defeated her in the Republican primary, and went on to win in the general election. Karen never got over it. When Kevin Deely ran against Simmons two years later (and lost), she was a major supporter. Now she's running her son, Mike Beyer.
According to voting records, Beyer was living and voting in Northampton County between 2004 and 2010. He skipped out on the elections in 2007, 2008 and 2011.
In 2012, he voted in the general election in Pittsburgh. Last year, he didn't vote at all.
When he did vote, it was as a Republican. But last Monday, he dropped in at the Voter Register's office and changed his party registration to Democrat.
Beyer could never beat Simmons as a Republican, so he switched sides. So his switch is not a matter of conscience, but a matter of convenience.