Shepler to run for state House in 82nd District

From staff reports

EAST WATERFORD — Terrance M. Shepler, of East Waterford, son of Mark and Dr. Mary Lou Mortimer, of East Waterford, and son-in-law of Norman and Barbara Book, of Port Royal, has announced his Republican candidacy for state representative for the 82nd District (which is all of Juniata County, most of Mifflin County and parts of Franklin County).

Shepler and his wife, Rachel, who is a native of the county, have lived in East Waterford for eight years.

Terrance “Terry” Shepler graduated from Cedar Cliff High School in 2003 and Millersville University in 2007, with a Bachelor of Science degree in history education. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Education from Wilkes University.

His teaching career started in the Harrisburg City School District, where he taught for three years. Shepler has spent the past seven years in the Susquenita School District in Duncannon, where he has taught U.S. government, advanced placement U.S. history, as well as modern American history.

Shepler said he believes his knowledge of this material has prepared him to represent the constituents of Franklin, Juniata and Mifflin counties. He said his teaching career has given him the opportunity to be a published author in scholarly work, which he believes will allow him to successfully craft legislation to benefit the entire 82nd District.

Shepler attends Port Royal United Methodist Church. He has also been an assistant coach for Juniata track and field for three years.

“Working with the youth of Juniata County and meeting their families has given me a greater understanding of the wants of the citizens in the 82nd District,” Shepler said in a press release. “This, coupled with my educational background, I believe would allow me to fight for the needs of this district in this day and age.”

Shepler has served as a member of the Pennsylvania Grange and is also an active member of the NRA. He is a lifelong Eagle Scout.

“Driving through much of this district daily, I am reminded of the rich history agriculture has played here, and I want nothing more than to preserve this for future generations,” Shepler said.

As a teacher, Shepler said he realizes the importance of a good education and will continue to fight for students to prepare them to carry out the future of Mifflin, Juniata and Franklin counties. He also said he strongly believes in protection of Second Amendment rights for all citizens.

“Over the past eight years, this district has continued to amaze me,” Shepler said. “The values of the people, the beauty of the landscape and the simplicity of life are qualities that I promise to fight for in Harrisburg, while working hard to prepare our district for the future.”