Here are some things to know about the June 2 Primary.
RETURN MAIL-IN BALLOTS
Registered voters across Pennsylvania were able to apply to vote by mail through May 26. Those who applied and received ballots must return their ballots to their County Elections Office by 8 p.m. on June 2 for their vote to be counted.
If you do not believe your ballot will arrive via mail on time, consider personally delivering your ballot to your respective Elections Office.
Address: 2 Piper Way, Suite 309, Lock Haven, PA 17745
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday – 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Note: If you applied for a mail-In ballot but did not return it, you may complete a provisional ballot at your polling location on election day.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE POLLS
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 2.
While inside the polling place, voters are asked to not discuss political subjects. Election officials may ask your name, address and possibly your date of birth. After determining you are eligible to vote, you will be asked to sign your name in the poll book.
(Editor’s note: The message below is the transcript from the above video featuring Joe Waltz.)
Hello fellow residents of Clinton and Centre Counties. For those of you who may not know me yet, my name is Joe Waltz, and I am running to be your next State Representative in Pennsylvania’s 76th House District.
Today, I wanted to come to you with a message of understanding, hope and compassion, and to reflect on our communities’ proven resilience.
We have seen unprecedented changes unfolding in our lives over the past several weeks. The importance of things we once may have taken for granted now shines bright: the camaraderie of family and friends, good health, a clean natural environment, tasty food and the ability to go out and enjoy our favorite establishments.
But that doesn’t mean we’re not all grappling with hard realities.
Children, teenagers and young adults who would typically be in school right now are home, with school not coming back in session and extracurriculars put on hold. Employees — and many employers — are now unable to work. The small businesses, and organizations, that make our communities unique and provide the services and products we all cherish are struggling to keep afloat. Seniors and people with immune deficiencies are facing higher risks. Everyone is weary, afraid of getting sick, and worried about losing loved ones. They’re also afraid of not being able to put food on the table, about having to choose between an electricity bill or a healthcare fee.
Yes, the economic impact for our area is deep and sadly we’re not out of the woods yet. But, there are lights shining at the end of the tunnel.
Agencies, organizations, and governments are stepping up in various ways to help alleviate the burdens families are facing right now. Public health officials in the White House have outlined a strategic path to reopening businesses and industries that have been put on standby the past few weeks. These guidelines for when and how to reopen are based on scientific research and are being implemented across the country by officials from both parties.
This isn’t a time for partisan politics or to point fingers and place blame. It’s a time for us to come together, to provide a sense of community when people need it most, and to do what must be done to deal with this virus and get our communities back on track.
With some precautions in place, businesses deemed “non-essential” during this shutdown will soon be able to open their doors once more. That doesn’t mean the pain caused by the past several weeks will disappear. I urge everyone to consider how they can support local businesses now and once things are getting back to normal — either through the purchase of gift cards, online and takeout orders, or a simple donation.
We are living through an unparalleled time and there’s no blueprint or set of directions for any of us to follow. As we continue to take in new information about the virus, how and where it is spreading, what can be done to mitigate it, and when we can begin moving forward, take it day by day. Please listen to the professionals who rely on factual data, take every precaution now as well as after things open up again, and try to stay hopeful. Together we can beat this.
Throughout this ordeal, I’ve heard over and over again the idea that “We’re all in this together.” I couldn’t agree more. And I think it’s something that we should all remember as we pull through this.
Our area has fought back against what, at times, have felt like insurmountable odds: ravaging floods, the loss of major industries, and compounded economic hardships. We have proven our resilience in more ways than one, finding ways to protect, sustain and uplift our communities. We come together when it matters most.
And this situation is no different. It’s evident in the food drives that have popped up or expanded to help families in need, the hand-drawn rainbows in windows that serve as nodes of hope, and in the gesture of wearing a mask to protect a neighbor.
Lastly, I just want to remind everyone that my campaign has developed a resource page for people impacted by Covid-19 that is being updated regularly, and we are continuing to plan virtual events to hear from 76th District residents. You can learn more at www.ElectJoeWaltz.com/coronavirus-assistance.
Thank you to all of the healthcare providers, emergency services professionals, organizations, agencies, and individuals helping people in this time of need. And thanks also to everyone working in essential industries — from grocery store clerks to production line technicians, to hospital janitorial staff and everyone in between — for showing up every day and continuing to ensure the vital needs of our communities are met.
Stay safe and I hope to soon see you all out and about soon, enjoying the camaraderie of loved ones and the unique assets our communities have to offer.
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.
Every candidate for public office must get a certain number of signatures from electors in their district in order to be placed on the Primary Election ballot. There is a short, three-week window to do this.
Several events have been planned to help make it easier to sign petitions.
Joe Waltz, candidate for PA House District 76, will be present at each of the events.
Can you collect petition signatures for Joe?
We’ll be door-knocking before or after three of the petition events:
February 8 (12-2 p.m. in Avis)
February 9 (1-3 p.m. in Beech Creek)
February 15 (10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in South Renovo)
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.
Joe Waltz, 68, of Lock Haven, PA, has announced his candidacy for the 76th State House seat.
He will be seeking the Democratic nomination in the April 28th Primary election.
After serving 34 years as an educator, Waltz retired from the Keystone Central School District in 2007.
“I’m running for State Representative because I believe that commonsense, compromise and reforms can make our government more effective and efficient,” said Waltz. “My life experiences and years of public service make me uniquely qualified to represent the people of the 76th District.”
Waltz said his campaign will focus on the issues that keep people awake at night — jobs and decent pay; quality, affordable education; fiscal responsibility and accountability to the taxpayer.
“Our area has many attractive qualities for businesses, and I will work tirelessly to encourage business growth and new opportunities for residents,” said Waltz. “In addition, I saw firsthand how education can transform and uplift lives. I will support our schools, fight for quality college and technical education offerings, and stand up against unfunded mandates in Harrisburg that overburden our schools.”
Waltz also noted that he will champion quality infrastructure — including roads, bridges, and broadband internet, as well as a safe environment for rural Pennsylvania.
“Roads, bridges, broadband … these are vital to the success of rural Pennsylvania. They directly impact our ability to properly compete in the modern economy and access educational resources, job opportunities, and health services,” Waltz said.
Waltz has been a resident of Clinton County for nearly 50 years. He was raised on a farm in Lycoming County and graduated from Montoursville High School in 1969. He earned a degree in education from Mansfield University in 1973. Waltz has been married to the former Stephanie Klecker, a retired small business owner and Clinton County native, for 37 years.
Waltz is a member of the Lock Haven Kiwanis, Clinton County Historical Society, and Clinton County Economic Partnership; a social member of Lock Haven Sons of Italy; and a former member of PA Interscholastic Athletic Association. Waltz was chairman of the Clinton County Democratic Committee from 2014-2018. He also served on the City of Lock Haven Planning Commission.