MEET OUR CANDIDATES
Candidate for Senate
Lou Barletta was born on January 28, 1956 in his hometown of Hazleton, Pennsylvania. He attended Luzerne County Community College before he majored in elementary education at Bloomsburg University. Later, in pursuit of his love for baseball, Barletta tried out for the Cincinnati Reds. Upon rejection, he and his wife developed their own line painting business using only $29.95. It soon became the sixth-largest of its kind in the nation. After running his own small business, he had perspective on how taxes affected his business.
In 1996, Lou ran for a seat on Hazleton City Council, but was defeated. Two years later, he ran again and won the position. In 1999, he ran as a Republican for mayor of Hazleton against Jack Mundie. He was re-elected in both 2003 and 2007.
During his time as mayor, Lou Barletta achieved many things. He introduced the Illegal Immigration Relief Act, which penalized employers who hired illegal immigrants. He also named English the official language of Hazleton despite the backlash he received on the decision.
In 2002, Barletta ran to represent the 11th District in the House of Representatives. He lost to his Democratic opponent. In 2008, he ran for the same position again, where he rejected an endorsement by David Duke. In the end, he lost to the same opponent he had faced in 2008 despite polls placing him in the lead. In 2010, Barletta finally won against Democrat Paul Kanjorski with a 10 percent margin. In 2012, he was reelected with the help of gerrymandering.
Today, Lou Barletta is running against Democrat Bob Casey for Senate. He is backed by an endorsement from Trump, whom he himself had endorsed in 2016. He lives in Hazleton with his wife, with whom he has four children and eight grandchildren.
Hannah Kibler is a junior at Central York High School. She is representing the Republican Party as Lou Barletta. Hannah plays the cello, tutors, and is involved in various honor societies. After graduating, she plans on pursuing a career in neurosurgery and neurological research.
Candidate for Congress
Scott G. Perry has represented the 4th Congressional District since January of 2007. He won the general election with 71% of the votes and has been re-elected two more times. He serves on the Committees of Transportation and Infrastructure, Foreign Affairs, and Homeland Security. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration Management from Pennsylvania State University in 1991.
His mass of experience is enviable. From a young age, he began working as a mechanic, a dock worker, a draftsman, and a licensed insurance agent. Since then, Perry served in the army for over 3 decades, achieving the rank of Brigadier General. He is still involved in the army today, serving as Assistant Adjutant General in the Pennsylvania National Guard. On the local level, Scott is an active part of veteran groups, as well as chairmen of the Dillsburg Area Wellhead Protection Advisory Committee and the Carroll Township Planning Commission.
In a short overview of his political standings, Scott Perry wants to make healthcare more affordable and accessible to the public. With social security and Medicare, he feels that the country needs to stick to its commitments. In terms of immigration, he wants it to be more closely monitored, so it is documented who is coming in and why. His main goal is to focus and maintain the success of the average American’s life.
Laura Sauder is a Junior at Central York High School. She is representing the Republican Party’s candidate Scott Perry. Laura has lived in Pennsylvania her whole life, and has been in the district for the entirety of her educational career. She is involved in many extracurricular activities, including soccer, theater, and spends her time volunteering around the community.
Candidate for Governor
Scott Wagner was born September 21, 1955 in York, Pennsylvania. He was raised on a farm and attended Dallastown area high school. He intended to go to college but left college early to go pursue his passion of business. He has had multiple successful businesses in his life where he turned a profit on most. He has been married four times and has two children. Scott later went into politics.
Scott represents the Republican Party and has many conservative stances. He does not believe in abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and supported a bill to ban it. Wagner believes in a reform of the bail system and believes it does not work in the form its in. He is heavily in favor of the death penalty, saying that he believes capital punishment should be instituted for cop-killers and and school shooters regardless of age. Wagner believes in uniforms for all school students and believes in increasing trade classes in schools. He also has a zero tolerance policy for those who bully others. He states one warning and then expulsion should be the policy. Wagner believes in a process that would ease out natural resources and instead use renewable energy. Wagner supports same sex marriage and said he would veto any bill that would limit it.
Kayla Raab is a junior at Central York High School. She is representing the Republican Party as Scott Wagner. Kayla has lived in York, Pennsylvania since she was five years old. She a part of the Central York Girls Softball team, she is in Library Council, Avedium, and Epilepsy Awareness Club.