Hershey reflects on GOP nomination

LEWISTOWN–John Hershey, the Republican candidate for the 82nd District’s state representative seat, had the opportunity to speak in regards to his campaign as well as a variety of state-level issues during the Mifflin County 9-12 Tea Party’s monthly meeting on Tuesday night at the Mifflin County Library.

Last month, Hershey won the 82nd District’s Republican nomination in the Pennsylvania primary election against eight other candidates. At 24-years-old, Hershey will be the youngest official in the House of Representatives if elected to office in November’s general election.

Jim Smith, a tea party member, light-heartedly said to Hershey, “Because of your youthful age, I just wanted to let you know, since you have become our GOP candidate, you have gained quite a number of new parents. We will educate you along the way and we’re watching you.”

Hershey later expressed his gratitude for the votes he received and commended the other Republican candidates who ran for the nomination.

“Whether the race got negative or not, all of my opponents ran a pretty hard race and they should be commended for that. I’m pretty excited to have their support going forward,” Hershey said.

During the meeting, Hershey also offered his stance on key issues and concerns including property taxes, pensions and welfare reform and also answered questions from the meeting’s attendees.

In regards to property tax reform, Hershey said, “Holding the line against gun control or pro-life issues, I mean those are the values that I’m not willing to change, but in terms of actual legislative fixes to get something done, [property tax] is at the top.”

“I think at the end of the day…I’m committed to vote with your guys’ interests on things like property tax and the prevailing wage,” Hershey continued. “I might not be able to agree with you guys on 100 percent of everything that happens…If I do disagree with you on an issue, I can promise you that I’ll have a good reason for why I did what I did.”

The Mifflin County 9-12 Tea Party meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Mifflin County Library.