Keegan announces candidacy

| 20 Apr 2022 | 12:10

Marian Keegan has announced her candidacy for Representative in the General Assembly, District 139 for the people in Pike and Wayne Counties. A graduate of Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment and practicing forester and scientist for over 30 years, Keegan has a history of protecting the environment and delivering practical solutions to complex environmental and social issues in our rural Pennsylvania.

For example, Marian ran for this seat in 2020 on the promise of banning fracking in the Delaware River watershed because clean water is vital to our communities. In 2021, the Delaware River Basin Commission officially banned fracking in the watershed. Marian’s commitment is a clear indication that she delivers.

Marian enjoys her time in the woods and sharing her knowledge of nature and our planet to make lives better. As your State Representative, Marian will offer useful constituent services for people, businesses, conservation, and agriculture. She will navigate state budgets to secure needed healthcare facilities; lower costs of medicine and insurance; funding for transportation, water and sewage, and broadband infrastructure; school programs; property tax relief; and prepare us for a warming climate. Marian believes that a new National Park and Wild and Scenic River in the district will position local governments and businesses for sustainable growth and value.

A hallmark of her life’s work has been meeting people where they are to create the future that works for everyone. Marian believes that government should put people first, and that reasonable, sincere leaders who are measured, transparent and accountable are needed to deliver on promises. She is that leader.

Marian has established an equal and inclusive campaign that will work hard to represent everyone in the district. During the recent PA Supreme Court ordered shortened time to collect nominating signatures to be placed on the primary ballot, Marian’s team of volunteers gathered signatures from registered Democrats in all but one municipality in the district to place her on the ballot. To remove Marian out-of-hand from the ballot, unfounded objections to the signatures spurred Marian to defend against the effort that disenfranchised valid signatories and potential voters in the upcoming Primary Elections in May showing a clear indication that all voices matter. This was an important reminder that no one will be left behind.

Municipalities in the newly formed District 139 are Hawley Borough, Palmyra Township, Dreher Township, Lehigh Township, Sterling Township, Salem Township, Paupack Township, Lake Township, Cherry Ridge Township, and South Canaan Township in Wayne County and Westfall Township, Matamoras Borough, Milford Township, Milford Borough, Dingman Township, Blooming Grove Township, Shohola Township, Lackawaxen Township, Palmyra Township, and Greene Township in Pike County.

The primary election is May 17 and mail-in ballots will likely be mailed beginning the week of April 18. Residents have until May 2nd to register to vote or change party affiliations. Marian’s name is listed second on the ballot under Representative in the General Assembly.

The bottom line? Marian Keegan is the experienced and better candidate.