Hershey to seek GOP ticket for 82nd District

From staff reports

MIFFLINTOWN — Lifelong Mifflintown resident John Hershey has announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for state representative in the 82nd District, a post currently held by state Rep. Adam Harris who is not seeking re-election.

“I will fight to protect family farms, solve Pennsylvania’s pension crisis and eliminate residential property taxes that disproportionately burden seniors,” Hershey said in a press release. “Additionally, the biggest engine of economic growth and opportunity is private enterprise, and Pennsylvania must cut onerous regulations that constrain job-creating small businesses.”

A magna cum laude graduate of Messiah College, Hershey now serves as an aide to U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Allentown, working on agricultural policy and other issues. Coming from an agricultural family, Hershey previously worked for an agricultural microfinancing nonprofit.

Hershey co-founded a subscription coffee service while still a college student.

“Our coffee company invests in rural communities, creates jobs and provides opportunities,” Hershey said. “My agricultural background and experience crafting policy that benefits family farmers is one that is much needed in Harrisburg.

“Serving Pennsylvanians in Washington, it has been my privilege to work on some really great initiatives,” Hershey said. “From lowering sugar prices and helping dairy farmers to fighting to protect Pennsylvania hardwood trees from invasive species, I’ve proven my ability to get things done for our communities and residents.”

Hershey said he recognizes Congress is not held in high regard.

“However, crafting good legislation is a continuous and challenging process,” he said. “Name-calling and playing blame games will never bring about needed change. Legislators, whether in Harrisburg or at the federal level, must resist the temptation to oppose a good piece of legislation because it’s not perfect. We must be willing to make incremental reforms that improve our communities and the lives of the people we represent.

“Representative Harris has been an outstanding, conservative voice for our community. His decision not to seek re-election came as a surprise,” said Hershey. “I hadn’t anticipated the chance to serve my hometown, the community I love, in Harrisburg.

Hershey said he will also target property tax reform.

“Pennsylvania’s workers and families are burdened with high property taxes, billions of dollars in unfunded pension liabilities, late state budgets and fiscal recklessness. These challenges are too often met with legislative grandstanding, something in which I will not engage. Instead, I will bring an energy, vitality, my legislative expertise and a commitment to fight to save our farms, create jobs, protect the interests of the 82nd district, and preserve the rural Pennsylvania way of life for generations to come.”

Hershey is the son of Brad and Sandy Hershey, also of Mifflintown, and a graduate of Juniata High School. Hershey attends Cedar Grove Brethren in Christ Church and is a member of the Juniata Future Farmers of America Alumni Association, National Rifle Association, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and the American Agricultural Law Association. He also volunteers for a number of community organizations.

For more information, visit www.hersheyforpa.com.