2018 Election CenterVote Tuesday, November 6
Hello and welcome to the Warren County 2018 Election Center, where we’ll do our best to keep you up to date on all data related to the 2018 Municipal Election. There are numerous statewide races to keep an eye on as well local races to follow. Below is a list of candidates on the ballot in 2018, followed by some general information gathered from the internet along with links to campaign sites. If you have any questions, please contact the County’s Elections Director, Lisa Rivett via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 814-728-3406.
United States Senator
- Bob Casey, Jr. (Democrat)
- Lou Barletta (Republican)
- Dale R Kerns, Jr. (Libertarian)
- Neal Taylor Gale (Green)
Governor / Lieutenant Governor
- Tom Wolf / John Fetterman (Democrat)
- Scott Wagner / Jeff Bartos (Republican)
- Ken W. Krawchuk / Kathleen S. Smith (Libertarian)
- Paul Glover / Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick (Green)
U.S. Congress (15th CD)
- Susan Boser (Democrat)
- Glenn “GT” Thompson (Republican)
PA State Senator (50th Dist.)
- Sue Mulvey (Democrat)
- Michele Brooks (Republican)
PA State Representative (65th Dist.)
- Kathy Rapp (Republican)
Pennsylvania U.S. Senate
United States Senate – Bob Casey, Jr. (Dem)
Bob Casey, Jr. is an American attorney and politician who is currently the senior United States Senator from Pennsylvania. He previously served as Pennsylvania Auditor General from 1997 to 2005 and as Pennsylvania Treasurer from 2005 to 2007. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Casey is the son of Bob Casey, a former Governor of Pennsylvania. After graduating from Scranton Preparatory School in 1978, he attended the College of the Holy Cross. He received his law degree from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America. Casey practiced law in Scranton, Pennsylvania, before beginning his political career as Pennsylvania’s Auditor General, a post to which he was elected to in 1996 and re-elected in 2000. In the 2002 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, Casey attempted to follow his father’s footsteps in a run for Governor of Pennsylvania. He was defeated, however, in the Democratic primary by eventual general election victor Ed Rendell. After being term-limited out of his position as auditor general, Casey was elected state treasurer in the 2004 election. Casey defeated two-term Republican incumbent Rick Santorum in the 2006 election. He was re-elected in 2012 and is the first Democrat to be elected to a full term and the first to win re-election to the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania since Joseph S. Clark Jr. in 1962
United States Senate – Lou Barletta (Rep)
Louis James Barletta is an American politician and businessman serving as the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania’s 11th congressional district since 2011. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as Mayor of Hazleton, Pennsylvania from 1999 to 2010. As Mayor he came to prominence for his high-profile anti-immigration ordinances, which spurred legal challenges. Hazleton no longer enforces the anti-immigration ordinances, which cost the town significantly in terms of legal fees. As a kid, Lou hated politics. Lou grew up working in his family’s road construction business, but dreamed of playing centerfield for the New York Yankees. The first in his family to attend college, Lou took a break from studying Elementary Education at Bloomsburg State College (now Bloomsburg University) to tryout for the Cincinnati Reds, but was sent home when the coaches figured out that he could not hit a curve ball.
Lou returned to school before re-joining his family in road construction. One day, Lou got a card in the mail advertising a kit for striping parking lots. For $29.95, Lou and his wife, Mary Grace, sent away for the materials and started a small line-painting business. In five years, they turned that little company into the largest of its kind in Pennsylvania, and when they sold the company, it was the sixth largest of its kind in the nation.
Frustrated with the direction that local politicians were taking his hometown of Hazleton, Lou successfully ran for City Council before being elected mayor in 1999, in a city where Democrats significantly outnumbered Republicans.
As mayor, Lou inherited a $1.2 million budget deficit. In two years, Lou turned that shortfall into a $500,000 surplus. In 2004, the White House appointed Lou to represent the United States on the United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities, and in 2008, the Pennsylvania State Mayor’s Association voted Lou Pennsylvania’s Mayor of the Year. Lou gained national attention in 2006 when Lou drafted, introduced, and signed the first local ordinance in the nation cracking down on illegal immigration. Lou’s law has served as a blueprint for other communities across the United States facing problems with illegal immigration.
In 2010, Lou defeated a 28-year incumbent Democrat to represent Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District. Lou currently serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where he is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management and has saved the taxpayers nearly $4 billion by cutting waste and reducing the size of federal real estate; the Committee on Education and the Workforce, where he has been nationally recognized for his bipartisan work in support of afterschool programs; and the Homeland Security Committee, where he has continued to lead the fight to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws.
United States Senate – Dale R Kerns, Jr. (Lib)
Dale is happily married to his wife Nicole, and is the proud father to two daughters, Hailey and Sophia, and the family’s German Shepherd, Luke. The Kerns family resides in Ridley Township, Delaware County. Dale works as a Project Manager for an Electrical Contractor, where he is responsible for maintaining and managing commercial construction projects for many blue collar Pennsylvanians.
Dale values volunteerism and is a co-founder of the former Little Angels Foundation. He tirelessly worked to fulfill the mission of helping children with life-threatening illnesses. Dale is now on the Board of Directors for the Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County, working toward the group’s stated goal of “helping people overcome barriers to self-sufficiently work.” As a former business owner and councilman, Dale volunteered for communities, recreation departments, and area fire and police departments. He also put in time with both the Chester County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Justice Rescue, the latter of which worked to restore power to a barn used to train animals that needed a home. Throughout his career and life, Dale has volunteered and promoted philanthropy, which is a key motivator in his Libertarian philosophy.
Dale is the third of six boys, and grew up humbly. That environment made him into who he is today, and is what makes him the right person to represent Pennsylvania in Washington, D.C. Dale’s jobs from the age of 14 onward introduced him early to the value in liberty, principles, and work ethic.
Dale served as an appointed councilman to fill a vacancy. He promises to always abide by his oath to protect and defend the Constitution. During his time as councilman, Dale donated his stipend back to the Borough, with 50% going to the recreation department and 50% to the fire department.
Pennsylvania Governor & Lieutenant Governor
Governor / Lt Governor
Tom Wolf / John Fetterman (Democrat)
Tom Wolf grew up in Mt. Wolf, a small south-central Pennsylvania town where he still lives in the house he was brought home to from the hospital. Tom graduated from Dartmouth College (BA), the University of London (MA) and M.I.T. (PhD). During his studies, Tom joined the Peace Corps where he worked on agricultural and irrigation projects for two years in a small rural village in India.
In November of 2014, Tom was elected Governor of Pennsylvania after driving hundreds of miles across the commonwealth in his 2006 Jeep Wrangler to meet with families, business owners, and hard-working Pennsylvanians. The first thing Tom did as governor was to declare that he wouldn’t accept a salary or a pension, banned his administration from accepting gifts, reformed legal contracting to end the pay-to-play culture in Harrisburg, and made his daily schedule available to the public.
As promised during his campaign, Tom invested more in education at all levels than any governor before him. He has restored the billion dollar cut made by Harrisburg Republicans in the previous administration that devastated our schools so that we can set our children and our economy up for success, and he passed a fair funding formula to take politics out of school funding once and for all. Tom is also growing the economy by moving ahead on large projects like the Shell Cracker Plant in Western Pennsylvania, the Port of Philadelphia, a steel plant in Johnstown, and expanding companies like Amazon to make Pennsylvania a technology hub. He even saved the jobs of working Pennsylvanians at a plant in Easton, Pennsylvania for Majestic Athletic the official provider of on-field uniforms for all 30 Major League Baseball teams. Tom is also dedicated to ensuring that Pennsylvanians have access to quality and affordable health care. That’s why one of his first acts in office was to expand Medicaid which has given an additional 720,000 Pennsylvanians access to health care and he increased enrollment in CHIP by twenty percent. The governor’s actions have reduced Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate well below the national average to its lowest point in history and has made the commonwealth a national leader in new and innovative ways to battle the opioid epidemic that is ravaging Pennsylvania communities and families. To protect our seniors, Tom has increased opportunities for older Pennsylvanians to remain in their homes, stood up to Donald Trump’s proposed “age tax” on insurance, and has saved more than 180,000 seniors from losing their Medicare Advantage health plans.He’s also worked across the aisle to move long stalled legislation like medical marijuana legalization, liquor modernization, and pension reform.
John Fetterman is Pennsylvania born and raised, John was born to teenage parents who were just starting out on their own. At the time, his father worked nights to put himself through college. John grew up in York, and later followed in his father’s footsteps to Albright College, where he played offensive tackle for the Lions. At 23, John joined up with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and threw himself into the program, mentoring his ‘little’ – an 8-year-old boy who had recently lost his father to AIDS and whose mother was also battling the disease. Before she passed away, John promised that he would continue to look out for her son and make sure that he would graduate college. Fifteen years later, John and his ‘little’ had both held up their ends of the bargain, with his little’s graduation from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, PA. The disparity between his own life and that of his ‘little’ motivated John to quit his job and join AmeriCorps, where for two years he served in Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District, helping to set up the first computer labs in the neighborhood and teaching GED classes to young mothers and fathers. He went on to earn a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he focused on finding solutions in social work, business, and public policy to confront urban challenges and economic inequality.
John then returned to Pennsylvania to start a GED program in the town of Braddock. John saw the beauty, grit, and determination that had been in the community’s roots for generations, and focused on turning Braddock, a town facing many obstacles, into a thriving and growing community. In 2005, encouraged by his students and motivated to do more to address the inequality that was plaguing his community, John ran for mayor. He managed to win the crowded primary by a single vote, and he’s been hard at work ever since. During the last 12 years as mayor, John has worked to build Braddock back from the verge of extinction. He’s applied a hands-on approach from AmeriCorps and his service experience to take steps to rebuild his community, bringing creative urban policy solutions to Braddock. He has worked with young people and artists to transform creative spaces downtown, and turned abandoned properties into urban gardens. John has worked to attract new residents and new jobs, as more than a dozen businesses have relocated into Braddock and the population has stabilized for the first time in decades. He is most gratified, though, by breaking the cycle of violence in his community that culminated with nearly 5 ½ years without the taking of a life. When Pennsylvania lawmakers continued to push outdated discriminatory policies banning marriage equality, Mayor John stood up and officiated one of the first same-sex marriages in the commonwealth. John is proud of what they’ve achieved in Braddock, but wanted to do more not only for his community, but for his commonwealth. In 2016, John decided to run for U.S. Senate to be a champion for the struggling towns all over Pennsylvania, places like Braddock that have gotten a raw deal.
Facing off against a former Member of Congress and a candidate with the full backing of the Democratic Party, John entered the race as an outsider and an underdog. Despite being outspent more than 15 to 1, he shocked the establishment by earning 20% of the vote in a 4-way race and winning Allegheny County, the 2nd-largest county in the state.
John emerged as one of Pennsylvania’s leading progressive voices for working people, running on issues like inequality, racial justice, and ending the failed war on drugs – issues that the Democratic Party would only later recognize as key to winning over and turning out voters.
Governor / Lt Governor
Scott R. Wagner / Jeff Bartos (Republican)
Scott Wagner credits his relentless work ethic to growing up on a family farm…and to his hard-working parents who insisted on the importance of showing up and being counted on. He credits his business success to this as well — and also to what he describes as “a persistent desire to execute on his ideas.” Even as a school student Scott would anxiously watch the classroom clock waiting on the bell that would release him back to the farm, or to his uncle’s construction business, where he worked to earn money. And while Scott is a staunch advocate of education, for him a year in a college classroom was enough. A restless and fearless Scott Wagner was too anxious to get out into the business world and test his ability to meet the challenges associated with taking vision from concept to reality — a challenge he embraced by starting his first business enterprise at 19 years old.
In 2013, Scott took Harrisburg by storm with his historic Senate campaign. In a word, Scott Wagner is a “doer.” He’s a man of action, which is why when Scott got fed up with the broken system in Harrisburg, he set out on a mission to get inside the legislature and do the work that needed to be done. In 2013, he launched an unprecedented Senate campaign, and made Pennsylvania history when he won the first ever legislative seat as a write-in candidate.
Thousands wrote in Scott’s name because they wanted a change maker — and they got one. And that was just the beginning… It was also clear that Scott’s agenda had little to do with passing more laws and everything to do with changing the culture. Scott Wagner was a man on a mission. He asked the questions no one else was asking — about protecting taxpayers, government spending, management and accountability. And when Scott recruited the first veto-proof majority in the Senate since 1949, people began to notice that Scott was carrying out an exciting mission. When it became clear that Scott was a man of action who would fight for them, many insisted that Scott Wagner should run for governor — and they would get their wish. After just a few years as a state senator, Scott understood that the work that needed to be done could not be accomplished by one senator, but it could be accomplished by one governor — a governor who is a doer. in January of 2017, Scott announced his candidacy for governor
Jeff Bartos In November 2017, he joined the Scott Wagner for Governor team as the Lieutenant Governor candidate. In an era where the opioid crisis is devastating Pennsylvania families and family-sustaining jobs remain in short supply, Scott and Jeff are focused on restoring hope and opportunity for all Pennsylvanians. At town halls and meetings across the Commonwealth, Scott and Jeff are promoting economic policies that will help make the staples of a middle class life – home ownership, healthcare, and education – more affordable. They are also fighting for every child in Pennsylvania to have the opportunity to attend an outstanding school of their choice. Jeff is certain that Scott Wagner is the right leader at the right time for Pennsylvania, and he is proud to join Scott’s team.
Jeff is a proven business and community leader. Born and raised in Berks County, Jeff has been a Pennsylvania resident his entire life. Jeff owns a contracting company and several real estate acquisition and development companies active in the Greater Philadelphia market, and has previously served as a senior executive at Toll Brothers, Inc. and Mark Group, Inc. Jeff and his family are deeply committed to community service. Their charitable work is focused on education and supporting at-risk children. In 2016, Jeff and his wife Sheryl led the fundraising to build a new kindergarten on an Air Force Base in Israel. Jeff has served on the Board of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and is a leader in the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Jeff supports the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, an organization dedicated to disrupting the financing of terrorist networks around the world.
Governor / Lt Governor
Ken V. Krawchuk / Kathleen S Smith (Libertarian)
Ken Krawchuk, 65, was born and raised in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has lived in Abington since 1981, a Philadelphia suburb. Mr. Krawchuk is an avid whitewater canoeist, year-round backpacker, and railroad enthusiast. He graduated with honors from Cardinal Dougherty High School in 1971, and in 1975 received a B.S. in Physics from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Additionally, Mr. Krawchuk is a graduate of the Abington Citizens’ Police Academy.Mr. Krawchuk is also a freelance writer and a guest columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper. His first novel, Atlas Snubbed, is a pastiche parody sequel to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. It presents, as fiction, a new political concept: The Separation of Society and State, which is the central theme of the Krawchuk campaign.
Mr. Krawchuk is the founder and President of Ken Krawchuk & Associates Ltd., a 25-year-old Information Technology consulting firm, and has been a professional computer programmer since 1970. He currently serves as a business architect for the pharmaceutical, insurance, and financial markets. Mr. Krawchuk is the lead inventor of U.S. Patent Numbers 5,418,942, 5,564,119, and 5,960,437, titled “System and Method for Managing and Storing Information”, a novel, integrated database management system/operating system. Mr. Krawchuk is a freelance writer and author of Atlas Snubbed, a pastiche parody sequel to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. He has also served as a guest columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper. Mr. Krawchuk is a professional public speaker and has been a member of Toastmasters International since 1997, achieving his Distinguished Toastmaster award in 2006. He regularly competes in speech contests, having won the finals at the District 38 Humorous Speech Contest, Evaluation Contest, and Impromptu Speaking Contest. He has served four terms as District 38 Parliamentarian and is the past president of two Toastmaster clubs and founder of the Libertarian Toastmasters club. In 2008 he was honored with the District’s prestigious John E. Foster DTM Achievement Award for his service to Toastmasters.
Mr. Krawchuk has been a registered Libertarian since 1993.He has run twice as the Libertarian candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, first in 1998 against Tom Ridge, then again in 2002 against Ed Rendell, receiving 33,591 votes in 1998, and 40,962 in 2002–a new record for the Libertarian Party for that office. In 1994 and 2012, he ran as the Libertarian candidate for State Representative in District 153 (Abington/Rockledge). He also ran as the Libertarian candidate for Abington Township Commissioner in 1995, 1997, 2001, and 2005, and in 2000 as the Libertarian candidate for Pennsylvania’s 2nd Congressional District. Also in 2000, Mr. Krawchuk sought the Libertarian nomination for vice president of the United States, ultimately placing third in a field of five. In his 1998 gubernatorial race, he became the first Libertarian to break the 1% barrier for that office, and in his 1994 race for State Representative, Mr. Krawchuk became the first third-party candidate ever to be endorsed by the Pennsylvania National Rifle Association. Between 1995 and 1997, he served two terms as the Eastern Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania, then three terms as their Legal Action committee chair. In 2002 he was elected state party chair, a position he held until 2004. He currently serves as Chair of the state party’s Judicial Committee and has been Secretary of the Montgomery County Libertarian Party since 2008.
Kathleen S. Smith, who on her Facebook page lists herself as managing the Libertarian Party in Washington County and the Canonsburg Business and Professional Women’s organization, is a former inventory manager at Borders Books. She studied special education at Duquesne University. Attempts to reach Smith Monday for comment were unsuccessful. A story in the Observer-Reporter last summer noted the then-65-year-old Smith was going to rappel 26 stories from the top of the Henry W. Oliver Building onto Smithfield Street in downtown Pittsburgh during the “Over the Edge” fundraiser to benefit Our Clubhouse, a nonprofit that provides free emotional and social support to those touched by cancer in Western Pennsylvania.
Smith is a member of the elections board for her Canonsburg ward, but she notified the Washington County elections office prior to the May primary she would not serve so as not to create the appearance of conflict of interest, according to Melanie Ostrander, assistant director of elections. Canonsburg includes the 48th Legislative District, which was the subject of a special election. She could have served in that capacity in May, but she is prohibited from working on the board in the general election because her name will be on the ballot.
Governor / Lt Governor
Paul Glover / Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick (Green)
Paul Glover is the founder of Ithaca HOURS, a community currency that has transacted millions of dollars value since 1991, He emphasizes that regions can take control of the economy to meet their urgent needs. He says, “We are the treasury, and we are the treasure.” He is founder of more than a dozen organizations and campaigns that convert average citizens into job creators, health system managers, urban planners, environmental stewards, and publishers.
A former professor of urban studies at Temple University, he is author of six books, including Hometown Money, Health Democracy, Deep Green Jobs, How to Take Power, and Los Angeles: A History of the Future. His book “A Crime Not a Crisis” details corruption in Pennsylvania’s insurance regulation. He is founder of the Los Angeles Greens (1984) and the Ithaca, NY Green Party (1989). He was an environmentalist candidate for Ithaca’s city council (1973), Ithaca’s campaign manager for Ralph Nader (2000), Green Party candidate for mayor of Ithaca (2003), and was invited by GPUSA to participate in the presidential primaries of 2004.
As governor,” he adds, “I will also support progressive taxation, alternatives to incarceration, funding equity for public education, regional organic agriculture, expanded rail systems, decriminalization of marijuana, bolder union organizing, and a state bank whose deposits serve Pennsylvania.”
Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick has been endorsed by the Green Party of PA as a candidate for Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania. She was born in Philadelphia and attended public schools first in North Philadelphia and then later in Media, PA where I also lived. I took classes at Yale University and CCP before graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Temple University. While attending college I worked at several different jobs and got married and has lived in Chester, PA since 1989. 1989. A few years later I graduated, and I spent the next 24 years working as a laboratory technician at a medical research facility & biorepository in New Jersey. I left this position when I was laid off, and I found that it was very hard to find employment again (possibly because I was over 50) especially in a full-time position. I have spent a lot of time volunteering, gardening and teaching English as a second language to adult students with my extra free time. I am currently working part-time as a pharmacy technician. I am both an active member of my county level Green Party by serving as the chair of the Green Party of Delaware County PA and the state level Green Party by serving as an At-Large Delegate on the steering committee of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA). I am enthusiastic about being a Green Party member because I am neither suicidal nor homicidal and the goals and values of the Green Party make it the most life-affirming political party I know of on the planet. Our Green Party is not only one of the best tools or strategies for improving the peace of mind, health and safety for ourselves, our loved ones and the rest of the human race, but also for maintaining the beauty and diversity of the land, the seas and all other living species.
The Green Party’s Ten Key Values which are succinctly expressed by its four pillars which advocate for grassroots democracy, social justice, peace and ecological wisdom equate to putting the welfare of people and the planet always above the quest for financial gain. I feel that working with other people who have the same goals on issues and are interested in electing people who are committed to the same values that the Green Party is dedicated to is much more effective than trying to do the same work by myself or within either major political party which lets the money and ideas of the rich and powerful dictate its values and goals. Therefore, both major parties are ineffective at reducing widespread poverty and oppression and too often support policies and spend our tax dollars with little or no consideration toward eliminating these large and persistent problems.
The attitudes of Greens and the policies and changes in society for which we work such as excellent universal healthcare for all in the U.S., improvements to K-12 public education, tuition-free college education, cutting the U.S. military budget by more than half, ending U.S. funding of and involvement in violent conflicts around the world, ending fossil fuel extraction and use, and making our economy 100% reliant on clean and renewable energy sources benefit the physical, mental and emotional health of people within the United States and around the world.
As a Green Party member and the GPPA’s 2018 candidate for Lt. Governor of PA I feel obligated to those who put their trust, support or money into Green Party projects and candidates to make the following statement a permanent truth about the Green Party: Defenders of workers’ rights on and off the job, environmental activists, those working to make high quality healthcare obtainable by all, social justice advocates, anti-war/peace activists, reformers of our criminal justice system, and protectors and expanders of civil liberties, human rights, political expression, and economic justice for all and especially historically marginalized groups—You can all find a nurturing home in the U.S. Green Parties where people are fighting through electoral politics and activism to make the solutions you want a part of our everyday reality. The commitment to make society more compassionate and just through a greater expression of the Green Party’s Ten Key Values in all aspects of our daily lives is what makes the Green Party such a uniquely superior political party.
U.S. Congress (15th Congressional District)
Susan Boser (Democrat)
Susan Boser, a Democrat, has announced she is running for the U.S. Congressional seat in Pennsylvania’s new 15th District. After redistricting, this area includes part of the 9th District where she originally declared her candidacy. On February 18, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court released the redrawn map of congressional districts throughout the state. The new northwest-central 15th District includes 13 counties that extend from Indiana and Cambria Counties in the south to the New York border in the north. Boser expressed excitement about the revised map. She said that the new 15th District includes Indiana where she has resided for over 16 years and the Kinzua Region of the Allegheny National Forest where she went camping many summers ago. Boser, the oldest of five children, grew up in a small town in southwestern New York State. The family struggled financially for some years, but her father started a small business to fund his children’s college education. Upon graduating from college, Boser worked in human services so she could make a difference in people’s lives.
Boser has 20 years of experience in human services. She has worked in a drug and alcohol treatment center, managed a residential home for troubled adolescents, and provided in-home services for those struggling to keep their families together. Boser, in 2001, earned her Ph.D. at Cornell University‘s Department of Policy Analysis with a focus on human services. She directed a study on human services in four New York counties. She and her colleagues used the results to develop mental health and addiction services to better serve rural needs with local control. The Governor’s Office gave the project an award for leadership in innovation.
A professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Boser is active in local government and non-profit organizations. She is one of the leaders of the Indiana County Sustainable Economic Development Task Force. In this role, she works with county government and local organizations to further the county’s economic development plan. Boser serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Guidance Center. She also serves on the Steering Committee as Treasurer for the Food Co-Op of Indiana PA. She decided to run for Congress because she knows the value of the small-town way of life, the importance of strong families and the worth of a robust community. She said, “I have watched the growing poverty and opioid epidemic that are hurting families and destroying communities in rural regions of Pennsylvania. Congress is not paying attention to these issues and it’s time for a change. As a member of Congress, I can help turn things around to make people’s lives better.”
Boser’s plans include providing internet access throughout all rural areas and working with small business associations to develop concrete strategies to support small businesses. She would like to build on the region’s history as an energy producer to proactively seek opportunities for renewable energy, expand supports for agricultural cooperatives, and pursue solutions to expand opioid treatment and hold pharmaceutical companies responsible for the increasing epidemic.
Boser said, “My goal is to help build prosperous businesses in a safe environment that will grow employment opportunities so our children will not need to leave the area to earn a living wage.”
Glenn “GT” Thompson (Republican)
A life-long resident of Howard Township, Centre County, PA Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson was first elected to represent Pennsylvania’s Fifth District in the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2008 and sworn in to his fifth term on January 3, 2017.
His first election in the 2008 primary was very much a test of faith. GT was the last of 9 Republican candidates to announce for the vacancy resulting from the retirement of Congressman John Peterson. Having worked almost 30 years in nonprofit healthcare Thompson entered the race with enough money as he describes it “for the coming year’s taxes and car insurance”. To state he was considered a long shot would be a serious understatement. Three of his eight opponents had the ability to self-fund million dollar campaigns totaling more than three million dollars spent in the primary. One local politico stated publically that “GT was a great guy, but had no business running for Congress, as he had no money.” Despite overwhelming financial odds and conventional wisdom, GT sought out to earn the Pennsylvania 5th District Congressional seat through his record of leadership, service and commitment to work for the support of voters. In the end, Thompson only raised approximately $24,000, was outspent 240 to 1, but won the primary by 1%. He is proud of the fact he still had a few dollars in the bank at the end of primary night. Based on that continued record of service and leadership every election since then has been secured with overwhelming percentages. His 2016 election was secured with a winning margin of over 100,000 votes.
Prior to being elected to Pennsylvania’s geographically largest congressional district, Congressman Thompson spent 28 years as a therapist, rehabilitation services manager and a licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Through his professional experiences, GT has touched the lives of thousands of individuals facing life-altering conditions. As a result, he has learned firsthand the importance of access to quality healthcare and has become a strong advocate for increased access, affordability, quality of care, and patient choice. It is the treatment philosophy of a healthcare professional that serves GT well in his Congressional service. He knows that you must start with a full assessment and accurate definition of the problem to be addressed. That you cannot solve anyone’s problem for them, but must work with those facing the challenges to problem-solve together. Solutions must be cost-effective to assure their final implementation is successful. Finally, the responsibility to “Do No Harm” is as critical to government as it is health care in advancing the right solutions.
A 40+ year veteran of the Juniata Valley Boy Scout Council, Congressman GT became an Eagle Scout in the Walker Township Troop 52; former Order of the Arrow Lodge Chief, long-time Howard Troop 353 Scoutmaster and the Council’s President during 2007 to 2009. He has enriched the lives of youth throughout Central Pennsylvania. Among just 2,000 presented since 1969, in 2012 Representative Thompson received the National Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.
GT is also a former member of the Bald Eagle Area School Board and is past vice-chair of the Private Industry Council of the Central Corridor. Because of these experiences, in 2008, he was appointed to the House Committee on Education & Workforce. In the 115th Congress, Thompson will serve his fourth term as Co-Chairman of the bipartisan Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus..
A community leader and a volunteer firefighter, with three decades of service, Glenn is acutely aware of the challenges facing Pennsylvania communities. As a member of the House Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Education & Workforce Committees, Thompson has exercised a unique position to bring his expertise and knowledge to bear on the issues facing rural businesses, communities, and families, in order to improve the lives of the citizens of the Fifth District. GT is serving his third term as Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry.In the 115th Congress, he serves as Vice-Chair of the of the Full Agriculture Committee and Subcommittee Chair of Nutrition. Additionally, he is serving his fourth term as Co-Chairman for the bipartisan Congressional Natural Gas Caucus
When first elected in 2008, Congressman GT was sworn in as one of the least senior members of Congress being 433 out of 435. While his seniority has risen dramatically during his first four terms, so has his record of legislative accomplishments. He is the author and contributor to many pieces of legislation that have passed into law that address significant issues facing the Nation. Among those in 2011, he introduced H.R. 1832, the Servicemembers’ Telemedicine & E-Health Portability (STEP) Act, which passed Congress and was signed into law by the president on December 31, 2011. The STEP Act, now Public Law 112-81, Section 713, expands the current Department of Defense (DOD) state licensure exemption to allow credentialed health care professionals to work across state borders without having to obtain a new state license. This legislation removes out-dated requirements under current law so that geographic location is no longer an obstacle to the delivery of care for our service members. The law will also allow more licensed professional to treat veterans and service members, and gives them the ability to also use new telemedicine and e-health technologies for quicker and more efficient help. The STEP Act is serving to reduce the tragic rate of suicide among our active duty, reserve and National Guard service members. As an Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman assisted in drafting a Farm Bill that on February 7, 2014, President Obama signed into law as the Agricultural Act of 2014, a five-year Farm Bill reauthorization. This passed Congress with bipartisan support and reduces annual budget deficits by 16.6 billion over 10 years. Industry professionals including farmers, foresters, conservationists, researchers, and policy advocates have praised the law as a historic improvement to federal agriculture policy that will support key areas of economic activity and jobs in Pennsylvania and across the country.
As a senior member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, he introduced the Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Bill in the 114th Congress. This legislation reforms Career and Technical education creating pathways of opportunity for school-age youth and adults of all ages. This legislation passed 37- 0 out of the Committee and 405–5 out of the House. As the Senate failed to advance this legislation in the 114th Congressman GT is committed to reintroducing in the 115th.
Congressman Thompson is a proud graduate of Penn State and Temple Universities, where he earned a B.S. and a Masters of Education, respectively.
Senator in the General Assembly – 50th District
Sue Mulvey (Democrat)
Born and raised in Crawford County, Sue Mulvey’s family history can be traced back to the founding of Frenchtown. She and Tom, her husband of 22 years, raised their four children in Sharon, Pennsylvania. Hard work and education have always been a priority to Sue: she worked and raised a family through nursing school at Sharon Regional Hospital, a bachelor’s degree at Slippery Rock University, and a master’s degree at the American College of Education. A school nurse in Meadville, Sue continues to live in Sharon. For over 25 years, she has worked for the people in the 50th District. While in nursing school, Sue started a coat drive to comfort the children on the Shenango Valley. She continued this work as a nurse for UPMC with her “Warmth for Winter” campaign. Today, in addition to her work as a school nurse, Sue serves as the president of The WiNS Project: a non-profit she founded in 2013. To date WiNS has provided over 37,000 packages of weekend nutrition to the children of the Crawford Central School District. Sue knows the people of the 50th District need a voice in Harrisburg. We need a fighter for better jobs, public education, and affordable access to quality, local healthcare.
Michele Brooks (Republican)
After serving several successful terms as a Mercer County Commissioner and State Representative for the 17th District, Michele Brooks was elected to the Pennsylvania Senate in November 2014. She represents the 50th Senatorial District, which includes Crawford and Mercer counties and parts of Erie and Warren counties. In the 2017-2018 session, Senator Brooks serves as Chair of the Senate Aging and Youth Committee, a leadership role she held in the 2015-2016 session as well. She also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Health & Human Services Committee, and as a member of the Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Local Government, Rules & Executive Nominations, and Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committees. Brooks’ election to the Senate made history when she became the first woman to ever represent the 50th District. She was also the first woman to ever represent the 17th District in the House.
During her tenure in the state House from 2007 to 2014, Brooks actively fought against the tolling of Interstate 80; worked with business owners to create a more job-friendly business climate by reducing taxes on job creators; improved services for senior citizens; reprioritized government spending by limiting out-of-control borrowing by the Commonwealth; and supported the elimination of the inheritance tax on farmers to help preserve Pennsylvania’s rich agricultural heritage. She continues to work in the Senate for regulatory reform, job creation and fiscal responsibility, while serving as a strong but compassionate voice for children, older citizens and rural Pennsylvanians.
Before her 2006 election to the state House, Brooks served as vice-chair of the Mercer County Board of Commissioners. In addition, she served as an executive board member of the Penn-Northwest Development Corporation, where she was liaison commissioner to the Mercer County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mercer County Area Agency on Aging, the Cooperative Extension Office, and the Regional Planning Commission.
Senator Brooks served as a member of the Jamestown Borough Council from 1996 to 2002, where she led Jamestown Municipal Authority as vice-chair, and was part of the effort to preserve the Jamestown Stone Arch, developing the Children’s Park and updating infrastructure.
Senator Brooks is a graduate of the Anne Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series, past president of the United Way in northern Mercer County, and a member of the Greenville Rotary. In September 2017, her statewide accomplishments earned her recognition as a “50 Over 50” Award recipient by City and State PA, a multi-media news outlet, which identified her as one of the 50 most influential people in the Commonwealth.
Representative in the General Assembly – 65th District
Kathy L. Rapp (Republican)
Kathy Rapp is a Representative from Crawford, Forest, McKean and Warren Counties; born in Sligo, Clarion County, Pa., 1951; graduated, Warren Area High School, 1969; attended, Brant & Stratton Business School; attended, Slippery Rock State College (now Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania); community relations representative, Beverly Healthcare; transition coordinator, Parent Education Network; compliance monitor, Pennsylvania Department of Education; member, Warren County Republican Committee; elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives as a Republican in 2004; appointed, Deputy Whip (2014-present); she is currently serving her 7th consecutive term.
She was elected in 2004. She currently serves on the House Environmental Resources and Energy, State Government, and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committees. She also sits on the House Education Committee, where she is the senior Republican member on the Subcommittee on Special Education
- Fought to reduce spending and debt without rasing income taxes
- Voted “No” to the $2 billion gas tax increase
- Focused on job growth by promoting manufacturing and energy industries
- Provided effective job retraining programs for local workers
- Fought for more educational opportunities for rural students
- Supported local veterans and firefighters, and programs that benefit our seniors
- Supported initiatives to protect regional Oil and Natural Gas Producers
- Supported initiatives to create rural community colleges in 11 northwestern counties
- NFIB (small business) gave her voting record a 100%
MY PLEDGE IS SIMPLE
I’ll continue to reject partisan politics and focus on solving the issues we face. I am committed to a fiscally responsible government to protect taxpayers, enacting policies to help create jobs, and supporting common sense reforms to put YOU FIRST.