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Greencastle man eyes Rock’s seat with write-in campaign

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Sheldon Schwartz, a resident of Greencastle and a Franklin County Democrat, is seeking to unseat PA Rep. Todd Rock as the Pennsylvania House representative from District  90. Schwartz is  running a write-in campaign for the April 24 primary election. He has the  support of the Franklin County, Greencastle and Waynesboro Democratic committees.

Schwartz believes that every American, whatever background or  station in life, should have the chance to get a good education, to work at a good job with good wages, to raise and provide for a family, to live in safe  surroundings and retire with dignity and security. He believes that quality and  affordable healthcare is a basic right. He believes that each succeeding generation should have the opportunity, through hard work, service and  sacrifice, to enjoy a brighter future than the last.

“I’m asking all voters to blacken in the oval and write my name in. It is time for someone to speak up for the  middle class in Franklin   County. This year we are  having an ideological battle with those who still believe in the failed trickle-down economic theory.”

He said, “In reality we now have dwindling Commonwealth support for education and human services. It’s time to reset our priorities.”

Schwartz is an engineer who worked on the space program and  regulation of nuclear power. He is retired from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He has provided consulting services to public and private organizations. As a substitute teacher, he understands students’ and educators’ needs. In his role as chairman of the St. Petersburg, Fla. Code Enforcement Board and Special Magistrate for Code Enforcement, he understands the difficulty homeowners have in  maintaining their property in these financially-challenging times.

Schwartz is committed to protecting the needs of senior citizens. A long-time community volunteer, he worked with the Senior Medicare  Medicaid Patrol Project and was a member and vice chair of the Area 5 Florida Silver Haired Legislature. His hard work and dedication to seniors was rewarded when Schwartz was inducted into the St. Petersburg Senior Hall of Fame. Currently, he volunteers with the Pennsylvania Senior Medicare Patrol.

Schwartz is also an active member of Civitan and writes the  monthly newsletter, TIDBITS, and participates in fundraising and events for individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities in the community.

 Always the vital, well-informed community activist, Schwartz  continues his efforts as a volunteer with the Washington County, Md., Court Appointed Special Advocate Program CASA, and is a former member of the Pennsylvania CASA board of directors. He volunteers with the Franklin County Area Agency on Aging ombudsman program and is a former chairman of the  Pennsylvania South Central Citizens Review Panel empowered by the Child Abuse, Prevention and Treatment Act. He serves on the Franklin County Mental  Health/Intellectual Disability/Early Intervention Advisory Board. He is a recipient  of the 2012 Special Service Award from Widener University.  He is an active member of the Greencastle-Antrim and Franklin County Democratic  Clubs. In 2011 Schwartz was a key volunteer in the national No Cuts campaign to preserve Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Follow Sheldon Schwartz for State House on Facebook.