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PA House District 31
Ryan Gallagher (R)

 

If you are elected to the General Assembly, what would some of your views and priorities related to agriculture and our food industry?

 

I understand the importance of agriculture and the food industry in our state, and deeply appreciate the hard work put in by those who work in them. Agriculture and the food industry remain the primary driver of Pennsylvania’s economy and I am committed to policies that help to ensure their continued success.

 

There are a myriad of issues – big and small – that affect the ag- and food industries. For each of them, my question will always be: “What is the right thing to do to help ag and food businesses thrive?”

 

As Representative, I will be a supporter of public pension reform; will support continued adequate funding for the Department of Agriculture and the Penn State Ag Research & Extension programs; deal with issues such as high tunnel ag structures and ensuring the accountability of gas well operators; work for fair and predictable regulation; and, much more.

 

Please provide a narrative about your experience and qualifications

 

I am a lifelong resident of the 31st District and graduated from its public schools before earning my undergraduate and law degrees. Today, I am a small business owner, realtor and attorney. I understand the challenges faced by small business people and want to help change Harrisburg so our state treats job creators more fairly. I am a husband and the proud parent of two children, and my wife, Angelina, also works outside the home as a nurse. This is another perspective I will bring to Harrisburg: that of a husband, father, taxpayer and working person.

 

I have also been honored to serve the people of my local community as their Township Supervisor. In that role, I have been able to successfully build consensus among Republicans and Democrats so that we can address issues important to my community. As Supervisor, I have never raised taxes, reduced debt, and earned my township a higher credit rating. Just as important, we have done this while continuing to provide quality services to residents and make our community more attractive to job creators and employers. I am also proud that we have been able to take steps to protect the natural resources and assets that make my area such a special place to live.

 

I believe this proven experience of building bipartisan support to achieve positive results for the people I serve is something that will translate well to Harrisburg if I am elected State Representative.


 

PA House District 49
Donald “Bud” Cook (R)

 

Having grown up on and worked on farms as a young person, I have a great appreciation for the challenges and concerns of the Pennsylvania farmer.
Having baled hay on the Robinson Dairy Farm as a teenager, I learned that farmers work half day most of the time! I’m fond of sharing that to this day, I work half days, 7am to 7pm and some days more. My father, brother and I had a 40 head beef cattle operation. At twelve I got my first job with our neighbor, cutting meat in his butcher shop. So as you can see from an early age I’ve been in tune with our agricultural and food industry concerns and challenges!

 

On October 10, I attended the annual meeting of the Washington County PFB and found it very informative. The Strategic Priorities for 2016 of the PFB which I have reviewed align with my thoughts as a candidate. I would invite you to visit www.votebudcook.com to view my positions. Burdensome environmental regulations, property tax reform, pension reform combined with my personal passion for wildlife management, are issues we can address together.

 

If elected, my area being heavily populated by Pennsylvania’s No. 1 economic drive gives me hope I will be appointed to serve on the House Ag and Rural Affairs Committee. I fully expect to be a strong advocate for “Right to Farm” issues when presented.

 

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PA House District 49
Alan Benyak (D)

 

If you were elected to the General Assembly, what would be some of your views and priorities related to agriculture and our food industry?

 

My campaign has focused on two key public policy issues: lowering property taxes and rebuilding the economy. In the rural parts of the 49th district, the agriculture industry and its supply chain are the drivers of the economy. As we work to rebuild this region, I will be a staunch advocate for reducing the crushing property taxes that can destroy the industry. Additionally, as we seek to diversify our economy – particularly in coal-reliant counties – I will support efforts that provide incentives to help the Agriculture Industry to grow – that means common-sense regulation and pricing policies, investing in biotechnology, improving our system of roads and bridges, and creating dynamic workforce training programs for young people.

 

Bio
I am an attorney and former Army Major who throughout my life has lived and worked in our some of our state’s most rural counties including Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland. I have a great respect for the influence the agriculture industry has in Pennsylvania and the benefits it provides, particularly with the regard to the economy and the environment.

 

I served four years on active duty and an additional eight years in the Army reserves before leaving the military to start a successful private practice in Charleroi, Washington County, where I serve as municipal solicitor. I am legal counsel to the Municipal Authority of Belle Vernon and a board member and officer of the Donora Public Library. I have served as a solicitor for numerous other boroughs, townships, and community organizations in the area.

 

During the course of my military career, I was appointed to serve as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. I was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Superior Unit Award (Desert Storm), National Defense Service Medal (Desert Storm), Army Achievement Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

 

I earned the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. I was the recipient of an Army ROTC Scholarship upon graduation from Southmoreland High School. I earned a bachelor’s degree at Waynesburg University in 1985 and a law degree from Capital University in 1988.

 

I have been active on the boards of Community Action Southwest Head Start; Community Ambulance Service, Inc.; Washington Township Area Senior Citizens and The Redstone Cemetery. I am a member of the American Legion Post, the Masons and the Sons of Italy.

 

“My background gives me a mature, reasonable approach to public policy that I think we need in the state house,” Benyak said. “Our region is on the cusp of rebuilding and rebranding itself after 30 years of decline. Moving forward, we need someone ready to fight for our interests, and certainly, the interests of our Agriculture industry will be an important part of my role.”


 

PA House District 58
Mary Popovich (D)

 

Priorities Regarding Agriculture and Food Industry Issues:

 

If elected, I will continue to recognize the importance of local, sustainable agriculture, particularly family farms. One of my priorities will be to bring manufacturing capability, such as cheese manufacturing, to my district in order to increase the avenues for the sale of local agriculture products.

 

Lowering property taxes and finding another source of revenue to fully fund our schools is also a priority. Our current property taxes are a burden not just on farmers, but also on seniors and others living on fixed incomes.

 

I also am strongly opposed to any efforts to limit net-metering eligibility of alt?rnative and on-farm energy sources. I fully support legislation to increase the transparency and accountability of gas well operators, as well as legislation to make local tax filings more consistent with state and federal filings.

 

Background:
I am a life-long resident of Westmoreland County. As a child, I lived for a time on my great-aunt's farm. This farm had been passed down to the women in my family for 200 years before I inherited it. Unfortunately, I was forced to sell the farm when I was unable to pay the taxes on it. I hate to see our community's farms being replaced by housing tracts and I recognize the danger to the agricultural community when farms become so scarce that they are viewed as a nuisance by their residential neighbors.

 

As a divorced mother, I worked a variety of low-paying jobs before I started working in the coal mines. After a back injury ended my employment in the mines, I returned to school and earned a Bachelor and Master degree from California University. I have been an assistant professor at Cal U for sixteen years. I also have worked as a volunteer paramedic for 44 years.

 

I am currently in my second term as Mayor of West Newton. Previously I served on the West Newton Council. I have been active in my community my whole life and currently serve as the President of the Lions Club. I also am a member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.


Thank you for your consideration of my candidacy, and I hope to earn your support.


 

PA House District 92
Dawn Keefer (R)

 

If you are elected to the General Assembly, what would be some of your views and priorities related to agriculture and our food industry?


As with most industries in our Commonwealth, the government has overstepped their role in agriculture, setting up a quasi partnership, that ties the hands and financially cripples too many in the agriculture industry. Government’s overreach in terms of regulations is suffocating all businesses, but especially small businesses, which captures a significant portion of those in the agricultural industry. It is time businesses stick together and stop negotiating the terms in which they will comply to regulations, AND vehemently push back. I will diligently scrutinize agencies attempting to usurp legislative intent via stifling regulations. Too many businesses, including farming businesses, are regularly held hostage by bureaucrats and have no legislative recourse. Specifically DEP, from the national level, has strong-armed states to adopt and implement policies that essentially confiscate landowners’ property and property rights, and Pennsylvania seems to have just accepted this. As a small business owner and the wife, daughter-in-law, niece and sister-in-law of small business owners, this is personal for me, and I will not hesitate to challenge this “business as usual” attitude in our state government.

 

Another issue of priority to me is property taxes. This is the most regressive tax in our Commonwealth, as it has absolutely nothing to do with one’s ability to pay. Farmers are forced to sell off their property, acre by acre, in an effort to pay property taxes. Our senior property owners are too frequently forced out of their homes for their inability to pay property taxes, or forced into reversed mortgages. I support HB 76 and would support a similar bill in the future that completely abolishes the property tax, implements an equitable funding formula and shifts to an income and sales tax to fund education.


Please provide a narrative about your experience and qualifications:


I have extensive experience in government at the grass-roots level. I have owned and operated a small business for more than 10 years that focuses on public relations, grass-roots strategy, membership development and fundraising for trade associations and campaigns.

 

The depth of my professional experience began when I assisted Canadian Pacific Railroad with community negotiations as they activated dormant rail lines acquired from Conrail.


I facilitated pivotal meetings with local leaders across the Commonwealth to establish a consistent line of communication, key to the success of their expansion efforts. Building on that experience, I served as the chief of staff for State Representative Will Gabig. As his top advisor, I was in charge of the district office staff and operations, and was responsible for the research, management and tracking of key issues important to district residents, including agriculture, transportation, and education. Handling all agricultural issues for the district, I challenged regulators harassing raw milk producers, participated in stakeholder meetings during oppressive Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy initiatives, and assisted farm owners facing PennDOT & the Turnpike right-away encroachments as well as obstructive zoning ordinances. I was intimately involved in and engaged with the agricultural community in Western Cumberland County. My grandparents and father were raised on farms and today I live in the midst of an agricultural community and appreciate and respect the industry. I have close relationships with the farming community in both Cumberland and York counties. I don’t proclaim to be an expert on all of the issues surrounding agriculture, but I am a strong advocate for my local community, I am a good listener and I am a fighter.

 


PA House District 101
Frank Ryan (R)

 

If you are elected to the General Assembly, what would some of your views and priorities related to agriculture and our food industry?

 

Should I be elected my primary goals include:
a. Pension reform and property tax relief
b. Reduction of state spending through performance audits conducted by the Office of the Auditor General. Significantly reducing the regulatory burden on farmers and small business would be a primary goal.
c. Elimination of waste fraud and abuse through active performance audits and enforcement by regulatory authorities.

 

I recently published a book entitled “Revolutionizing Accounting for Decision Making – Combining lean with Activity Based Costing” which details the specific methodology to use to implement the reforms.



1. Property tax reform and elimination is essential through the following process:
a. Implement pension reform with a defined contribution plan for new employees
b. Implement performance audits of state agencies by the Auditor General’s office with mandatory compliance with audit results to improve cost efficiencies. Cost savings would be used to reduce the pension liability. Current estimates are that this would amount to almost $3 Billion in annual savings. This will provide property tax relief of approximately 15-20% immediately.
c. Enact effective programs to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in medical assistance per Auditor General guidelines to provide $1.5 Billion in annual savings to be used to offset property taxes. This results in approximately a 5-15% reduction in property taxes.
d. The remaining property taxes would be offset in the following ways:
1. State pushing back and demanding Federal reimbursement for unfunded mandates to include for children with disabilities in schools; unfunded first responder mandates and the like. This amounts to approximately 15% of the school district property tax. It is expected to take 2-3 years to achieve this goal.
2. The balance of the property taxes for schools would be shifted to other taxes depending upon the results of community impact analysis.
3. The impact of the Federal Reserve policy of quantitative easing and the negative impact on pension investment returns should be analyzed to determine whether or not the state has a claim against the federal government due to the adverse effects of such policies.

 

Bio


Frank Ryan, CPA, CGMA, MBA, is the president of Semper Finance, Inc, which specializes in lean systems implementations, activity-based costing, strategic and operational risk analyses, and corporate governance evaluations. Frank serves and has served on numerous boards of publicly traded companies and nonprofit organizations. In 2008, he was elected chairman of the board of Good Shepherd Center from which he retired in September 2016. Frank has served as chairman of the audit committees of two publicly traded companies, as well as the audit committee chairman of a major nonprofit organization in Maryland.

 

Frank walked across America in 2016 to raise awareness of the needs of children with emotional, behavioral and developmental disabilities.

 

Frank is an acclaimed author on activity-based costing, lean systems, and enterprise risk, and he lectures for numerous state and national organizations. Currently, he’s a Western CPE conference instructor, self-study author, and webcast presenter. He is a prolific author and has published two books to include: "Life Lessons Learned - Amazing stories of my Walk across America for Children" (available at www.colfrankryan.com) and "Revolutionizing Accounting for Decision Making - Combining the disciplines of lean with activity based costing" (available at www.leanabc.com)



Frank graduated summa cum laude from Mount St. Mary’s College and received his MBA from the University of Maryland in 1977.



A retired Marine reserve colonel, he was recalled to active duty out of retirement in 2004 and served with Multi-National Force—Iraq until June 2005. Before retiring, Frank served during Operation Enduring Freedom and spent time in Afghanistan with the Joint Forces Special Operations Command. His personal military decorations include three Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal. Frank's military expertise includes special operations, civil affairs, and economic warfare. “


 

PA House District 111
Jonathan Fritz (R)

 

If you are elected to the General Assembly, what would some of your views and priorities related to agriculture and our food industry?

 

If elected, I will work to reduce the burdensome, often times heavy-handed regulations that farmers have to contend with. Farmers rely on their property to make a living, they have the highest regard for protecting the well-being of their land. Farmers, along with Penn State Extension and local Conservation Departments have developed "best practices" and applied them to reduce their impact, while maximizing per acre yield. Special interest groups and over-zealous enforcement agencies continue to hamstring the Farmer with undue policy and enforcement. Our Country and our Commonwealth relies on the Farmer for a secure and ready source of food and nourishment. Government, I feel, has a responsibility to provide stability for our food producers. As a member of the General Assembly I will continue to advocate for the Farmer, agriculture in general and will work tirelessly to protect the rural quality of life.

 

Bio

 

I grew up working on a farm. I understand and appreciate the long days, dedication and perseverance that farming requires. After college, I took a position at a local, well established tractor and farm machinery dealership, working my way up to senior management and dealer principal level. Every day was an opportunity to work with and befriend a farmer. Farmers, as a whole, are hard-working, honest and down to earth. That 15 year experience helped shape me into the person and public servant that I am today. Along with my strong agricultural and business background, I am a proud Penn State graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management. My public service resume includes being a pro-business member of a Planning Commission for many years, two terms as a Borough Mayor and two terms as a County Commissioner.


 

PA House District 112
Ernest Lemoncelli (R)

 

Views & Priorities related to Agriculture and our food industry.

 

I am Ernest Lemoncelli and I’m running for State Representative in the 112th District.

 

I must admit I am not as well versed as I would like in all the issues facing farmers today and welcome discussions with PFB to better understand the intricacies and effects of legislation on farm viability. Farming and livestock breeding have changed tremendously with technology and scientifically sound practices but what hasn’t changed is that the weather remains a “roll of the dice” and significantly affects yields and profits.



We now feed more people with less land that ever in history. I believe this is largely due to agricultural programs, education and the application of methods developed through research which increases yields. Our food supply is not only abundant but safe as well. It would be foolish to underfund such programs because the long term effect of underfunding will degrade both future potential yields and perhaps the safety of our food as well.

 

Property tax reform and pension reform must be addressed not only with concern for our agricultural community but for all businesses and the taxpayers of the State.

 

I support the elimination of property tax through increased sales and income tax.

 

Pension reform is overdue and must be addressed soon because it is overwhelming budgets at all levels of government. However, no one should have the rug unfairly pulled out from under their retirement plan. It’s a complex and emotional issue but has to be solved.

 

Inheritance tax hurts family farms and other family businesses. We have to find a way for families to retain their businesses when a death or transfer is required without having to liquidate the business to pay inheritance tax.

 

I would support a single, science based labeling scheme for our food. Let’s keep it simple but let’s be sure it is adequate in the amount of information provided.

 

I don’t have enough information to comment intelligently about the pricing structure of milk/milk products.

 

Transportation infrastructure, wildlife management, natural gas development, electricity and environmental regulations are all important issues, but I can’t address them here in the space allotted. I will say that I will work to reduce unnecessary and costly regulations for the ag community and for all of us in Pennsylvania. I appreciate the opportunity to address these issues with you and look forward to learning more about them.

 

My Background (from www.ernestlemoncelli.com)


I live in Eynon with my wonderful wife Beatriz, in the same house in which I grew up. We have 5 terrific adult children (Federico, Francisco, Eliot, Eric and Marina), four of whom live in Florida and one in London, England, and we have a very old dog too, named Luna. I am a proud active member of the Eynon Sturges Volunteer Hose Company No.3 and serve as the Safety Officer for the Company.
After graduating from Scranton Prep and Bloomsburg University, I began my career in industrial sales of electronic components. I was routinely in the offices and on the factory floors at world class companies such as IBM, Lockheed Martin, Texas Instruments, Intel, NASA and many others. Calling on these world class clients gave me the opportunity to see firsthand how good companies and good jobs benefit the people working there. Some of my skills include successful negotiations, problem solving, budgeting, management and organizational skills and of course, sales.
My parents, Ernest Lemoncelli and Ethel Andreoli, were life-long residents of Eynon. Dad was a coal miner and later became a machinist. He enlisted and served in the Army Air Corp during World War II and attained the rank of Sergeant. Mom worked at Mid-Valley Hospital once my brother Jim & I were older. My Dad’s father, Grandpa Mike, came ashore through Ellis Island as a child and began our more than 100 year family history in this area. Grandpa Mike was a coal miner too. He became a major player in setting up the Union in the coal fields of New Mexico in the early 20th Century.
I enjoy working with the guys at the fire station, golf (even though I stink), the garden and to play the piano once in a while. And the dog.



PA House District 158
Susan Rzucidlo (D)

 

I am the third generation of my family to be actively involved in agriculture, from crop and beef production to horses and mushrooms. I am also a former member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. I created a unique program for PFB’s Food Check-Out Week that taught school children how to shop for healthy food on a tight budget and then donate those much need supplies to our local food banks and cupboards.

 

My qualifications for this office come from decades of real life experience in bringing real-world solutions to government services. For me, being an elected official is not about serving the Party, it’s about serving the people.

 

I have created several statewide safety programs that have not only have made people safer in their communities but also supported our brave first responders. I gifted those programs to the state and so there was no cost to taxpayers.

 

As a private citizen, I worked to eliminate an annual overpayment by the state government of $330 million dollars when we were paying for 31 hours of services per day. (I’ve only found 24 hours in any given day) I believe legislators must be responsible stewards of our tax dollars.

 

I fought to make sure that children who have disabilities and lived in rural areas, were provided the same access to services as children who lived in towns. I did this on my time and on my dime. As your state representative, I will have the opportunity to do more for more people.

 

I have always been a strong supporter of agriculture, not only because of the economic impact of farming in Pennsylvania; creating jobs and supporting our “sister businesses.” But also because if we do not protect farming, our economy and quality of life in Pennsylvania will be greatly diminished.

 

I support:
• A pathway to immigration for hardworking other-nationals
• Protecting the Right-To-Farm
• Real and effective property tax reform.
• Working to address the issue of Lyme Disease in Pennsylvania
• Giving repairs of our roads and bridges a high priority
• The PFB’s position on Sunday hunting.
• Bringing agricultural education programs like the Mobile Ag bus to more students and adults.
• The separation of Church and State.
• PFB’s position on wildlife management

 

As your state representative, I will be a strong independent advocate for agriculture and will team with leaders in Agriculture to better serve the needs of the people of Pennsylvania.


 

PA House District 168
Diane Cornman-Levy (D)

 

If you are elected to the General Assembly, what would be some of your views and priorities related to agriculture and our food industry?


The family farm has always been a bedrock of the American dream. Though today's farmers use iPads rather than almanacs to determine when to plant and harvest, our farms continue to feed not just Pennsylvania, but the world. I welcome the opportunity to highlight some of my positions that are most important to the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. Below are some of the policies I will pursue in Harrisburg.


Education: Every child deserves access to a quality education. We need to restore a fair state-based funding formula for our schools, which are overly dependent on property taxes for funding. And, I fully support a variety of approaches to teaching math, science, research and writing, including through agricultural education. I support a 4% extraction tax on frackers to better fund our schools and relieve the burden on property owners.

 

Environment: Most farmers are committed environmental stewards. Although regulations can help stop bad actors and encourage best practices, when they are overly complex it creates an unfair burden on small operations. I also support conservation easements to preserve open space.

 

Biotech Crops: I support consumers' right to know how their food is grown and believe this can be an advantage to farmers. But inconsistent regulations across state lines are especially burdensome, especially for family farms. I favor federal labeling regulations for GMO crops.

 

Please provide a narrative about your experience and qualifications.

I grew up in a middle-class family and married my college sweetheart. I began a career as a physical therapist and served at public hospitals. In 1991, we moved back to the Philadelphia area to start our family. I taught physical therapy at Thomas Jefferson University. With homelessness at an all time high, I volunteered to provide physical therapy to individuals in shelters, then organized a student-run physical therapy clinic in a homeless shelter, Hands of Hope.

 

Over the last fifteen years, I have served as executive director of three non-profit organizations, two of which I founded. My organizations have provided health and human services to more than 50,000 families. One example: Many urban neighborhoods do not have supermarkets, and their residents do not have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. I spearheaded a project that transformed vacant lots into urban gardens, and trained teens to manage them. During that time, I had first-hand experience with how complex regulations impact small-scale agriculture. I have built strategic partnerships to find solutions to complex social issues including hunger, healthcare, unemployment, education, the rising epidemic of addictions, and crime-reduction strategies. I have witnessed first-hand the power of individuals coming together around a shared set of goals.

 

The issues that I care deeply about – quality education for all, substance abuse treatment and prevention, and smart growth policies that protect our environment and strengthen the middle class – directly impact many hard-working Pennsylvanians, including farmers. I will bring my experience as a non-profit leader and builder of partnerships across the political spectrum to Harrisburg, where I will do everything possible to improve our quality of life.


 

PA Senate District 9
Martin Molloy (D)

 

If you are elected to the General Assembly, what would be some of your views and priorities related to agriculture and our food industry?


Agriculture and its related industries represent Pennsylvania's present and future and I am committed to making sure that we remain strong for our growers. The issues and solutions I will focus on, once in Harrisburg, include:
· Ensuring that the roads and bridges throughout the commonwealth are not only repaired, but I will work with PennDOT to look at creative ways, like the use of dynamic signage, so we can more efficiently support the transportation needs of the agriculture industry. This is a particularly important concern expressed to me by the mushroom growers in the 9th Senatorial District.


· Focusing on agriculture education and workforce development. Many farmers have expressed concerns about an aging workforce and the burden of young farmers to enter this industry. Thinking about the supply and demand of quality opportunities, I would like to use a combination of initiatives, including an "FHA-type" program that can allow qualified farmers to purchase their first small acreage plots with little money down, Keystone Opportunity Zones for Agriculture to build a range of supports from Block Grant funding to Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credits to support expanded learning opportunities for young farmers and agricultural education.


· Revitalizing farm labor, which has proven to be a key issue for many growers across that state. While there is much to do at the national level in terms of immigration reform, Pennsylvania can be a leader and innovator in ensuring that we have a consistent and well-trained workforce to support our growers across the Commonwealth.


· Using technology to ease the regulatory burden on farmers and businesses throughout the Commonwealth, especially as it related to coordinating with the USDA and the myriad state agencies involved with producing our food.


Please provide a narrative about your experience.


A native of Chester County, Marty has a Bachelor's in Political Science and a Master's Degree in Public Administration. Marty has spent his entire career in service to others as an educator, non-profit executive, and advocate for vulnerable populations. Working in the non-profit sector, Marty has a proven track record of bringing diverse stakeholders together around issues and getting results. His ability to build strong partnerships in higher education, curriculum development and in workforce development have been recognized nationally by the Gates Foundation, the Starbucks Foundation and Jobs for the Future. Marty lives in Nether Providence Township with his two children and wife of 15 years.


 

PA Senate District 13
Scott Martin (R)

 

If you are elected to the General Assembly, what would be some your views and priorities related to agriculture and our food industry?


The agricultural industry is key to our state’s economic well-being, and my priority will be to support common sense policies that help ensure its continued success. On issues ranging from the importance of funding for Department of Agriculture programs and Penn State agricultural research and extension programs, to ensuring that state regulations are fair and consistent, to allowing greater flexibility for agricultural based businesses to help farms thrive, I will always look to ways to support the agricultural and food industry. Further, I will – as I did as a Lancaster County Commissioner – always seek the advice and counsel of agricultural industry leaders in my community and across the state.

 

Please provide a narrative about your experience and qualifications.


Unlike many who run for public office at the state government level, I have a record that people can examine to determine what kind of elected official I will be. As a Lancaster County Commissioner for two terms, I focused on providing common sense leadership that actually changed how our county government operates. My record includes reducing debt, downsizing government, supporting programs to improve public safety, and never voting for a tax increase. In addition, I have built deep relationships with the agriculture industry that is so important to Lancaster County and our state. As Senator, I will have the advantage of being able to call on longtime professional relationships with farmers, ag-based business leaders, and others in the ag and food industry to hear their views on pending legislation as well as their ideas on what we can do better as a state to address their concerns. Additionally, former Senator Noah Wenger is a key advisor in my campaign and I will also look to him regarding issues important to Pennsylvania agriculture.