Republican nominee John Joyce visits Greencastle

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Dr. John Joyce talks with members of the community last week at the John Allison Public House in Greencastle as part of his campaign trail for the 13th Congressional District. JOHN IRWIN/ THE RECORD HERALD

Dr. John Joyce, Republican nominee for the 13th Congressional District, met with members of the public Thursday afternoon at the John Allison Public House in Greencastle as part of his campaign trail.

Nearly three dozen individuals took to the restaurant to get a chance for a one-on-one conversation with the nominee.

"As a doctor, one of my major skills is listening to people and trying to problem solve with them," said Joyce. "Listening to people has been the major component of our campaign. People want to realize that you will work for them."

According to Joyce, he endorses permanent tax reductions, the pro-life stance and upholding the 2nd Amendment as it is written.

The longevity of Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg was a hot button issue Thursday afternoon. "Each group I talked with touched on it," recalled Joyce. "Having a strong military is no longer a luxury, having a strong military is a necessity. People want to know that I will work hard to maintain it, and I have made that pledge."

Ben Thomas Jr., mayor of Greencastle, shared his thoughts on Joyce's visit.

"I think it's good for Mr. Joyce and his wife to visit the greater Greencastle community and find out more about it," said Thomas. "But quite frankly, we need help from Washington D.C. We have various regulations we are facing that we want to get out of. Greencastle is a small community, we need to have smart internal work. I think he is going to certainly be willing to work with us at the local level; I've been hearing that loud and clear."

Joyce secured the Republican nomination for the 13th Congressional District in the Pennsylvania primary election held in May. Joyce, a dermatologist from Altoona, emerged from an eight-candidate field seeking to replace U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, who decided not to seek re-election.

“I will work very hard," Joyce said. “This race was exciting and in the end our positive message prevailed. I will always put the people of central Pennsylvania first, not D.C. special interests. I am truly honored and humbled.”

Joyce will run against Democratic nominee Brent Ottaway in November.