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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PSEA endorses Joe Waltz for 76th House District

On March 23, the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) announced that it would be endorsing Joe Waltz for Pennsylvania House District 76 in the 2020 primary election.

“On behalf of our 180,000 plus members and over 1.5 million school children served by our membership, we thank you for your commitment to public education,” PSEA President Richard W. Askey and PSEA-PACE Chairman Joe Scheuermann said.

Waltz, who served 34 years as an educator within the Keystone Central School District before retiring in 2007, has indicated he will be a strong advocate for quality public education in rural Pennsylvania.

“I am honored to receive the support of the Pennsylvania State Education Association,” said Waltz. “I have seen how education can transform and uplift lives on both personal and professional levels. I pledge to support our schools; fight for quality public education, as well as college and technical education offerings; and stand up against unfunded mandates from Harrisburg that overburden our schools.

“We are in an unprecedented time, where our schools are closed and our educators and school administrators are grappling with how to conduct virtual, yet fairly-accessible courses. I will advocate for investments in high-speed broadband internet in rural Pennsylvania to ensure our schools — as well as our public health system and small businesses — can operate remotely when necessary and remain competitive,” Waltz said.

Waltz said his campaign is focused on the issues that keep people awake at night — including good jobs and decent pay; quality public education; fiscal responsibility and accountability to the taxpayer; and public health and accessibility to affordable healthcare. He is seeking the Democratic nomination in the June 2 primary election.

Learn more about Joe Waltz’s campaign to represent Pennsylvania’s 76th House District at www.ElectJoeWaltz.com.


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