Peifer running for state House

| 29 Sep 2011 | 08:00

LAKE WALLENPAUPACK - Pennsylvania’s 139th District has been represented in Harrisburg by the same man for 21 years. In announcing his candidacy last Friday, Mike Peifer said, “Enough is enough - it‘s time for a change.” The announcement came at Ehrhardt’s Lakeside Restaurant. Peifer is the current Pike County Treasurer and a resident of Greentown where he lives with his wife, Jen Teeter Peifer, and their two children, 8-year-old Corine and 2-year-old Wyatt. Peifer is squaring off against Jerry Birmelin who has held the seat for 21 years. “We’re up against a 21-year incumbent,” said Peifer. “But we can do it.” Peifer explained that “years of complacency and passive representation in Harrisburg” are the keys to his campaign and the primary reason he is running. “The 139th needs to be represented with vigor,” said Peifer. “I’ll bring a fresh outlook to Harrisburg and won’t ever be caught resting.” The 139 District encompasses portions of Wayne, Pike and Monroe counties. Peifer says he has been encouraged by community minded citizens from throughout the district. Peifer says he is confident that he has a strong chance of winning the May primary election because a change in leadership is sorely needed “When a man sits in a position of power and adulation for such a long period of time it is only to be expected that he will grow apart from his constituents,” said former Wayne County District Attorney and Peifer campaign co-chair, Ray Hamill. “Our region is growing so fast, crime is on the rise and our court system is feeling the stress,” said Pike County Sheriff Phil Bueki. “We need a representative in Harrisburg who is close to the people, understands the problems and who will actively represent us in Harrisburg. I have known Mike for many years and can think of no better man for the job.” Peifer is a honor-graduate of Wallenpaupack High School who attended Rider College. He is a certified public accountant with more than 15 years experience with Price Waterhouse LLP and his private tax practice in Greentown. He has served as Pike County Treasurer since 1999 For more information about Mike Peifer and his run for the state legislature visit