he won't participate in the , as a result of a lawsuit filed in Lehigh County Court yesterday.
Donches, a former candidate for Emmaus Borough Council and former Emmaus Borough Councilman are the plaintiffs in that lawsuit.
Donches says he called Slattery’s office to try to reassure Slattery’s political team that he will have no role in tonight’s debate, which will be moderated by Emmaus resident Giovanni Landi.
Both Donches and Landi were in the November 2011 general election.
Slattery is running against Republican candidate of South Whitehall in the special election. The winner of that race will fulfill the remainder of Reichley’s term.
Mackenzie is also running for the Republican slot on the November general election ballot for the 134th District House seat. In that race, he faces Arlene Dabrow.
Donches says he expects both Mackenzie and Dabrow to attend tonight’s CEPTA event.