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Joe Waltz: A uniter, not a divider

KIM COLEMAN

Lock Haven

I am writing in support of Joe Waltz for state representative of the 76th District. I am one of the few people who have known Joe in many different settings. When Joe began teaching at Lock Haven High School in 1973, I was fortunate to be in one of his classes. He was serious when he needed to be but I remember he always had a way of inserting humor into the lesson to get the point across.

Joe was the type of person that you always wanted to keep in contact with because he remembered you even after you graduated from high school.

Fast forward — marriage, three boys, school and interaction with Mr. Waltz, the teacher again. He had the same impact on our boys that he had on me when I was in school. I don’t ever remember Joe raising his voice.

He always had a fair way of getting students to work together to get the job done.

I believe that unity, fairness and leadership will work well in his endeavors in this new position. Joe knows the importance of quality education and his endorsement by the Pennsylvania State Education Association is a testament to this.

I have been involved in the Democratic Party for 25-plus years. I worked alongside Joe as a member of this party. I became one of the vice chairs and when Joe became chairman of the Party, it was a pleasure to work with him in a different capacity. While he was party chairman, he realized the importance of working to raise the income of our middle class by helping to create good-paying jobs for our area and bringing about economic fairness.

Knowing Joe personally for well over 40 years, I can say with all my heart that Joe Waltz is the person to lead our 76th District as state representative and be our voice in Harrisburg. Please vote for Joe Waltz — regardless of what your party affiliation is. Joe Waltz will do what is right for everyone!

(Kim Coleman is vice chairwoman of the Clinton County Democratic Party.)

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