Jeff Olsommer of Sterling Township in Wayne County recently announced plans to run on the Republican line for Pennsylvania’s 139th Legislative District, a seat currently held by Rep. Joe Adams (R), who had previously informed his constituents that, due to family health reasons, he would not be seeking reelection this year.
The 139th District includes Blooming Grove, Dingman, Greene, Lackawaxen, Milford, Palmyra, Shohola and Westfall townships, and Matamoras and Milford boroughs in Pike County, as well as areas of Wayne County.
Olsommer listed among his credentials his role as a board member for the Wayne Memorial Health Foundation and chairman of the Sterling Township Board of Supervisors and the Sterling United Methodist Church Trustees. He previously served as a Wayne County Republican State Committee member and the former director of the Western Wayne Education Foundation, Wayne Economic Development Corporation and Southern Wayne Regional Chamber of Commerce.
“We live in a special place – a place where you can raise a family, build a business and count on your neighbor,” said Olsommer in a statement issued to the press. “I became a township supervisor to serve my community and help protect our rural way of life. That is why the people of Wayne and Pike counties can trust me to use my proven experience, record of accomplishments and conservative values to make our communities better places to live, work and raise a family.
“My priorities will be those of the people in Pike and Wayne counties – reducing taxes for our hardworking families and seniors on fixed incomes, enacting pro-growth policies to help rural Pennsylvania prosper, investing in our police to reduce crime, empowering parents to have more control over their children’s education, reducing the amount of government intrusion in our daily lives, defending the sanctity of human life and safeguarding our 2nd Amendment rights. Having family that works in public education I understand the value of quality education and the need for local control.”