LOCK HAVEN — It was standing room only at the official campaign kick-off event held by Joe Waltz, who seeks to become the next State Representative for Pennsylvania’s 76th House District.
On Saturday, February 1, 2020, Waltz was met with over 100 supporters and community members interested in learning more about his campaign at Avenue 209 Coffee Shop, 209 Bellefonte Ave.
Waltz said he hoped to answer two questions for those in attendance: why is he running and why should voters support him.
“The simple answer is that I think I’m uniquely qualified to take your concerns and stories to Harrisburg,” Waltz said. “As an educator for nearly four decades, I had the honor of teaching generations of families in the 76th District. I heard the concerns of students, parents, teachers, and grandparents… Many of those concerns were ones I have shared, and that’s because of the common experience I share with so many residents of the 76th District.”
Waltz listed several issues important to his campaign and described how his personal experiences with those issues make him the right person for the job.
Waltz explained that he grew up on a farm in Lycoming County, that he was the first in his family to attend college, and that he understood the struggles young adults face when it comes to student loan debt. His father, a volunteer firefighter, helped to found a fire company in Lycoming County. His wife, the former Stephanie Kleckner, owned a small business.
These experiences helped shape his campaign.
Joe said if elected he will stand up for farmers, firefighters, and senior citizens on fixed incomes. He will fight against the rising cost of education and for affordable health care. He will support legislation that seeks to encourage family-sustaining job opportunities in the 76th District. He will work to protect and leverage the region’s abundant natural resources as a way to stimulate the local economy.
“I truly believe that all of us in the 76th District have a whole lot more in common than we do differences,” he said. “I want to tell Harrisburg your story. And I want to fight to make some of our common concerns less concerning, some of our shared hopes a reality.”
Before concluding his remarks, Waltz encouraged people to get involved in the campaign, whether through volunteering, donating or hosting an event.
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For more information on how to get involved in the campaign, visit www.ElectJoeWaltz.com/get-involved.