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Herm Suplizio cares deeply for our area

Since the start of this Senate race I have been asked by many why I am supporting Republican Herm Suplizio instead of his opponent and I would like to answer some of those questions now.

Having served almost 20 years in the Senate, 14 of them as Senate President, three years as Lieutenant Governor and serving with 5 different governors, I have made it my passion to be a vocal voice for rural Pennsylvania. I have personally worked with Herm Suplizio for over 20 years and I know him as a man of his word who cares deeply for our area. First, Mayor Suplizio and then City Manager Suplizio has worked tirelessly for the citizens of our area to improve our quality of life. He has a record of job creation, lengthy record of volunteerism and has raised millions of dollars for our most vulnerable as executive director of the United Way.

In the last few years, DuBois cut taxes for the elderly and has helped build an athletic complex for families, including a state-of-the-art field for handicapped athletes to enjoy.

These things simply wouldn’t have happened without Herm Suplizio. I know that Herm will be able to build relationships, be a team player without compromising our values and put up tough votes when he needs to. We need that leadership now more than ever given the circumstances of our state and country.

Here are some of the reasons that I will not be voting for Cris Dush. I have agreed and disagreed with Republican and Democrat legislators and the governors I have served with, but I have never alienated anyone by calling them names, let alone calling them a Nazi. This is not leadership, this is showmanship!

I was absolutely shocked that Cris Dush had gone so far to make those remarks to grandstand to get elected.

These comments will have adverse effects for all of us if he is elected to the Senate. With an over $30 billion state budget which the governor controls, comments like that could have an economic impact on our share of that budget.

There has been a lot of negativity in this race but let’s not confuse negativity with the ugly truth. Facts matter!

Cris Dush did vote against funding for Lock Haven University, funding for Critical Access Hospitals, including Bucktail Medical Center and UPMC Lock Haven.

He voted against funding for Real Alternatives, a pro-life organization that desperately needs funding to counter Planned Parenthood. He also voted against funding for our Conservation Districts, which only allows DEP to grab more power.

If you don’t believe me, check it out in House Bill 790 of 2019.

This was a no-tax-increase budget, so why did he vote “no” when our rural areas so desperately needed this funding? By voting “no” on everything, Dush plays the role of protector of our values, which couldn’t be further from the truth. He was 1 of 5 members out of 203 House members to vote “no” on HB 2019, which was a constitutional amendment to bring sex abusers to justice.

How could he or anyone vote against that?

Before you vote, please review the facts. There are two conservative candidates in this race. Anyone can go to Harrisburg and vote “no,” but what sets Herm Suplizio apart is that he listens and always seems to find a solution. Herm Suplizio is pro-life, pro-gun, pro-Trump and his leadership is just what we need in Harrisburg.

On June 2, my wife and I will be voting for Herm Suplizio for state Senate in the 25th District.

Please join me.

(Joe Scarnati is incumbent state senator representing the 25th Senatorial District. The 25th Senatorial District encompasses all of Cameron, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties, and part of Clearfield County.)

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