Originally from Alburtis, ClenRoy Geist began his entertainment career at age 13 by joining his father and older brother as a minstrel show singer in Longswamp.
In 1949, Geist became a member of a local country group, Earl Keller and the Melody Rangers. When one of the end men, (literally the band members who sat at the open ends of the rows) left the group, Keller asked Geist to fill the role of the band’s comedian. Geist accepted and Elmer was born.
Eight candidates, six Democrats and two Republicans are seeking the seat that represents the new 7th Congressional District.
This district was approved by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Jan. 22 and includes all of Lehigh and Northampton counties and the southern portion of Monroe County that includes Stroudsburg.
The area is represented by Congressman Charlie Dent, who announced he is resigning as representative from the former 15th Congressional District later this month.
The Press asked candidates to answer the following question: Why did you decide to run for office?