Candidates, constituents of rural Pa. call for ‘their own Bill of Rights’

    Candidates for rural House and Senate seats call for a "Rural Bill of Rights" Thursday. (Capital-Star photo by Cassie Miller).

    Democratic candidates from rural Pennsylvania districts joined constituents on the Capitol Steps Thursday to call for a “Rural Bill of Rights.”

    They are as follows: 

    1. Access to Hospitals and Affordable Healthcare
    2. Access to Broadband and Cell Phone Service
    3. Access to Public Transportation
    4. Investment in Public Education
    5. Protection and Growth of Family Farms
    6. Access to Good Paying Jobs and Worker Protections
    7. Infrastructure Investments
    8. Support of Local Businesses
    9. Access to Clean Air, Water and Land
    10. Upholding the Pa. and U.S. Constitutions.

    Several of the candidates said that residents of rural Pennsylvania don’t feel “heard” in Harrisburg.

     “Rural people want to be heard,” said Joe Waltz, the Democratic candidate for the Clinton County-based l 76th House District. 

    “They’re angry … they just don’t know who to be angry at,” said Shelbie Stromyer, a retired nurse and Democrat running for the 21st Senate District, which includes Clarion, Forest, Venago and parts of Butler and Warren counties. 

    Watch as candidates from Rural Pa. sign the “Rural Bill of Rights.”

     

    Cassie Miller
    A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared.