Mansfield man eyes House seat


A Mansfield man has announced he is seeking the Republican nomination for the state’s 68th Legislative House seat.

Dennis Weaver said he wants to serve as a state representative to “make a change, not a career.”

With experience in the dairy, trucking and construction industries, he believes he understands what it is like to own a farm, sign paychecks and work 16-plus hours a day to support a family.

His primary motivation for running is to help eradicate the drug epidemic devastating the state.

“My heart has been drawn to helping solve the drug crisis that is facing Pennsylvania,” he said. “This area of service has become a very important one to (my wife) Joanne and me because addiction has affected my family personally. In addition to helping those that are currently struggling with addiction, we need to be active in keeping these drugs and pills out of our counties and educating our children on the dangers of taking them.”

Weaver is involved with the Door of Hope program, a support group for friends and family members of those addicted, at Fellowship Bible Church, Troy.

Following graduation from Hesston College in western Kansas, where he completed a degree in agriculture, Weaver and his wife moved their dairy farm to Grover from Lancaster County. They operated the farm until 1996 when the price of milk forced them to sell.

He later hauled milk and worked as an over-the-road truck driver for more than a decade. For the past 11 years, he has sold homes in the Mansfield area.

Weaver said he is concerned about the future of Pennsylvania because of the ongoing budget crisis.

“I know from operating my dairy farm that when the money runs out, you can’t go buy more cows. Pennsylvania is doing just that; Harrisburg has a spending problem that I would rather not see passed on to my children and grandchildren,” he said. “I am not a polished politician but I have life experience and a desire to help the people of the 68th district. I have firsthand knowledge of the effects that the decisions coming out of Harrisburg have on jobs, families, farming, energy and our everyday lives.”

Weaver said he is pro-life and a Second Amendment conservative. He and his wife are the parents of three.