OREFIELD, Pa. (BRAIN) — Olympic cyclist Marty Nothstein won Tuesday’s Republican primary for Pennsylvania’s 7th U.S. House district. Nothstein beat Dean Browning for the nomination with 16,004 votes, or 50.5 percent. He will face Democrat Susan Wild in the general election. Wild beat five other Democrats and took 15,001 votes.
Nothstein, 47, is a three-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist on the track who went on to race as a pro on the domestic road circuit. He 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 chairman of the Valley Preferred Cycling Center, a velodrome in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania.
He announced last fall that he would run in the GOP primary in the state’s 15th Congressional District, but following the release of a new district map the state Supreme Court imposed in February, he found himself a resident in the newly drawn 7th District, and he quickly registered to run in that district.
A video of Nothstein’s victory speech is on the website of the local newspaper The Morning Call.