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.