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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Congratulations, Class of 2020!

To the Class of 2020,

Congratulations on this momentous occasion!

All of the achievements throughout your academic career are coming to a head. You have proven through hard work and determination that, if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish any goal you set for yourself.

And that’s not to be taken lightly — especially given the unprecedented situation unfolding before us today.

Your family, friends and community are proud of you for your accomplishments — and we look at you with hope for what we know you can achieve for future generations.

You’ve overcome academic challenges, social stresses and any number of other obstacles and pressures. You have prioritized your responsibilities and developed new skills, while also having fun and creating memories that will last a lifetime. These are the things you will take with you as you enter or re-enter the workforce. 

Above all else, though, is the fact that you have invested in yourself. You took that extra step. You had a vision and you stepped toward it. Now is the time to capitalize on your investment.

In the face of this new reality, I encourage you to use the lessons you’ve learned and the skills you’ve acquired to adapt and to find the stepping stones to your career goals. 

COVID-19 may have altered our ability to celebrate and function the way we would have liked, but let’s refuse to let it stifle dreams.  It is but one of many challenges before us that will require your generation’s innovative spirit and tenacity to overcome.

So today, I ask you to continue to work hard, to be bold, and to keep on learning.  And always remember, if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish any goal you set for yourself. In the process, you will help make this world the kind of place you want to live in.

Congratulations, Class of 2020, and best wishes!

Joe Waltz

Candidate for PA 76TH Legislative District