Congressional Candidates for PA-7

Kevin Dellicker

Kevin Dellicker is a husband and father, small business owner, and 28-year military veteran. He is running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District to fight for strong families, good jobs, and safe communities. Kevin enlisted in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 1995 as an infantry soldier before transferring to the Air National Guard in 1999, where he currently serves as an intelligence officer. He deployed four times for the Global War on Terrorism, in addition to supporting domestic operations and diplomatic missions. In 2005, Kevin and his wife Susan started their own small business, Dellicker Strategies. Over the years, Dellicker Strategies has helped 630 school districts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey upgrade their internet access for better teaching and learning. Today, Dellicker Strategies continues to help organizations upgrade their telecommunications infrastructure while improving their cybersecurity posture and managing complex technology parts. Active in his community, Kevin coached youth soccer, baseball, and wrestling for 20 seasons and volunteers at his local church. He and his wife Susan have three sons and reside in New Tripoli.
Boards Kevin Has Served On
* Lehigh County Workforce Investment Board
* Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee
* Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania Board of Advisors
* Lehigh Carbon Community College Board of Ambassadors
Organizations Kevin is a Member Of
* American Legion
* Veterans of Foreign Wars
* Honorary First Defenders
* Pennsylvania National Guard Associations
* National Rifle Association
* Master of Military Operational Arts and Science, Air University
* Graduate, Army War College
* Master of Divinity in Global Studies, Liberty University
* Master of Public Administration in Development Economics, Syracuse University
* Bachelor of Science in Environmental Resource Management, Penn State University
* Bachelor of Arts in History, Penn State University.

Ryan Mackenzie

When it comes to fighting for American freedoms and helping others, Ryan Mackenzie has had some great teachers. A 9th generation resident of the Lehigh Valley, Ryan’s first ancestor to settle in our area fought in the Northampton County Militia during the Revolutionary War. In more recent generations, his family members helped build companies like Hercules Cement, served our country in both World Wars, and served our community here at home in professions like nursing and teaching. It’s that spirit of service that inspired Ryan to fight back against the Far Left here in Pennsylvania. Ryan faced an all-out assault by the abortion industry in his first race, and he beat them back. Rush Limbaugh said of Ryan: “Planned Parenthood took it on the chin … Mackenzie won by an 18-point margin.”

In Pennsylvania’s state capitol, Ryan is known by conservatives and feared by the establishment as one of the most effective and proven reformers in government. Ryan didn’t just talk – he got our values enacted into law. Ryan has been fighting for Pennsylvania taxpayers for a long time. He led efforts that saved us $400 million per year through conservative reforms at the Department of Labor & Industry, and saved us another nearly $60 million by smartly refinancing debt that we would pass on to our children and grandchildren. It’s no surprise that Americans for Prosperity named Ryan a “Taxpayer Hero” and a Policy Champion. Pennsylvania workers and veterans know Ryan will always have their back. He led reform on unemployment compensation, workers’ comp, workforce development, and other areas of labor law. Ryan received the Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business and was honored by both the U.S. Department of Defense and Lehigh Valley Chapter 190 Military Order of the Purple Heart for his work helping service members and their families. Ryan has served on state and federal boards for economic development, workforce development, and environmental protection. President Trump appointed Ryan to serve on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Local Government Advisory Committee and as a commissioner on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. Ryan is a local guy who has made the Lehigh Valley proud. After graduating from Parkland High School near the top of his class, he received his undergraduate degree, with honors, in Finance and International Business from New York University, and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. Involved in several charities and nonprofit organizations in our community, Ryan currently serves on the executive council of the Lehigh Career & Technical Institute, previously served the board of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the boards of other non-profits that provide affordable housing for seniors and helped individuals with special needs. Ryan and his wife, Chloe, make their home in Lower Macungie Township with their rescue hound dog, Ruckus.

Note: Recognition and awards mentioned do not indicate endorsement of candidacy.

“…that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth”

Maria Montero

Maria is a Republican Candidate for Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District Includes counties of Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, and parts of Monroe (Polk, Eldred, and Ross Townships) Born in Pennsylvania’s coal region, Maria was raised between Allentown and Summit Hill. Throughout Maria’s life— faith, family, and country have been fundamental. Maria’s Irish grandmother often said, “When you educate a woman, you educate a family”. Rising through poverty, Maria’s education at Our Lady of the Valley, Marian Catholic High School, Saint Joseph’s University, and Widener School of Law have proven the great equalizer. Women’s sports played an instrumental part of her life competing in varsity level athletics throughout high school and college where her tenacity, dedicated work ethic, and grit shone brightly. Maria had her only child, a son, while in college and with the support of her family was able to earn her degree. Maria’s family made the impossible possible, for which she is eternally grateful. Being a single mom and working full-time, wasn’t always easy, however she always made time to give back—coaching all of her son’s youth sports (sans football) and was active in her parish and community. Maria was a co-founder of the Lehigh Valley’s Power of Women networking initiative and her dedication to strengthening women’s civic, economic, and social leadership led to an executive appointment as the Commonwealth’s Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. Thereafter, Maria led the Governor’s Latino Commission advocating for Latino small business owners and promoting educational excellence in the community. Maria has served on many non-profit boards in PA-7 including Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley, DeSales University Board of Trustees, Catholic Charities and currently serves on the Board of Marian Catholic High School and Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation. Maria has worked in private sector over 20 years and will be an advocate for our small business owners in D.C. Maria lives in Easton, is a parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua, a practicing attorney, and an avid outdoorswoman.
Policy Priorities
Maria understands the struggles our community is enduring. Strengthening the economy, lowering taxes, supporting small businesses, increasing Pennsylvania manufacturing, championing Election Integrity, Securing our Borders, Supporting our Police, First Responders, & Military, and advocating for educational excellence by empowering parents and teachers to serve the local needs of students are Maria’s top priorities.