WEST CHESTER, PA — Former Pennsylvania State Representative Eric Roe (R-158) announced this week that he intends to run for the seat he previously held in the state legislature.
“It is with great enthusiasm that I declare my candidacy for State Representative once again. I am proud of my track record as a moderate voice of reason for central and southern Chester County, and I hope to return to Harrisburg to finish the work I started in 2017 and 2018,” Roe stated in a press release. “I cannot sit by and watch ideologues in Harrisburg continue to push both parties to the extremes. It’s time to mend the frayed fabric of our communities, build consensus, and govern from the middle. We can’t move forward without civility and respectful discourse in the halls of Harrisburg.”
In 2017, Roe introduced a bill to curb the effects of partisan gerrymandering. The bill, known then as HB 722, would create a bipartisan redistricting commission of non-politicians to draw legislative district boundaries without using data on voters’ party affiliations. “Both parties are guilty of gerrymandering. When politicians choose their voters, it just creates more partisanship and polarization.”
Roe is also running to deliver more government reforms. In 2017, he helped pass historic pension reform, but he says that’s only the start. “Next session, I’d like to pass meaningful property tax reform that freezes tax rates for properties owned by senior citizens. Once homeowners turn 65, they should plan for retirement with the assurance that local property tax hikes won’t force them to sell their houses or farms.”
Environmental concerns and green space preservation are also at the top of his list of priorities if elected again. In 2018, Roe co-sponsored and voted for the Stoneleigh Law, which further protects preserved land from being built upon through eminent domain. “Next, I’d like to focus on renewable energy sources and foster job growth in the expanding field of sustainability. As a self-described ‘Prius Republican,’ I firmly believe we can fight man-made climate change and save money all at the same time.”
“These are just a few of the torches I would like to carry for the residents of Chester County. Having knocked on thousands of doors just in the past few months, I know these policy stances reflect values that transcend party affiliation for the voters of the 158th legislative district. Chief among them is civility.”
The 158th district in Chester County encompasses the townships of East Bradford, West Bradford, Newlin, East Marlborough, West Marlborough, New Garden, London Britain, part of West Goshen, and the Borough of Avondale.
Source: Eric M. Roe
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