First virtual Cup of Joe showcases concerns of 76th District residents

On Monday, April 20th, Joe Waltz, candidate for Pennsylvania’s 76th House District, candidly spoke with voters on a number of topics during his first ever Virtual Cup of Joe Town Hall.

Participants were able to sign up and submit questions in advance. In addition, questions were submitted through Zoom during the call.

Waltz answered questions in detail, and they ranged in terms of subject, including: whether or not public schools are fairly funded, plans to revitalize the local economy, educational opportunities for the district, how to best support our residents during this pandemic, thoughts on gun rights and recreational marijuana, ways to protect the environment, how to fight for equality in our area, and where funds are most needed in combating the opioid epidemic.

For example, when asked about where states can be impactful on climate change, Waltz offered the following ideas, “Well there are a number of things. For example, states could create financial incentives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I think the states could require a certain percentage of electricity to come from renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar.”

And when asked about his thoughts on public kindergarten, Waltz said he thinks it’s a good idea. “It allows every student in the district the opportunity to reach their highest potential,” he noted.

Referencing various statistics and case studies throughout the event, Waltz also sprinkled in messages of hope, plans for progress and candidly hit home how he would provide a different type of leadership in Harrisburg. He emphasized the fact that the 76th District is “not a single-issue district,” and there are many fronts that need to be addressed to continue to help our rural communities thrive.

Waltz reiterated that his shared experiences with so many people in the 76th District will allow him to represent the area effectively while championing new opportunities and confronting challenges. From growing up on a farm, to struggling to pay bills in college to struggling to pay student loans afterwards, to challenges entrepreneurs face and the complexities of living on a fixed income or caring for a loved one in a nursing home, Joe said he understands the challenges people face and will fight for solutions.


While the campaign to elect Joe Waltz initially envisioned hosting “Cup of Joe” outreach events around the 76th District, where residents could enjoy a cup of fresh coffee while talking with Joe about their ideas and concerns, current circumstances required a new format. The campaign decided to salvage the concept and take it virtual, using Zoom video conferencing and later other live social media appearances. These town halls provide an opportunity for community members to come together, ask Joe questions and learn more about his campaign to represent Pennsylvania’s 76th District in Harrisburg.

More Virtual Cup of Joe Town Hall events are being planned and will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

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