Olympic Gold Medalist Marty Nothstein Announces Bid for Congress in PA-15

OREFIELD, Pa. -- Marty Nothstein, a two-time Olympic medalist who won gold in the 2000 games, today announced he'll seek the Republican nomination for Congress for the open seat in Pennsylvania's 15th District. Nothstein announced his candidacy in a video outlining his background and conservative principles at www.martyforpa.com.

Nothstein, a resident of Orefield, Lehigh County, serves as a chairman of the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners, currently runs his own small business and operates a non-profit organization promoting bicycling programs for youngsters. Nothstein also owns and works his family farm, and has been active in land conservation.

"I'm not a career politician, and I see things through the eyes of husband, a father, and someone who's had to make a payroll," Nothstein said. "Washington is a mess. Too many people in Congress think 'good enough' will do. Well, 'good enough' is not good enough for me. I'm going there to fight for conservative solutions and actually carry them across the finish line."

"Career politicians see Congress as a paycheck. As a small businessman and a conservative outsider, I believe Congress is supposed to work for the people - not the other way around. Over the next few months, I will be traveling to every corner of this district, carrying the conservative message of fiscal restraint, balanced budgets, and traditional values that reflect the kind of nation we need to be," Nothstein said.

Nothstein grew up in Lehigh County and spent his youth pursuing Olympic gold as a cyclist. He won a silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games, holds three world titles, and returned to take gold in Sydney, Australia four years later.

The 15th Congressional District comprises all of Lehigh County, and portions of Northampton, Berks, Dauphin, and Lebanon counties.

Tyler Trumbauer