Hannas announce plans for 2018
Son making bid for dad’s seat
By LANA MUTHLER
LOCK HAVEN — Michael K. Hanna Jr., 35, of Lock Haven, has announced his candidacy for the 76th State House seat.
He will be seeking the Democratic nomination in the May 15 primary election.
Hanna is a lifelong resident of Clinton County and a graduate of Central Mountain High School in 2001 and Lock Haven University in 2005.
He is the son of State Rep. Michael K. Hanna Sr. and his wife, Susan, of Lock Haven.
An avid sportsman and a member of the Western Clinton County Sportsmen’s Association, Hanna is also a member of Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
A member of Holy Spirit Parish in Lock Haven, he is a Lock Haven University trustee.
He has been a public servant for almost a decade, working in both the legislative and executive branches of government. The past three years, Hanna has served as Deputy Secretary of Legislative Affairs in the Governor’s Office and was promoted to second in command dealing with legislative issues this past summer.
Hanna said his campaign will focus on government reform, jobs, and education.
“I’m running for state representative because we need more common sense, compromise and reforms in Harrisburg. Elected officials shouldn’t collect a paycheck when they can’t pass a state budget on time, the only bill they have to pass each year. Special interests in Harrisburg have taken over and our voices aren’t being heard. That’s why we need reforms like a gift ban for legislators. I’ve lived under a gift ban in my previous job and it is time the legislature enacts a gift ban, among other needed reforms,” he said.
“I plan to protect family-sustaining jobs that we have in the district and the projects that are currently moving forward by cutting through the governmental red tape that plague projects in this state. Those important projects include the First Quality expansion, Bechtel Development Corp. Natural Gas Power Plant in Renovo, and Lock Haven University Wrestling Project. I also would want to work with Nestle Water in locating a bottled water plant in Benner Township, Centre County,” he added.
“The path to any good job is a good education,” he said. “Education is a crucial component of any job, and properly funding education is a must at all levels. There needs to be a continued focus on Career and Technical Education (CTE) in every school district, similar to what is working at the Central Pennsylvania Institute in Centre County. Whether it’s K-12, community college or attending a state system school like Lock Haven University, all three need the proper resources so that they can prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow.”