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Olympic cyclist Marty Nothstein in race for US Congress seat

Published April 25, 2018

OREFIELD, Pa. (BRAIN) — Olympic gold medalist and three-time world champion cyclist Marty Nothstein is seeking the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District.


Nothstein, 47, has been active in politics since 2015, when he won a seat on the Board of Commissioners of Lehigh County. He is now chairman of that board. He is also chairman of the Valley Preferred Cycling Center, a velodrome in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania.

Last year, he announced he was running for Congress in the state’s 15th Congressional District, but following the release of a new district map the state Supreme Court imposed on Feb. 19, he found himself in the newly drawn 7th District, and he quickly registered to run in that district. He has one Republican rival for the nomination, Dean Browning, who is a former Lehigh County commissioner. Six Democrats are seeking their party’s nomination in the May 15 primary.

According to his campaign website, Nothstein is a conservative Republican. He is pro life, supports ending Obamacare, defending the 2nd Amendment, increased border security and is calling for 8-year term limits for U.S. Congress.

"America is the land of limitless opportunity. However, too often, Washington fails us because career politicians are only looking out for themselves and their friends. Instead of tax reform and health care reform, we get gridlock and cronyism,” he said on the site. “That has to stop.”

Nothstein won his first world championship medal in 1993, when he took the silver in the keirin. He won a silver medal in the sprint in the 1996 Olympics and a gold in the event in 2000. He switched to domestic road racing in 2001, racing for the Mercury Viatel team and then the Navigators Insurance Cycling Team before retiring in 2006.

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