Voters explain how Joe Waltz earned their votes

In a new campaign ad released by the Friends of Joe Waltz, Republicans and Democrats come together to express how Waltz earned their vote.

The ad will be airing on television across the 76th District.

Featuring Republicans and Democrats, the 76th District voters start out by stating that their votes are not easy to earn. They go on to explain some of the things that are important to them in a state representative.

“I want a representative who is accessible to everyone.”
“I want to see how my representative can stand up in a debate.”
“Working across the aisle to bring funding and resources to our area is part of the job.”

These phrases are shared by the participants — showing a common thread that extends beyond party lines.

The ad ends with voters assuredly stating, “Joe Waltz has earned my vote.”

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Rural Pennsylvania Deserves a Rural Bill of Rights

On September 17th, in recognition of Constitution Day, I spent time with fellow candidates in Harrisburg to celebrate and sign the Rural Bill of Rights, which strives to protect and promote access to affordable healthcare, infrastructure investments, broadband internet, clean air and more for the people living in rural Pennsylvania. 

Over the past nine or so months, I’ve heard from hundreds of residents in our district about the challenges they face.  And while each story is unique, there are common threads. Threads that go back generations in our area. 

Many of us have experienced or know someone who has experienced difficulty accessing affordable healthcare or who has had to travel long distances for routine care. We all have heard about the infrastructure issues facing our communities, including bridge repairs that have stalled out without funding. We’ve experienced or witnessed problems with broadband in the era of COVID-19, when classes, work and so much more have pushed us all online even longer. And we all have concerns about our water, air and environment being cared for in a way that it is able to be enjoyed for future generations.

Too often rural communities are viewed as places removed from the halls where decisions are made and where resources are retrieved but not rewarded. We know the impacts of our communities are no less important than those of cities; however, rural communities do not always receive the investments they deserve. 

It’s time our voices are heard in Harrisburg. That’s why I support the Rural Bill of Rights. And that’s why I’m running to be your next state representative.

Tenants of the Rural Bill of Rights:

  1. Access to Hospitals and Affordable Healthcare
  2. Access to Broadband and Cell Phone Service
  3. Access to Public Transportation
  4. Investment in Public Education
  5. Protection and Growth of Family Farms
  6. Access to Good Paying Jobs and Worker Protections
  7. Infrastructure Investments
  8. Support of Local Businesses
  9. Access to Clean Air, Water and Land
  10. Upholding the Pa. and U.S. Constitutions.

– Joe Waltz


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‘Joe’s Roots’: Waltz Campaign Releases Video to Help Voters Get to Know Joe

Joe Waltz, candidate for PA House District 76, today announced the release of a campaign video meant to help voters of the 76th District get to know Waltz’s story. 

“Joe’s Roots” gives voters a deeper look at Joe Waltz — beyond the classroom and basketball court. In the 3-minute video, Waltz shares details about his parents, his upbringing, and his love for this place we call home.

“My roots here are deep and wide. I understand the people, the challenges and the opportunities in our communities. As state representative, I want to help our area prosper for generations to come,” he explains. 

“I hope this short video helps people get a better understanding of who I am and how our common experiences will help guide me in Harrisburg,” Waltz said of the video, which was voluntarily produced by residents of the 76th District in collaboration with the candidate.

Waltz earned the nomination of the Democratic Party in the June 2 Primary. Learn more about his campaign at www.ElectJoeWaltz.com

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Joe Waltz: LHU, staff make our community stronger

During my nearly 5 decades of living in Clinton County I’ve had the opportunity to meet and interact with many people associated with Lock Haven University and, of course, this would include faculty members. The repercussions that would come with losing 47 faculty and a total of 100 staff positions at LHU would impact not just the university, but also the social and economic health of our community.

First, I worry for the 47 people who would lose their livelihoods and health care during a global pandemic. Kids will be pulled out of our elementary schools, small businesses will lose employees, businesses will lose the revenue of 47 families who may have to leave our area. We will lose friends and neighbors who currently make our community a better place to live.

I worry for the students who have the benefit of close contact with their teachers. With a current class ratio of 14 students to every 1 teacher, LHU students are getting personalized mentorships and professional development from their teachers. By cutting faculty along with whole programs and majors, those class sizes will balloon, pulling support from students who choose Lock Haven for these reasons. Foundational courses teach effective communication and critical thinking, along with other skills that are important to lifelong learning and civic engagement.

As the first person in my family to go to college, I know how hard the decision to choose a college can be. Students and faculty look at the opportunities beyond the school and how they can become a part of the community. We need to come together and find ways to secure funding for our state schools. They are vital to supporting our communities economically and socially, and they make our towns stronger for all of us.

– Joe Waltz


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Central PA Building and Construction Trades Council endorses Joe Waltz for 76th House District

The Central PA Building & Construction Trades Council recently voted to officially endorse Joe Waltz for state representative in Pennsylvania House District 76. 

The Council represents thousands of skilled workers regionally, including members of the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 520.  These skilled workers build commercial, industrial, residential, transportation, water and energy infrastructure projects across our region.  

“As rural communities look to compete, having safe bridges, commercial infrastructure, capacity to expand residential areas, diversified energy sources and access to high-speed broadband internet will be critical,” said Waltz. “I will work with all stakeholders to find cost-effective solutions to these challenges, while also supporting a fair wage and safety for workers.”

Waltz, who served 34 years as an educator within the Keystone Central School District before retiring in 2007, previously earned the support of the PSEA (Pennsylvania State Education Association), APSCUF (Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties), PA AFL-CIO (PA American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations), and AFSCME Council 13 (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees). Waltz supports workers rights and efforts to help attract new job opportunities to the 76th District.

Waltz’s campaign is focused on the people and matters that impact their daily lives, such as good jobs and decent pay; quality education; fiscal responsibility and accountability to the taxpayer; and public health and accessibility to affordable healthcare.


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Joe Waltz earns three union endorsements for 76th House District

Three Pennsylvania labor unions this week announced they will be endorsing Joe Waltz for state representative in Pennsylvania House District 76. The unions include Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, AFSCME Council 13, and APSCUF.

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations) and AFSCME Council 13 (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) indicated they are recommending Waltz to their members because of his strong support for workers and local government employees in Pennsylvania.

“We support candidates that believe in a strong system of public higher education in the Commonwealth and share our union values,” said Jamie Martin, president of APSCUF (Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties). APSCUF represents faculty members and coaches employed at Pennsylvania’s 14 publicly owned universities, including Lock Haven University.

“I am humbled to receive the support of the AFSCME Council 13, AFL-CIO and APSCUF,” Waltz said. “These unions support the rights of working people and also provide opportunities for employees to acquire valuable skills for the 21st century economy. I pledge to work alongside our local officials, public employees, private industry workers and the education community to help develop meaningful solutions to existing challenges and new opportunities for our district.”

Waltz, who served 34 years as an educator within the Keystone Central School District before retiring in 2007, previously earned the support of the PSEA (Pennsylvania State Education Association). He has indicated his commitment to working with local elected officials as well as state, county and municipal employees to ensure Harrisburg is hearing their concerns. Waltz has also been vocal about his intention to support workers rights and help attract new job opportunities to the 76th District.

Waltz’s campaign is focused on the people and matters that impact their daily lives, such as good jobs and decent pay; quality education; fiscal responsibility and accountability to the taxpayer; and public health and accessibility to affordable healthcare.


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Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman endorses Joe Waltz for 76th House District

On August 11, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman endorsed Joe Waltz for the 76th House District seat.

The endorsement featuring the lieutenant governor came to the 76th District via a virtual Zoom event due to COVID-19 and related mitigation efforts. A small crowd gathered for the event at the Campaign Headquarters at 108 Bellefonte Ave., and others joined via Zoom to listen in.

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you Joe for running,” Fetterman said. “I wish I could be there in person with all of you, but today is a different day…. I am proud to give a full-throated endorsement to Joe.”

Waltz, who served 34 years as an educator within the Keystone Central School District before retiring in 2007, won the Democratic nomination for the 76th District in the primary. He has indicated he will be a strong advocate for all of the people in the 76th District by focusing on tackling the issues that will help improve the quality of life for area residents and encourage population growth and retention.

“My campaign for the 76th District is focused on the people, and Lieutenant Governor Fetterman has shown through his various listening tours across the state that he too is concerned about hearing from all the people,” said Waltz. “I am thankful to Lieutenant Governor Fetterman for his endorsement.”

Office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday through the Nov. 3 election. Waltz is available at the office on Tuesdays between 10 a.m. and noon.


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This Campaign is about the People!

By now, you know that my name is Joe Waltz and I’m running for state representative in Pennsylvania’s 76th District.

I am running for state representative because I know the 76th is not a single-issue district, that we deserve a representative who puts people over partisanship and rhetoric, and that we need a representative who will represent everyone in the 76th District respectfully and with an open mind.  

In short, this campaign is about People Over Party.

My goal is to fight for all the people of rural Pennsylvania and ensure we are not left behind by Harrisburg or left out due to partisan politics. I intend to do this by being pragmatic and focusing on issues that impact people’s everyday lives — including jobs and the economy, affordable education, and quality infrastructure, such as high-speed internet and safe bridges. 

These are some of my priorities because I believe that bettering these areas will help improve the quality of life for our District’s residents and attract people to our area. However, these are also my priorities because I have heard the people of the 76th District — people who’ve spoken to me while at the store, during my town halls, on a phone call, or at a municipal meeting — and these issues, which may not make newspaper headlines, are the ones on their minds.

I’ve heard concerns ranging from seniors living on fixed incomes as property taxes rise to workers finding good paying, family-sustaining jobs in our area; to children growing up in the same community their parents did while facing a whole new set of environmental and social challenges; to our brave volunteer firemen being adequately funded; to the lack of high-speed internet access in our rural communities; to the early impacts of climate change; to the lack of civility in Harrisburg, and so many more. COVID-19 has certainly complicated all of our lives in a big way as well.

If you share any of these concerns — then you too are, in a sense, running for state representative. You have a stake in this game. And this campaign is yours to share. 

When I’m your state representative and someone walks into my office or calls me on the phone, I promise you the last thing on my mind will be whether they are a Republican or a Democrat, a conservative or a liberal or other. They will be a constituent. Whether they are white collar, blue collar, or no collar, they will be a constituent. Regardless of their race, gender or religion, they will be a constituent. A constituent I will listen to and, due to mutual respect, hopefully shake hands with (or elbow bump!) at the end, and if not, I will look at it as my failure.

As someone I respect once said, “Today, more than ever, we need more of ‘WE THE PEOPLE’ and less of ‘THOSE PEOPLE.’” I truly believe that all of us in the 76th District have a whole lot more in common than we do differences. Yes, there are many issues but I believe that WE THE PEOPLE can find solutions. We are all citizens of this great, big, beautiful Commonwealth and WE THE PEOPLE can, and must, work together to bring success and prosperity to the 76th for generations to come.

– Joe Waltz


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Joe Waltz opens campaign office in Lock Haven

On July 1, Joe Waltz, Democratic nominee for state representative in Pennsylvania’s 76th House District, officially opened his campaign headquarters in Lock Haven.

Over 50 people stopped in for the midweek grand opening event, which featured a ribbon cutting, a brief speech by Waltz, light refreshments and snacks. Masks were provided at the door and the ribbon cutting and speech streamed live on Facebook due to COVID-19.

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The office, located at 108 Bellefonte Ave., is being shared with the Clinton County Democratic Party.  Anyone interested in learning more about Waltz’s campaign, getting yard signs, volunteering for the campaign, or registering to vote, are encouraged to stop in. Office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday through the Nov. 3 election.

Waltz thanked all the volunteers who cleaned, decorated and prepared the office for the grand opening. He also encouraged people to get involved in the campaign.

“Now that we have a nice office, and now that we have a large enough office that we can follow social distancing protocol, we need help. We need people to come in and volunteer their time, whether it’s an hour, whether it’s five hours, whether it’s 10 minutes a day for a week,” Waltz said, before explaining why people have a vested interest in his campaign.

“My name is on the ballot, but let’s be honest, I’m not the only one in this room that’s running for office. Every single one of you right here, right now, in this room, is also running for office. Everybody in 76th District is also running for office,” he explained. “I feel that at this point in my life, I have so much in common with everybody…. When I win, you’re going to win. When I go to Harrisburg, you’re going to go to Harrisburg. And due to all of the common life stories, the common life experiences we have, I will simply be your voice in Harrisburg.”

In closing, Waltz said he will listen to everybody.

“My idea of a ‘politician’ is not just to be a representative; it’s to be a helper…. I don’t care if you’re young or old, I don’t care if you’re a man or a woman, I don’t care what race, I don’t care what religion, I don’t care who you love … If you call me, if you walk in my office, if you send me an email, at the moment I answer that phone, at the moment I open that email, at the moment you walk in that door — you are a constituent. I don’t care if you’re a Republican, Democrat, other; you’re a constituent. And that’s the kind of representative I want to be.”

Anyone wishing to volunteer at the campaign headquarters is encouraged to sign up here.


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Joe Waltz Campaign Headquarters Opens July 1

A shared campaign headquarters for the Friends of Joe Waltz, the committee established to support Joe Waltz’s campaign for Pennsylvania’s 76th Legislative District, and the Clinton County Democratic Party will open on July 1.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. during the grand opening event, which will also feature light snacks and refreshments. An online component of the opening will be streamed on Facebook as well, so that people can also tune in remotely.

Located at 108 Bellefonte Avenue in Lock Haven, the campaign headquarters will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday from July 1 through the Nov. 3 election. The office will be closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

The office, which will follow social distancing guidelines and safety protocols set forth by the state and the CDC, will be a place where the public can learn more about Joe Waltz and other Democrats seeking office, obtain yard signs, volunteer for campaigns, and register to vote.

Anyone wishing to volunteer at the campaign headquarters is encouraged to sign up here.


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