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.

See more event photos here!

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.”

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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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Joe Waltz offers thoughts on racial injustice

Recently, the Centre Daily Times sent questions to Joe Waltz, candidate for PA 76th District State Representative, regarding George Floyd, racial injustice and more.

Here is the Q&A verbatim.

CDT: Did you watch the George Floyd video? If so, what was your initial reaction? (And, if not, why?)

JW: Yes, I did see the George Floyd video. My reaction was one of extreme sadness.

CDT: Do you believe most protests surrounding the movement sparked by George Floyd are peaceful? And would you be supportive of President Trump calling on the Insurrection Act of 1807 to quell civil disorder?

JW: Yes, I do believe most protests, including the ones locally, have been peaceful. For that reason, I feel there is no need for the Insurrection Act of 1807 to be initiated. 

CDT: What, if any, law-enforcement laws or policies should be re-evaluated to prevent an incident similar to George Floyd?

JW: I believe a majority of law enforcement personnel are caring and devoted public servants who are sympathetic to the George Floyd incident and its aftermath.  However, this is one of too many such incidents that have taken place, and the underlying issues need to be addressed on a structural level to ensure our society lives up to the promise of providing equal protections under the law. Policies and programs that encourage law enforcement agencies to build better relationships with the people they serve, to study and recognize racial bias and its implications in their line of duty, to only use reasonable force, and to wear body cameras for accountability are all good places to start. Some departments already have such policies in place, and I am hopeful that these will be reemphasized and reevaluated in light of unfolding events. Ultimately, learning from and being accountable to one another will help us build stronger, safer communities that are just for all residents living in them.

To read the full CDT article, click here.

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June 2: Primary Election Day, Deadline for Mail-in Ballots

Tuesday, June 2 will mark the 2020 Pennsylvania Primary.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, precautions are recommended when going to the polling place. In addition, campaign volunteers will be limited at polling locations to allow voters to cast their ballots safely.

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. 

County Elections Offices

CENTRE COUNTY

Website: www.centrecountypa.gov

Phone: (814) 355-6703

Email: Elections@centrecountypa.gov 

Address: 420 Holmes St., Bellefonte, PA 16823

Hours: Monday through Friday

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CLINTON COUNTY

Website: www.clintoncountypa.com

Phone: (570) 893-4019

Email: mboileau@clintoncountypa.com 

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. 

Sample Ballots

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POLLING LOCATIONS

CENTRE COUNTY

There have been polling location changes for several precincts in Centre County, including two in the 76th District:

Precinct 40 – Burnside Township
From: Pine Glen UMC
To: Pine Glen Fire Company, 1003 Pine Glen Rd, Karthaus

Precinct 14 – Snow Shoe Boro
From: Snow Shoe Borough Bldg
To: Mt. Top Area Elementary School, 100 School Dr, Snow Shoe

Find your polling location | Centre County 


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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