DuBois manager seeks GOP nod for Senate seat
DUBOIS — Former City of DuBois mayor and current City Manager John “Herm” Suplizio has announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for state senator in the 25th Senatorial District, a post held by Senate President Joe Scarnati, who announced last week that he is not seeking re-election.
“In my time as city manager of DuBois, I’m proud of what we have been able to accomplish for our city and this region. We have made government more efficient, invested in downtown revitalization, brought tourism dollars to support small businesses and we have done all of it without a tax increase. I understand how crucial small businesses are to rural Pennsylvania and our families. As state senator, that’s what I’ll fight for: Lower taxes, safe streets, small business and smaller government.”
A lifelong DuBois resident and 1978 graduate of DuBois Central Catholic, Suplizio has spent his entire adult life around public service.
Rising from volunteer firefighter to chief of the DuBois Fire Department and executive director of the local United Way since 1993, Suplizio’s impact on DuBois is far-reaching.
As city manager, he helped leverage millions of dollars in state grants and private dollars to improve downtown DuBois and incentivize job growth to employers like Danone, who just created almost 100 new jobs in Clearfield County.
“We are doing a lot of great things in DuBois. Stores are opening doors, not closing them. Employers are hiring workers, not laying them off. We’re seeing multimillion-dollar investments into our workforce and a lot of that is due to the fact that DuBois is a great, safe place to raise your family. Just last year, we extended our deal to host the Small College World Series because they recognize the time and investment that our community has put into facilities like Showers Field and our town as a whole. That’s the experience I want to bring to the Senate: Helping to bring more family-sustaining 21st Century jobs and revitalization to communities across the 25th District.”
While excited for the opportunity, Suplizio was quick to acknowledge the fact that the 25th District will be losing a powerful leader in Senate President Joe Scarnati.
“Sen. Scarnati has been an outstanding leader and conservative champion in the Senate for two decades. I realize that his successor will have tremendous shoes to fill. While I certainly did not anticipate this chance to serve my hometown and the people here that I love, I am committed to advocating for common sense conservative principles in Harrisbur,” he said.
Suplizio described himself as a pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment conservative.
He said freedoms “that we take for granted are under attack from liberal Democrats and socialist candidates,” and that “rural Pennsylvania is under attack from the far left from liberals who look at the 2nd Amendment and right to life as a joke to socialists who want to put a tax on everything in sight.
He added, “We need a proven leader who isn’t afraid of a fight in Harrisburg. I pledge to you from day one that I will never waver from my conservative principles or our district’s values.”
Suplizio attends St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in DuBois and is a supporter of Catholic Charities.
He serves as executive director for United Way of DuBois. In addition to the number of local organizations he supports, Suplizio has served as a co-chair of DuBois Community Days, which brings an influx of tourism and business to the region.
He is a father of two grown children, Meghan and Timothy.
The 25th Senatorial District includes Cameron, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties and portions of Clearfield County.