State Rep. Jerry Knowles will be running for another term in the House.
"Now more than ever, with the extreme liberals in Harrisburg and Washington pushing for higher taxes, the elimination of private health insurance and policies that hurt the economy and cost us jobs, I need to keep up the fight for taxpayers and our values," Knowles said in a press release announcing his decision to run for a sixth term.
And the Schuylkill County Republican is hoping his constituents feel the same way.
“I have always fought to protect the tax dollars of my constituents,” he said, adding that he has leveraged his seniority to become one of the most trusted advocates for taxpayers and working families in Harrisburg.
Knowles, a former grocery store owner and police officer, said he will continue to focus on protecting taxpayers, enacting policies to help grow the local economy and eliminating property taxes. He said that since taking office in a special election in 2009 he has been working to get government out of the way of the people of the 124th District, which includes northern Berks County and parts of Schuylkill and Carbon counties.
The 69-year-old said he wants to keep pushing for a state government that lives within its means instead of ramping up spending and hiking taxes. He highlighted his work helping to defeat a 16% personal income tax hike, cutting more than $1 billion in wasteful spending from the state budget and voting against Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's $2.1 billion gas tax.
"The people of Schuylkill, Berks and Carbon counties can’t afford higher taxes and our small businesses can’t take on more burdensome regulations,” he said. “Thanks to the leadership of President Donald Trump in Washington, the economy is improving and unemployment is at its lowest level across the nation in decades — but there are radicals in Harrisburg who want to stop this economic growth before it reaches every resident in the 124th District."
Knowles said his biggest priority continues to be legislation to eliminate the school property tax system that hurts local schools, homeowners and senior citizens.
“The big spending liberals in Harrisburg and Philadelphia don’t stand with the people of our community,” he said. “I will continue to push other legislators to support property tax elimination so we can protect homeowners and seniors across the commonwealth."
Knowles is the first Republican candidate to formally announce a run for the 124th Legislative District in the April 28 primary.
Hamburg resident Taylor Picone, an officer in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard who most recently worked for Norfolk Southern, has announced he will seek the Democratic nomination.
State representatives serve a two-year term and receive an annual salary of $90,300.